Wednesday, 25 November 2020
Tuesday, 24 November 2020
Friday, 20 November 2020
Wednesday, 18 November 2020
Guest Post: Admission of Evidence Obtained Through Ill-treatment of a Third Party by Private Individuals: the Case of Ćwik v. Poland
Tuesday, 17 November 2020
- Discusses the European Convention on Human Rights in the context of democratic theories and will appeal to those interested not just in the black letter of the European Convention law but also wider theoretical debates
- Features a detailed presentation of case law on political and electoral rights that will provide readers with an in-depth understanding of multiple issues relating to the political process as seen through the lens of the European Convention on Human Rights
- Discusses the potential for more deliberative, participatory and inclusive models of democracy'
Thursday, 12 November 2020
Wednesday, 11 November 2020
Thursday, 5 November 2020
Wednesday, 4 November 2020
Tuesday, 3 November 2020
‘inciting hatred does not necessarily involve an explicit call for an act of violence, or other criminal acts. Attacks on persons committed by insulting, holding up to ridicule or slandering specific groups of the population can be sufficient for the authorities to favour combating xenophobic or otherwise discriminatory speech in the face of freedom of expression exercised in an irresponsible manner.’
Friday, 23 October 2020
Full programme is available here:
09:30 - 09:45 | Welcome and Introduction to the Conference
Prof. Dr. Wouter Devroe, Dean of the Faculty of Law, KU Leuven
Prof. Dr. Jan Wouters, Full Professor of International Law, Director, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies - Institute for International Law, KU Leuven
09:45 - 11:15 | Panel 1: Achievements of, and Challenges for, the ECHR
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Koen Lemmens, Professor of Human Rights Law, KU Leuven
Achievements of, and Challenges for, the ECHR: a Critical Appraisal
Prof. Dr. Paolo Di Stefani, Professor in International Human Rights Law, University of Padova
The Past and Future of the Role of Civil Society in the ECHR System
Prof. Dr. Antoine Buyse, Full Professor of Human Rights at Utrecht University and Director of the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM)
Integrating the European Social Charter and the ECHR: a New and Necessary Challenge in the COVID Age?
Prof. Dr. Jeff Kenner, Chair of European Law, Human Rights Law Centre, University of Nottingham
Questions and Debate
11:15 - 12:45 | Panel 2: The ECHR and National (Constitutional) Legal Orders
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Stephan Sottiaux, KU Leuven
Procedural Rationality in Times of Authoritarian Regimes
Prof. Dr. Catherine Van de Heyning, Professor European Fundamental Rights Law, University of Antwerp
The Dialogue between the European Court of Human Rights and Domestic Constitutional Courts: the Belgian Example
Mr. Willem Verrijdt, Law Clerk (Referendaris) at the Belgian Constitutional Court, Affiliated researcher at the Leuven Centre for Public Law, KU Leuven
Navigating between Uniform Protection and Respect for National Diversity – The ECtHR’s Eternal Struggle
Prof. Dr. Janneke Gerards, Professor of Fundamental Rights Law, Utrecht University
Questions and Debate
13:30 - 14:15 | Keynote: The ECHR and European Court of Human Rights: Ready for the Next 70 Years?
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Stephan Parmentier, KU Leuven
Prof. Dr. Paul Lemmens, Judge in the European Court of Human Rights, Professor Emeritus KU Leuven
14:15 - 15:45 | Panel 3: The Convention and International Law
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Gleider Hernández, Professor of Public International Law, KU Leuven and Open University
The ECHR and Security Council Targeted Sanctions
Dr. Kushtrim Istrefi, Assistant Professor of Human Rights Law and Public International Law, Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM), Utrecht University
The European Court of Human Rights and the Attribution Rules of the International Law
Commission: Reflections on Some Currently Pending Cases
Prof. Dr. Marko Milanovic, Professor of Public International Law, University of Nottingham
The European Court of Human Rights’ Margin of Appreciation and Judicial Deference: Some Reflections
Dr. Andrew Legg, Barrister, Essex Court Chambers
Climate Change and the European Court of Human Rights: the Portuguese Youth Case Mr Gerry Liston, Legal Officer, Global Legal Action Network
Questions and Debate
16:00 - 17:30 | Panel 4: The Convention and the European Union
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Elise Muir, Professor of EU Law, Director of the Institute for European Law, KU Leuven
Litigating Fundamental Rights at the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the EU : Some Views From a Practitioner
Ms. Markella Papadouli, AIRE Centre’s Europe Litigation Coordinator and Lecturer in International and European Refugee Law at London South Bank University
The Principle of Mutual Trust and the European Convention of Human Rights: A Path Towards Harmony?
Dr. Cécilia Rizcallah, Visiting professor at the Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles, Lecturer at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and Postdoctoral Researcher at the National Fund for Scientific Research (F.R.S.-FNRS)
The Future of EU Human Rights Law: Is Accession to the ECHR Still Desirable? Prof. Dr. Tobias Lock, Professor of Law at Maynooth University
Questions and Debate
Wednesday, 21 October 2020
Thursday, 15 October 2020
The conference is part of the Seventh Regional Rule of Law Forum for South-East Europe and is hosted by Civil Rights Defenders and The Advice on Individual Rights in Europe (AIRE).
Below is the description of the conference by the organisers:
‘The Covid-19 pandemic is one of the greatest global crises since World War II. Governments all over the world have taken unprecedented measures to deal with the challenges posed by the pandemic and to limit the dangers posed to life and health. It is also the first time in the history of the Convention that many Member States have been affected concurrently by the same exceptional crisis situation, and by one which affects so many Convention rights.
The pandemic has engaged States’ positive obligations to protect life and health, whilst the measures such as lockdowns which were implemented to try to contain the pandemic and protect health have interfered with numerous other Convention rights. For example, the closure of courts, schools, places of worship and hospitality venues has raised issues under the right to a fair trial, education, freedom of religion and peaceful enjoyment of property, whilst restrictions on movement and gatherings interfered with the rights to freedom of movement, expression, association and free elections.
Clearly, the Covid-19 pandemic raises novel legal questions and new challenges regarding how to balance the multiple rights at stake. There is, therefore, no doubt that a range of Convention rights cases related to the pandemic will soon land on the desks of national and international judges. As the nature and impact of the pandemic continues to evolve, it is also likely that judicial responses to these questions will help to shape States’ responses to the pandemic going forward. It is therefore essential that those dealing with questions relating to the pandemic understand what the ECHR requires of Member States in such a context. Not only will this help to ensure a human rights compliant response to the Covid-19 pandemic, it will also impact on the development of longer-lasting human rights norms in the field of public health and help to condition the effectiveness of human rights law in emergency situations for the foreseeable future. An understanding of existing, relevant ECtHR case law can help provide the keys to overcome new challenges and provide a useful framework within which to address new legal questions.
The Forum will provide an opportunity to reflect on how existing ECtHR case law may be applied to the novel legal questions and factual situations which have arisen in the context of the pandemic. It will bring together experts in the field to discuss the extent of the positive obligations which Member States might be under, and when exactly such obligations might arise. The Forum will also facilitate conversation regarding the main threats to human rights which have arisen in the context of the pandemic and provide an opportunity for participants to share their insights into best practice solutions to these challenges based on their experience dealing with the pandemic so far. As always, the Forum will encourage collaboration between participants to develop solutions on how to manage the challenges which they continue to face and/or which may arise in the future.'