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Dr Virginia Mantouvalou appointed Specialist Advisor to Joint Committee on Human Rights for Inquiry on ‘Business and Human Rights’

Dr Virginia Mantouvalou, Reader in Human Rights and Labour Law and Co-Director of the UCL Institute for Human Rights, has been appointed Specialist Advisor to the Joint Committee on Human Rights for Inquiry on ‘Business and Human Rights’.

Together with Professor Robert McCorquodale, Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Dr Mantouvalou will assist the Committee in this inquiry over the coming months.

Dr Mantouvalou said:

‘I am very pleased to be involved in the inquiry of the Joint Committee on Human Rights on Business and Human Rights. The UK led the way in the field by being the first country that published its National Action Plan in 2013 (revised in 2016), implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

It is also interesting to note that the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 contains a section on Transparency in Supply Chains. The Committee will examine the progress made by the Government this far, in an area that of course sets important challenges in regulation and compliance’.

Read more on the Joint Committee on Human Rights for Inquiry on ‘Business and Human Rights’.

Published: Jul 21, 2016 4:36:36 PM


Virginia Mantouvalou is keynote speaker at Biennial New Zealand Labour Law Conference

Published: Jan 21, 2016 11:24:01 AM

Discussing Human Rights and European Law with Lady Justice Arden

What is the relationship between human rights, European law and English law?

This question was addressed in a panel discussion on Monday at UCL Laws, in an event that celebrated the publication of Lady Justice Arden’s new book Human Rights and European Law, published by Oxford University Press.

The discussion was chaired by Dean of the Faculty, Professor Dame Hazel Genn, and introduced by the author, Lady Justice Arden. Leading the discussion was President Dean Spielmann of the European Court of Human Rights. President Spielmann, who is also an Honorary Professor at UCL Laws, offered the Strasbourg view on the issues raised by the book, which includes an insider account of EU Law and the European Court of Human Rights on domestic law in the UK.

President Spielmann emphasised the importance of judicial dialogue between and supranational courts, and the importance of respect for democracies, but also suggested that sometimes the essence of human rights is to trump decisions that have been made democratically.

Joining the discussion were UCL Laws academics, Dr Kimberley Trapp, Dr Virginia Mantouvalou and Professor George Letsas, who each focused on the main themes of Human Rights and European Law.

Dr Trapp explored terrorism and national security in judicial decision-making, while Dr Mantouvalou discussed the protection of undocumented migrant workers in relation to European and English law.

Concluding the event, Professor Letsas addressed the role of judicial dialogue and the margin of appreciation in Strasbourg case law. The event was followed by lively open discussion with members of the senior judiciary, academia and legal practice.

Read President Spielmann’s speech

View a selection of photos from the event: More...

Published: Jun 16, 2015 12:20:17 PM

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