Current Legal Issues Colloquium 2013
Law and Michael Freeman

The Programme

Monday 1 July 2013
08:30 Registration and refreshments
09:10 Welcome
Professor Dame Hazel Genn DBE QC (Dean, UCL Faculty of Laws) and Professor Alison Diduck (UCL Laws)
09:15 Session Chair
Dr Philip Veerman (Health Psychologist and Independent Expert of the Courts, The Netherlands)

Michael Freeman’s View of Children’s Rights
Priscilla Alderson (Institute of Education, UK)

Economic and Social Rights under the CRC
Aoife Nolan  (Nottingham University, UK)

Children’s Rights and the Capability Approach: a Way Forward
Noam Peleg (UCL, UK)

Throwaway kids: The Rights of Children in Transition to Adulthood
Alice Hearst (Smith College, USA)

The Jurisprudence of Children’s Rights
Lucinda Ferguson (University of Oxford, UK)

11:00 Break
11:15 Session Chair
Mavis Maclean (OXFLAP, Oxford University, UK)

What if children had been involved in drafting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of  the Child? 

Laura Lundy and Elizabeth Welty (Queen’s University Belfast)

Children’s Rights and International Child Abduction
Rhona Schuz (Sharei Mishpat, Israel)

The meaning of “special protection” for the child in alternative care
Ruth Farrugia (University of Malta)

Children’s rights and the constitution of South Africa
Meda Couzens (University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, RSA)

A response to Michael Freeman’s call to take children’s rights seriously
John Tobin (Melbourne University, Australia)

13:00 Lunch
14:00 Session Chair
Dr Sarah Hawkes (UCL)

Progress towards abolishing physical punishment in childhood: Advancing children’s rights to dignity and respectful treatment
Bernadette Saunders (Monash University, Australia)

Michael Freeman’s contribution to children’s rights
Mark Henaghan (Otago University, New Zealand)

Children and Criminal law
Heather Keating (Sussex University, UK)

A diversion? The impact of the pre-proceedings process on care proceedings
Judith Masson (Bristol University,UK)

Best interests of the child in relocation – perspectives from lawyers in England and Wales
Ghislaine Lanteigne (UCL, UK)

15:45 Break
16:00 Session Chair
Professor Emily Jackson (LSE, UK)

The Right to Responsible Parents? Young children and healthcare law
Jo Bridgeman (Sussex University, UK)

Assisted reproduction and the child's right to know its origins: Sweden’s response to its international law obligations and new challenges raised by surrogacy.  
Jane Stoll (Uppsala University, Sweden)

Margot Brazier, Daniel Griffiths and Amel Alghrani (Manchester University, UK)

Taking the rights of the elderly patient seriously in an ageing population: lessons for the NHS: challenges for government
Jean McHale (Birmingham University, UK)

Jurisprudence and bioethics?
John Harris (Manchester University, UK)

17:45 Break

Public Lecture on  ‘Rethinking Children's Rights’
by Professor Michael Freeman (UCL Laws)

Chaired by The Rt Hon. Baroness Hale of Richmond DBE (Supreme Court of the United Kingdom)

19:00 Reception
20:00 Dinner (Optional)
Tuesday 2 July
08:45 Registration and refreshments
09:15 Session Chair
Professor Riz Mokal (UCL)

Professing Jurisprudence
Roger Cotterrell (Queen Mary, University of London)

Cricket, Gambling and Corruption
Peter Alldridge (Queen Mary, University of London, UK)

Reflections on MDF’s Law and Order in 1984
Rob Reiner (LSE, UK) abstract TBC

The Intention to Create Legal Relations and the Scope of Contract Law
Prince Saprai (UCL, UK)

11:00 Break

Session Chair
Professor Eric Barendt (UCL)

The People's Choice:  Law in Culture and Society
Lawrence Friedman (Stanford University, USA)

(In)Forming the Subject of Law: On the uses of myth in stories for children
Anne McGillivray (University of Manitoba, Canada)

The story of Rav and the butcher in the Talmud: Implications for scholars and mediators
David Nelken (University of Macerata, Italy / LSE, UK)

Philosophy of Law: Secular and Religious (with some reference to Jewish family law)
Bernard Jackson (Liverpool Hope University, UK)

13:00 Lunch

Session Chair
Professor Andrew Lewis (UCL)

Patriarchy, violence and Michael Freeman
Helen Reece (LSE)

Challenging the power of the state? The case of religious marriage and divorce
Gillian Douglas (Cardiff University, UK)

Law and Religion in an Age of Equality
Myriam Hunter Henin (UCL, UK)

Law, values and culture
John Eekelaar (University of Oxford, UK)

Children abusing parents
Jonathan Herring (University of Oxford, UK)

15:45 Break
16:00 Session Chair
Olga Khazova (Institute of State and Law, Russian Academy of Sciences)

Significant Developments in International Family Law in the Past Decade
Lord Justice Thorpe (England and Wales Court of Appeal, UK)

The Family Law World of Michael Freeman
Sanford Katz (Boston College, USA)

Michael Freeman and the rights and wrongs of resolving private law disputes
Felicity Kaganas/Christine Piper (Brunel University, UK)

Towards a Conservative theory of Family law
Andrew Gilbert (University of East Anglia/ UCL, UK)

17:45 Break

Session Chair
Alison Diduck (UCL)

Michael Freeman: A Renaissance Man
Carrie Menkel Meadow (Georgetown University)