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16:30 - 18:00 8 December 2011

The 1st Annual Sakharov Debate on Human Rights. The European Court of Human Rights – What’s at Stake?


Europe House (link Map)
32 Smith Square | London | SW1P 3EU | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Shami Chakrabarti, Director, Liberty
Richard Buckland, MP, South Swindon
Richard Bellamy, Director, UCL European Institute
Colm O'Cinneide, UCL Laws Faculty
Charles Tannock, Member of the European Parliament
Joshua Rozenberg, Panel Chair, BBC Radio 4: Law in Action

Why do democratic states with well-functioning mechanisms for protecting human rights submit to international human rights conventions? At first glance, these seem to lack the democratic legitimacy of domestic constitutions, while their courts appear to be more distant from the concerns of those to whom their judgments apply. Some argue that this helps secure the courts’ independence. Others fear that it makes it harder to consider these rights in context and to take account of the knock-on affects of their decisions.

These issues have been highlighted in the recent political debates in the UK about decisions taken by the European Court of Human Rights, and the UK’s obligations under the European Convention of Human Rights.

This event, hosted by the European Parliament UK Office and the UCL European Institute on the occasion of the annual Sakharov Prize, will tackle the urban myths as well as legitimate worries regarding the role of human rights legislation in today’s society.


Joanna Zywotko, European Parliament Office
+44 (0)20 7679 5808 or (0)20 7679 3720 | Joanna.ZYWOTKO@ext.ec.europa.eu


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