UCL FACULTY OF LAWS
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Patterns of Federalism and Regionalism
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A conference – jointly organised with the Institute of Transnational Law of the University of Texas at Austin, with which the Institute of Global law has a long-term co-operation agreement – is scheduled to take place on 7 November 2003 and will be looking at:

Patterns of Federalism and Regionalism:
Lessons for the UK

Programme

9.00-9.15am Opening session:
Welcoming from the Head of Department of UCL, Professor Ian Dennis
9.15 - 10.05am VARIATIONS OF FEDERALISM
Panel Chairman:
The Rt. Hon. The Lord Maclennan
  • Justice Allen M Linden (Federal Court of Canada)
    Paper: Canadian Federalism: Continuing Compromise
  • Prof. Giovanni Grottanelli de’Santi (University of Siena)
    Paper: The Italian Variant of Federalism: Fifty Years of Experience
  • Professor Dawn Oliver (University College London)
    Paper: Regionalism in a political constitution; the UK experience
  • Mr Jean-Claude Piris (Council of the European Union)
    Paper: The European Union: A New Form of Federalism
10.05 - 10.45am Discussion
10.45 - 11.15am Coffee Break
11.15am - 12.05pm HUMAN RIGHTS AND JUDICIAL REVIEW
Panel Chairman:
The Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Sedley
  • Justice Richard Goldstone (Constitutional Court of South Africa)
    Paper: The Implications of Regionalism on the Sovereignty of Nations with Special Regard to the Protection of Human Rights & Humanitarian Intervention
  • Prof. Douglas Laycock, FAAAS (University of Texas)
    Paper: Protecting liberty in a Federal System: the US Experience
  • Dr Jörg Fedtke (University College London)
    Paper: A Europe of the regions - death knell or a new chance for human rights protection by the German Länder?
  • Prof. Takis Tridimas (University of Southampton)
    Paper: Judicial Federalism in the European Union: A Supreme Court for Europe?
12.05 - 12.45pm Discussion
12.45 - 1.45pm Lunch
1.45 - 3.00pm POLITICO-LEGAL DYNAMICS OF FEDERALISM
Panel Chairman:
Judge Carl Baudenbacher
  • Professor Sanford Levinson, FAAAS (University of Texas)
    Paper: Secession: The Achilles Heel of ‘Strong Federalism?’
  • Justice Dr Wolfgang Hoffmann-Riem (German Constitutional Court)
    Paper: Separation of Responsibilities (competences) of the Central & Regional level with regard to Legislative, Administrative & Financial Matters
  • Professor Cesare Mirabelli (Universita Tor Vergala)
    Paper: Local Autonomies, Religion & Federalism in the Italian Experience
  • Professor Lynn Baker (University of Texas)
    Paper: Federalism, Redistribution & Secession: Lessons from the U.S. Experience
  • Professor Ernest Young (University of Texas)
    Paper: “What European Devolutionaries Should Know About American Federalism”
3.00 - 3.30pm Coffee Break
3.30 - 4.15pm Final Discussion
4.15pm Closing Proceedings by The Dean of the Law School, The University of Texas at Austin, Professor William Powers Jr.
7.00pm Bus to leave Kenilworth Hotel for Dinner
7.30 - 10.45pm Pre-Dinner Drinks and Dinner at Leighton House

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