The Legacy and Future of the ECHR: Evaluating Sixty Years of the European Human Rights Project

1-2 April 2011

The Fifth Annual UCD School of Law Postgraduate Workshop was held from 1-2 April 2011. The topic for discussion The Legacy and Future of the ECHR: Evaluating Sixty Years of the European Human Rights Project brought postgraduate students, established academics and experienced practitioners from around the world together to critically analyse the European Convention of Human Rights.  The best papers presented were published in a Special Edition of the German Law Journal (2011, no. 10) commemorating the event. This papers can be found at:http://www.germanlawjournal.com/.

The Workshop was opened on the 1st April 2011 when delegates attended an address given by Deputy Registrar of the European Court of Human Rights, (ECtHR) Michael O’Boyle jointly hosted by UCD School of Law and the School of Politics and International Relations to launch the new joint masters in Human rights organised by both schools.

On 2nd April 2011, Judge of the Irish High Court and former Irish Judge to the ECtHR opened the second day of the conference with his keynote speech. The day consisted of four sessions:

  1. Legitimacy of Rulings of the European Court of Human Rights,
  2. The Relationship between the EU and the ECHR,
  3. The ECHR and State Security,
  4. The Future of the European Court of Human Rights.

The Schedule for the day was as follows:

Session 1. Legitimacy of Rulings of the European Court of Human Rights

Chair: Prof. John Jackson, University College Dublin

Discussant: Sean O'Toghda, Barrister, King’s Inns

Kanstantsin  Dzehtsiarou, University College Dublin: Living in a Changing World: Evolutive Interpretation and European Consensus. Legitimacy of the Tools of Interpretation Deployed by the European Court  of Human Rights

Adamantia Rachovitsa, University of Nottingham: Determining the Scope of a Dispute Brought Before the European Court of Human Rights: Challenges Posed by and Limits to the Recent Practice of the Court

  

Session 2. The Relationship between the EU and the ECHR

Chair: Prof. Imelda Maher, University College Dublin

Discussant: Dr. Oana Stefan, HEC Paris

Francesco Battaglia, University of Messina: The Possible Role of the Fundamental Rights Agency after the Accession of the EU to the ECHR

Roderic O’Gorman, Trinity College Dublin: The ECHR, the EU and the weakness of social rights protection at European Level

Noreen O’Meara, University of London:  Relations between the CJEU and the ECtHR: the proposed “internal review” procedure

   

Session 3The ECHR and State Security

Chair: Suzanne Egan, University College Dublin

Discussant: Carl Grainger, Chair, Irish Society of International Law

Alan Greene, University College Dublin: Separating Normalcy from Emergency: Article 15 of the European Convention on Human Rights in  the aftermath of A v UK

 

Session 4. The Future of the European Court of Human Rights

Chair : Dr. Graham Finley, University College Dublin

Discussant : Dr. Fiona de Londras, University College Dublin

Sarah Lucy Cooper, Birmingham City University: Marriage, Family, Discrimination and Contradiction: The European Court of Human Rights and the Rights of Sexual Minorities

Andrew Tickell, Hertford College Oxford: Bending the iron cage: The limits of a legal understanding of the admissibility decision-making of the European Court of Human Rights

 

The Irish Society of International Law sponsored the prize for best paper which was awarded to Roderic O’Gorman of Trinity College Dublin. Delegates then attended an evening dinner to round off a very eventful and enjoyable day.

  

The Chairman of the Irish Society of International Law (ISIL), Carl Grainger (left) and the holder of the ISIL Best Paper Prize Dr. Roderic O'Gorman (right).

 

 

The workshop was organised by UCD PhD students Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou (left) and Alan Greene (right).