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Human Rights in a Changing Europe – Colliding Spheres of Justice?

Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence - TREUP, School of Law, QUB

Friday, 15 June 2018 from 10:00 to 16:20 (BST)

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The conference will have two plenary panels devoted to fields illustrating discord and cooperation between the two Courts, with one key note speaker for each. Dr Evelyn Collins (Chief Executive of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland and Chair of the Board of EQUINET, the European Network of Equality Bodies) will speak on “Equality and Social Justice”, and Dr Daniel Sarmiento (University Complutense of Madrid) on “Human Rights and Administration of Criminal Justice”.

*This is a Bar Council's recognised CPD event. 

Using the image of colliding spheres, this conference invites debate on the state of human rights protection in Europe under the legal regimes of the European Union and the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR). The ECHR, as an international Treaty, obliges 47 signatory states to guarantee a range of mainly civil and political rights under the supervision of the European Court of Human Rights, while the European Union (EU) has only gradually developed human rights protection, progressing from general principles of law (1962) to the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (CFREU), legally binding from 2009 on the EU and its Member States (if implementing EU law). The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg (ECtHR) and the EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg (CJEU) interpret and uphold the respective human rights regimes, mostly in a spirit of cooperation with occasional frictions – the latter being illustrated by the CJEU’s Opinion of December 2014 rejecting the draft treaty on the EU’s accession to the ECHR. The UK’s decision to withdraw from the EU may put an end to whatever role the CFREU may have played in that State, suggesting an increasing relevance for the ECHR in guaranteeing a level playing field in human rights protection in Europe. That level playing field may well be tilted if the current government is able to realise its plans to change the way the ECHR is applied in the UK.


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Queen's University Belfast - School of Law
University Square
BT7 1NN Belfast
United Kingdom

Friday, 15 June 2018 from 10:00 to 16:20 (BST)


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