Centre for European Law and Internationalisation

The UK and European Human Rights: A Strained Relationship?

College Court, Leicester, 23-24 May 2014


This two-day conference will focus upon the topical and contentious issue of the relationship between the UK and the European systems for the protection of human rights. This will encompass both the UK’s relationship with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg and the additional layer of human rights protection through the European Union. It seeks to contribute to on-going debates in the UK, and elsewhere in Europe, about the relationship between the European Court of Human Rights and national courts, which at times seems to be (perceived as) particularly antagonistic in the UK.  The conference will bring together judges, barristers and solicitors, politicians, representatives of NGOs and the media, and academics in the field.


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Accommodation can be booked separately directly with College Court. Please make reference to the conference when you book: http://collegecourt.co.uk/


Conference dinner: There will be a conference dinner on Friday, 23 May at College Court which delegates will be able to book against a charge (ca. £40). Details will be sent by email to those registered nearer the time.



Confirmed speakers and chairs include:


Judge Paul Mahoney, European Court of Human Rights

Judge Luis López Guerra, European Court of Human Rights

The Right Hon Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore, Justice of the UK Supreme Court

Dr Ed Bates, University of Southampton

Professor emeritus David Bonner, University of Leicester

Professor Bill Bowring, Birkbeck, University of London

Professor emeritus AW Bradley, University of Edinburgh

Professor Johan Callewaert, European Court of Human Rights

Olga Chernishova, European Court of Human Rights

Richard Clayton, QC, 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square

Professor Brice Dickson, Queen’s University, Belfast

Ms Alice Donald, EHRAC, Middlesex University

Professor Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, University of Oxford

Professor David Feldman, University of Cambridge

Dr Lieve Gies, University of Leicester

Professor emerita Constance Grewe, Strasbourg

Dr Barbara Havelkova, University of Oxford 

Dr Tom Hickman, Blackstone Chambers

Dr Loveday Hodson, University of Leicester

Professor Philip Leach, EHRAC, Middlesex University

Jean-Paul Marthoz, Human Rights and Media Project, Brussels 

Mr Justice McCloskey, President of the Upper Tribunal Immigration & Asylum

Professor David Mead, University of East Anglia

Professor Andreas Th. Müller, Innsbruck

Dr Noreen O’Meara, University of Surrey

Dr Oreste Pollicino, Bocconi University, Milan

Professor Robert Uerpmann-Wittzack, University of Regensburg

Professor emeritus Robin White, University of Leicester

Professor Liz Wicks, University of Leicester

Dr Reuven Ziegler, University of Reading

Professor Katja Ziegler, University of Leicester



Dr Loveday Hodson, Professor Liz Wicks and Professor Katja Ziegler



Professor Katja Ziegler, Sir Robert Jennings Professor of International Law

Director of the Centre of European Law and Internationalisation (CELI) 

School of Law, University of Leicester, Leicester LE1 7RH, katja.ziegler@le.ac.uk