Human Rights Law Centre

Annual Student Conference 2019


European Court of Human Rights: 60 Years of Success?

Friday 29 March 2019

At nearly 60 years old, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has had to respond to major political and social changes, military conflicts and financial crises. Whilst there have been many successes during the ECtHR's impressive 60 year history, critics have also pointed to a number of failures. Accordingly, the 20th Annual Student Human Rights Conference aims to critically analyse the role of the ECtHR with a view to understanding how the Court and the European Convention on Human Rights have confronted both substantive and procedural challenges.

The conference will question whether the ECtHR is still fit for purpose? What lessons have the last 60 years taught us and what more can we do to improve it? It will also address whether the rise of populism within CoE Member states has made the Court more restrained in its jurisprudence. Finally, the conference will explore whether “forgotten minorities”, such as Roma, and other vulnerable groups are adequately protected and whether the Court takes such vulnerabilities into account in its decision making.

Call for Papers

The Student Conference Committee invites the submission of papers addressing any substantive or procedural issues from postgraduate research and taught students in any discipline on one of the themes outlined in our Call for Papers.

Using the application form, please provide a short abstract of no more than 1,000 words by 1pm, Thursday 13 December 2018 and send it to


We are pleased to announce that, alongside a range of high quality postgraduate student presentations, experts on the workings of the European Court of Human Rights will be attending. Speaking will be:

  • Mr Tim Eicke QC, UK Judge to the European Court of Human Rights
  • Dr Ed Bates, University of Leicester
  • Mr Rob Linham, Deputy Permanent Representative, UK Delegation to the Council of Europe
  • Dr Stuart Wallace, College Lecturer and Fellow at Homerton College, University of Cambridge
  • Ms Nuala Mole, Senior Lawyer, AIRE-Centre
  • Mr Rupert Skilbeck, Director, REDRESS

Download the full programme



Early bird registration is now available via the online store until 1 March 2019.

  • University of Nottingham student: £10
  • Other student: £15
  • Other delegate: £30

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Student Conference Committee at




Human Rights Law Centre

School of Law
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

+44 (0)115 846 8506