Human Rights Law Centre

Annual Human Rights Student Conference: The European Court of Human Rights, 60 Years of Success?

University Park Campus
Friday 29th March 2019 (10:00-17:00)
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At nearly 60 years old, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has had to respond to major political and social changes. 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 Council of Europe 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.

We are pleased to announce that, alongside a range of high quality postgraduate student presentations, following speakers will attend:

  • 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 for more information. Tickets can be purchased from the online store. Early birds fees are available until 1 March 2019.

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Human Rights Law Centre

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

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