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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


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