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:
"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’
Recent Decisions on British Policy on the Recognition of Foreign Governments: International Law Considerations and Constitutional Implications
Failing to Protect: Is it time to change our expectations of United Nations human rights bodies?
Comparative Utterances or the Dilemma of Comparative Lawyers
Dominic De Cogan
Tax by Law or Administrators: The Changing Boundaries
The Case for Religious Tribunals
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)
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?’