the sense of ‘foundations’ used …. is broad. It includes the conceptual, judicial, theoretical, administrative and regulatory foundations…..

While there is, of course, discussion concerning the foundations of administrative law in the three systems, there is nonetheless much that is imperfectly understood’

(Paul Craig, UK, EU and Global Administrative Law: Foundations and Challenges (CUP 2015) 3-4).

Over the last 40 years, EU and UK public law have evolved rapidly and in doing so transformed legal landscapes. Over his career, Professor Paul Craig has been a driving intellectual force in both these fields. This two-day conference celebrates his contribution by using his work as a touchstone for exploring how the foundations of these subjects have developed and evolved.

Registration is free (but places are limited) as the conference is kindly supported by a British Academy Small Grant, the Oxford Law Faculty, and the Programme for the Foundations of Law and Constitutional Government. You can also register for the conference dinner if so intended, for a charge of £45, and accommodation for the night of 27th September 2018 with shared bathrooms at St John’s College if needed, for a charge of £40.

The conference is now sold out. A book based on the conference is forthcoming from OUP.


Programme (as of July 2018)

Thursday 27th September 2018

10.30am: Registration and Coffee

11am-1pm: Theory

  • Chair: Professor Sabino Cassese
  • ‘The State and Other Polities; the Diverse Objects of Public Law’: Professor Neil Walker, University of Edinburgh
  •  ‘The Changing Authority Bases of Administrative Law’: Professor Janet McLean, University of Auckland
  • Commentator: Professor Nick Barber, University of Oxford

1pm- 2pm: Lunch

2-4pm: Case Law

  • Chair: Rt Hon Sir Jack Beatson
  • ‘Connecting National Courts and the ECJ’: Professor Grainne de Burca, NYU Law School
  • ‘Public Law Cases and the Common Law: A Unique Relationship?’: Professor Alison Young, University of Cambridge
  • Commentator: Professor Timothy Endicott, University of Oxford

4pm:  Coffee

4.30pm-6.30pm: Legislation

  • Chair: Professor Jean-Bernard Auby
  • ‘The Domain of Delegated Legislation’: Professor Jeff King, UCL
  • ‘Legislating and Adjudicating: Where and How to Strike the Balance’: Eleanor Sharpston QC, Court of Justice of the European Union
  • Commentator: Rt Hon Lord Justice Philip Sales, Court of Appeal of England and Wales

7 for 7.30 pm:  DINNER

After Dinner Speaker: Rt Hon Sir Stephen Sedley

Friday 28th September 2018

9am-11am: The Administrative State: Institutions and Accountability

  • Chair: Professor Alfred Aman
  • ‘Beyond Probability: The Accountability of Data Possibility’: Professor Deirdre Curtin, EUI
  • ‘The Open Road? Navigating Administrative Institutions and The Failed Promise of Administrative Law’: Professor Elizabeth Fisher, University of Oxford
  • Commentator: Professor Anne Davies, University of Oxford

11 am: Coffee

11.30am-1.30pm: The Administrative State: Process and Procedure

  • Chair:  Professor Giacinto della Cananea
  • ‘Administrative Law and Administrative Procedure’: Emeritus Professor Carol Harlow, LSE and Professor Richard Rawlings, UCL 
  • ‘Administrative Discretion in EU Law: Judicial and Administrative Review’: Professor Joana Mendes, University of Luxembourg
  • Commentator: Emeritus Professor Mark Freedland, University of Oxford

1.30pm-2.30 pm: Lunch

2.30-4.30pm: Constitutions and Rights

  • Chair: Rt Hon Lord Robert Reed
  • ‘The Challenges of Multi-Layered Constitutionalism’: Professor Cheryl Saunders, University of Melbourne
  • ‘The Transformation of Politics and Democracy in and Beyond the State’: Miguel Poiares Maduro
  • Commentator: Professor Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, Queen Mary, London.

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