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    2017 UCL Laws Post Graduate and Early Career Conference

    By Ira Ryk-Lakhman, on 28 February 2017

    We are pleased to publish the program for the 2017 UCL Laws Postgraduate and Early Career Conference.

    The Conference theme is ‘Art of Balancing: The Role of Law in Reconciling Competing Interests’. The event will take place at UCL main campus on 30-31 March 2017.

    The program of the event is provided below. The full Conference booklet, including abstracts and presenters is available here.

    Please note: The event is free and open to the public, however registration is mandatory.

    30 March 2017

    Main Quad Pavilion Wilkins Building (Main Building)


    08:30 – 09:15 Registration and breakfast

    09:15 – 9:45 Opening remarks (Prof Richard Moorhead, Vice Dean of Research, UCL)

    09:45 – 11:45 Panel 1

    Human Rights and the Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights

    • John Dingfelder Stone (Rhein-Wall University of Applied Sciences) ‘Undervaluing the Right to an Interpreter: How Societal and Judicial Interests Threaten the Fairness of Multilingual Criminal Proceedings’
    • Juha Tuovinen (European University Institute) ‘Balancing, the Margin of Appreciation and European Consensus: Why the European Court of Human Rights Does Not Rely on European Consensus in Article 8-11, Why It Should, and How To Fix the Situation’
    • Tara Beattie (Durham University) ‘Porn, Privacy and Public Morals Re-Dressed’
    • Rose Ireland (UCL) ‘Human rights and modern slavery: the obligations of states and corporations in relation to forced labour in global supply chains’
    • Discussants: Dr Ronan McCrea (UCL) and Dr Inga Thiemann (UCL)
    • Secondary Commentators: Zdeněk Červínek, Giulia Frosecchi

    12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break


    13:00 – 14:15 Panel 2

    Jurisprudence and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Law

    • Pieter Augustijn Van Malleghem (Harvard University) ‘Proportionality and the Erosion of Formalism’
    • Federica Coppola (European University Institute) ‘Mapping criminal brains to predict criminal behavior: New frontiers in neurocriminology, new challenges for the law’
    • Maytal Gilboa and Omer Pelled (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) ‘A Welfarist Perspective on Autonomy’
    • Discussants: Paul Troop (UCL) and Simon Palmer (UCL)
    • Secondary Commentators: Maytal Gilboa, Donald Bello Hutt

    14:15 – 14:30 Break


    14:30 – 16:15 Panel 3

    EU Law and IP Law

    • Auke Willems (Vrije Universiteit Brussels) ‘Reconciling competing interests in EU criminal law: the principle of mutual trust’
    • Desmond Johnson (The Hague University of Applied Sciences) ‘Institutional Balance as Constitutional Dialogue: A Republican Balancing Act for the EU Constitutional Order?’
    • Eduardo Álvarez Armas (Université Catholique De Louvain) ‘Accommodating diverging international environmental obligations: the ECJ’s approach to avoiding legal conflict in the Commune de Mesquer case
    • Pinar Oruc (Queen Mary University of London) ‘Competing Interests in the Orphan Works Problem’

    16:15 – 16:30 Break


    16:30-18:00 Panel 4

    States, Groups, and the International Community

    • Aikaterini Christina Koula (Durham University) ‘The definition of Human Rights Defenders’
    • Boshko Stankovski (University of Cambridge) ‘Which law, whose standards? The role of international law in resolving competing claims and ensuring securitisation and democratisation of new states’         
    • Iryna Bogdanova (University of Bern) ‘United Nations “targeted” economic sanctions and individual human rights of their “targets”: what is the role of Article 103 of the UN Charter?’
    • Discussant: Dr Ruvi Ziegler (University of Reading)
    • Secondary Commentators: Juha Tuovinen, Johannes Hendrik Fahner



    31 March 2017

    Main Quad Pavilion Wilkins Building (Main Building)

    9:30 – 11:00 Panel 5

    Environmental law

    • Stavros Pantazopoulos (European University Institute) ‘The Protection and Restoration of the Environment in the post-conflict phase: An assessment of the legal framework and the way forward’
    • Anne-Claire Bernard-Tomasi (University of Westminster) ‘The Interplay between Environmental Protection and the Market through the lens of Disclosure and Confidentiality of Information: Pragmatism over Dogmatism’
    • Discussant:  Chiara Armeni (UCL, Sussex University)
    • Secondary commentator: Johannes Hendrik Fahner, Iryna Bogdanova

    11:00 – 11:30 Break


    11:30 – 13:15 Panel 6

    Labor Law and Socio-Economic Rights

    • Emily Hancox (University of Edinburgh) ‘Equal Access to Social Benefits or Preventing an Unreasonable Burden: Reconciling Overlapping Secondary Legislation’
    • Zdeněk Červínek (Palacký University, Olomouc) ‘Proportionality or Rationality? Assessing Reasonableness in Socio-Economic Rights Cases: A Study of Constitutional Review Standards of Czech Constitutional Court’
    • Ksenia Mikhailichenko (National Research University ‘Higher School of Economics’, Moscow) ‘The Right of Freedom of Association: Role of International Labor Standards in Russian Practice’;
    • Discussant: June Namgoong
    • Secondary commentators: Tara Beattie, Rose Ireland

    13:15 – 14:30 Lunch Break


    14:30 – 16:00 Panel 7

    Proportionality and Political Considerations in Adjudication

    • Donald Bello Hutt (Kings College London) ‘Constitutional interpretation and institutional perspective: a deliberative proposal’
    • Araceli Turmo (Université Panthéon-Assas) ‘Procedural Law as an Exercise in Reconciling Public Interest and Individual Rights: The Example of Res Judicata’
    • Discussant: Dr Jeff King (UCL)
    • Secondary Commentators: Desmond Johnson, Emily Hancox

    16:00 – 16:30 Break


    16:30 – 18:00 Panel 8

    Investment, Energy, and Trade

    • Otabek Ismailov (University of Ottawa) ‘Reconciling Public and Private Interests in Investor-State Arbitration Cases Involving Argentina: Necessity, Proportionality or Margin of Appreciation?’
      Johannes Hendrik Fahner (University of Luxembourg/University of Amsterdam) ‘Intensity of Judicial Review in International Adjudication: Balancing State Sovereignty against Regime Effectiveness’
    • Michael Imran Kanu (Central European University) ‘Towards Scaling the Energy Financing Predicament in Sub-Saharan Africa: Stating a Case for Legal and Regulatory Reforms’

    18:00-18:15 Closing Remarks