Building a 21st Century Bill of Rights

Building a 21st Century Bill of Rights
11 Jun 2018, 10:30 to 12 Jun 2018, 18:00
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR


W G Hart Legal Workshop 2018

Building a 21st Century Bill of Rights

Keynote speakers include:
Judge Tim Eicke, European Court of Human Rights
Professor Conor Gearty, LSE
Baroness Onora O’Neill, House of Lords and University of Cambridge
Professor Colm O’Cinneide, UCL
Martha Spurrier, Director, Liberty
Professor Janneke Gerards, Utrecht University
• plus a further 35 contributors

Almost all States have some form of a bill of rights in their national legal system. Whilst their specific content will vary, most cover many of the same issues such as the procedure for amendment, links with international law and institutions, and the status of the bill of rights in relation to other laws. The purpose of this workshop is to fill a significant gap in practice and scholarship and make an original contribution to current debates by bringing together scholars to discuss the construction of an effective 21st century bill of rights.

Whilst there has been discussion in the UK concerning the adoption of a “British” Bill of Rights, debate has focused on – and been largely limited to – addressing perceived negative characteristics of the Human Rights Act 1998. Creative thinking about topics such as the process of drafting a bill of rights, the role of human rights-promoting institutions, the extension of human rights law to the private sector and the experience of other jurisdictions is largely either absent or compartmentalised.

Alongside keynote addresses, there will be parallel sessions covering:
• Design and implementation.
• Linkages with international and comparative laws and institutions.
• Populism and the backlash against rights
• The protected rights.
• The bill of rights in the national constitutional order.
• Claimants and respondents.
• Remedies.
• Rights and civil society.

Academic Directors
Professor Merris Amos (School of Law, Queen Mary University of London):  
Professor Roger Masterman (Durham Law School, Durham University):  
Dr Hélène Tyrrell (Newcastle Law School, Newcastle University):   

The draft programme for Building a 21st Century Bill Rights is available here

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Workshop Fees:
•Standard Rate: £70.00; Standard Concession for Students: £40.00.
•Speakers Rate: £35.00; Speakers Student Concession: £25.00.
•Dinner on Monday 11 June: £20.00.
•Note: Keynote Speakers and invited guests attend free, but are asked to book their place.


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