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2017 UCL Laws Post Graduate and Early Career Conference

By ucqhiry, 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