Spring EU law events

We’ll be back after the break, but in the meanwhile the following events might be of interest to readers:

Opinion 2/13 on accession by the European Union to the ECHR: Is it convincing? Is there a way forward? Are there wider constitutional implications?

UKAEL Seminar, 23 April 2015, 18.30 – 20.00

Council Room, Strand Campus, King’s College London

£25 current UKAEL members / £40 general public

Featuring Professor Sir Alan Dashwood QC, Dr Tobias Lock, Professor Michael Dougan and Professor Philippa Watson. You can book places here.

The Academy of European Law summer courses at the European University Institute, Florence

The Academy of European Law summer courses in Human Rights Law and European Union law, given by leading authorities from the worlds of practice and academia, provide high-level programmes for researchers and legal practitioners.

This year’s Human Rights Law Course will be held on 15 – 26 June. It comprises a General Course on ‘The Future of Human Rights Fact-finding’ by Philip Alston (New York University Law School) and a series of specialized courses on the topic of ‘The Futures of Human Rights’ by leading scholars.

The Law of the European Union Course will be held on 29 June – 10 July. It features a General Course on ‘What’s Left of the Law of Integration?’ by Julio Baquero Cruz (Member of the Legal Service of the European Commission) and a series of specialized courses on the topic of  ‘Harmonization in a Changing Legal Context’ by leading scholars and practitioners in the Law of the European Union.

The two-week courses are held at the European University Institute in Florence. Applications close on 8 April. For further information see the Academy’s website at www.ael.eu/AEL

Event: BIICL Annual Grotius Lecture 2015

On Thursday 26 March 2015 Eleanor Sharpston QC, Advocate General at the CJEU, will deliver the 2015 Annual Grotius Lecture on the subject ‘Squaring the Circle? Fighting Terrorism whilst Respecting Fundamental Rights’. This event looks to be of great interest to barristers, solicitors, judges, arbitrators, government officials, intergovernmental officials, academics, students and all with an interest in European law. More details are available here.

Events: Human Rights Week 2014 at Matrix Chambers

Matrix is putting on two events in Human Rights Week (w/c 8th December) designed to celebrate Human Rights Day, held annually on the 10th December 2014 by the UN.

Tuesday 9 December, 6.30pm

‘Are international institutions and international law practices encouraging or stifling the private sector’s approach to diversity and female inclusivity?’

As part of a week-long, profession-wide series of events put together by The Law Society to celebrate Human Rights Day, Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and Matrix Chambers invite you to a panel discussion by leading academics and legal and business professionals on gender and female inclusivity. Given the gender equality and inclusivity obligations in international treaties, such as the UN Charter, and the role of international institutions in underpinning international relations and many of these international law obligations, the lack of visible commitment or tangible progress concerning women is surprising. Are there lessons to be learnt from the private sector? If so, why?

The panel (including Matrix’s Karon Monaghan QC and Professor Christine Chinkin) will explore this topic by looking at the constitution and operation of a number of international institutions and international law practices, and current experience in the private sector.

There will also be an exhibition of photographs from PhotoVoice’s Voice of Freedom project, which supports women who have been trafficked to express themselves through photography, and to play an active role in campaigning against modern day slavery.

This event is taking place at BLP. For booking details, please visit the Law Society’s website.

Wednesday 10 December, 5pm

Twitter Q&A with Hugh Southey QC, ‘Should everyone be entitled to Human Rights?’ Get involved by following @MatrixChambers. Send your questions in advance to 1Marketing@matrixlaw.co.uk and we will be sure to get them answered for you.

For more information on other events taking place within the legal profession during Human Rights Week, please visit the Law Society website, and for more information on Human Rights Day, please visit the UN website.

 

Some comments on the UKAEL ‘Untying the Knot with Europe’ seminar

On 28 October 2014 the UK Association for European Law hosted a practitioners’ seminar: ‘Untying the knot with Europe: The legal implications of UK withdrawal from the EU‘. Topics covered included the legally complex and probably lengthy process of withdrawal from the EU involving disengagement from EU institutions and agencies, vested EU rights of individuals and companies, a review of UK legislation with an EU provenance, and settling the UK’s future relationship with the EU and the rest of the world.

Rhodri Thompson QC’s observations from the event are available in PDF here.

Events round-up

Over the past few weeks we have spotted a few interesting up-coming conferences, seminars and lectures, which we thought we would share with our readers.

On Monday 13th October, IALS are putting on what is bound to be an excellent seminar entitled “The Court of Justice of the European Union”.  The speaker is none other than Eleanor Sharpston, QC, Advocate General at the Court of Justice. See here for more details.

With the possibility of an in/out referendum if the Conservative party form the next Government, now seems like an opportune moment to consider the legal implications of ‘no’ prevailing.  Handily, the UK Association for European Law have had the same thought.  On 28 October, Professor Sir Alan Dashwood QC, Martin Howe QC, and our very own Rhodri Thompson QC will be speaking at a seminar entitled ‘Untying the knot with Europe: The legal implications of UK withdrawal from the EU’, chaired by Professor Philippa Watson.   More details here.

 On the  EU competition law front, the Franco-British Lawyers Society is holding a colloquium this Friday, 10 October, at the Competition Appeal Tribunal to discuss developments in competition and regulatory law in the UK, France, the EU and the USA, and in particular the soon to be adopted EU Directive on antitrust damages actions.  See here for more details.

And in the field of EU economic law, Professor Sue Arrowsmith will be delivering one of UCL’s Current Legal Problems lectures on 4 December entitled “Rethinking ‘economic’ derogations and justifications under the EU’s free movement rules: Proposals for a new approach and a taxonomy”.  Details here.

Event: The EU Air Passenger Rights Regulation 261/2004: Ten Years On

College of Europe, Bruges, 26-27 September 2014.

Organised jointly with the IECL, Oxford, with the kind support of the Söderberg Foundation.

This workshop will be the second in a recently established EU Law in the Member States series (Hart Publishing), dedicated to exploring the impact of landmark CJEU judgments and secondary legislation in legal systems across the European Union.  J Malenovský of the Court of Justice will give a keynote address, and the meeting will bring together generalist EU lawyers and experts in the field, combining perspectives from a wide range of different member states in order to compare and analyse the effect of EU law on domestic legal systems and practice.

A programme is already online; to register, please go here.

For further information, please contact jeremias.prassl@law.ox.ac.uk or michal.bobek@coleurope.be.