Public Law and Human Rights discussion group

The Public Law and Human Rights Discussion Groupmeets throughout the academic year to provide staff and students who share an interest in public law and human rights with a dedicated, informal and friendly forum to present their work and to discuss issues of current interest. 

Meetings typically take the form of an introductory presentation of around 20 minutes given by a member of staff or a student, with around 40 minutes for discussion. Presentations can be on work in progress or a more informal commentary on recent developments.

  Previous meetings have included:

  • Jane Norton
    "Regulating Group Membership: Associational Religious Freedom and Discrimination Law"
  • Marco Goldoni (Glasgow) Chris McCorkindale (Strathclyde)
    “Parliamentary Sovereignty and the Paradox of the Political”
  • David Williams (University of Auckland)
    "The Crown: Legal and Symbolic Perspectives on an Essentially Contested Concept’
  • Colin Warbrick
    Recent Decisions on British Policy on the Recognition of Foreign Governments: International Law Considerations and Constitutional Implications
  • Rosa Freedman
    Failing to Protect: Is it time to change our expectations of United Nations human rights bodies?
  • Sophie Boyron
    Comparative Utterances or the Dilemma of Comparative Lawyers
  • Dominic De Cogan
    Tax by Law or Administrators: The Changing Boundaries
  • Jane Norton
    The Case for Religious Tribunals
  • Gulara Guliyeva
    Bringing Rights Back Home or Pushing Them Further Away? A Response to Michael Pinto-Duschinsky’s Criticisms of the HRA and the European Court of Human Rights

Spring 2014 Schedule:

Wednesday 4 February, 2-5:30pm (G05)
Roundtable discussion with Professor David Dyzenhaus (Toronto and Cambridge).
Two papers: 1) Dreaming the Rule of Law’; and 2) Dworkin and Unjust Law’.

(*if you have not yet indicated your attendance, could you please send Jane Norton an email.*)

Tuesday, 17 February, 1pm (SCR)
Dr Alexander Williams (Durham)
Paper: TBA

Tuesday 3 March, 1pm (SCR)
Dr Maureen Mapp (Birmingham)
Paper: ‘Towards a reconceptualisation of impartiality in the African human rights mechanism: lessons from clan court approaches.’

Tuesday 17 March, 5pm (SCR)
Perspectives on Public Law series: Richard Percival (Cardiff and former Law Commissioner)

Thursday 19 March, 1pm (SCR)
Professor Gavin Phillipson (Durham)
Paper: ‘Are Constitutional Conventions Legitimate?’