Events Archive

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Democratic Dialogue and the Constitution-Alison Young (Oxford)

05 Jun 2017 - Danson Room Trinity College

In partnership with The Programme for the Foundations of Law and Constitutional Government, the OxHRH has organised a panel discussion of Professor Alison Young’s new book, “Democratic Dialogue and the Constitution”. The book will be discussed by Paul Craig (Oxford), Michael Gordon (Liverpool) and Hayley Hooper (Cambridge), with response to follow from Alison Young.   […]

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The Role of the University in Post Colonial Societies-Justice Dikgang Moseneke (South African Constitutional Court)

24 May 2017 - St Anthony's College

Justice Dikgang Moseneke ended his term as Deputy Chief Justice on South Africa’s highest court, the Constitutional Court in May 2016.  Justice Moseneke has led an extraordinary life. He was imprisoned on Robben Island at the age of 15 for seeking to bring about the end of the apartheid regime.  When he was released from prison ten […]

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Balanced Constitutionalism-Chintan Chandrachud (Quinn Emanuel)

03 May 2017 - Seminar Room F, Law Faculty, University of Oxford

“Balanced Constitutionalism” examines the promise of the “new model” of judicial review against its performance in practice – by comparing judicial review under the Human Rights Act, 1998 (UK) to an exemplar of the old model of judicial review, the Indian Constitution. Based on a thorough analysis of judicial decisions and legislative responses in both […]

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Protecting Information in the Digital Age: A Discussion on the Protection of Official Data

21 Apr 2017 - Law Boardroom

On the 2nd February 2017 the Law Commission published a consultation paper entitled The Protection of Official Data. The paper suggests ways to improve the law around the protection of official information. The aim is to ensure that the relevant legislation – including the Officials Secrets Acts – is keeping pace with the challenges of […]

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A Conversation on Brexit’s Impact on Human Rights-Alison Young, Paul Craig, Nick Barber and Timothy Endicott (Oxford)

31 Jan 2017 - Gulbenkian Theatre, Law Faculty, University of Oxford

Brexit and the recent High Court decision in Miller v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union have raised many challenging questions on the powers of the executive, the principal of Parliament sovereignty and the future  of human rights in the UK. For instance, is Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty irrevocable? What would it mean […]

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Prisoners’ Voting Rights: The Constitutional and Policy Case for Compliance with the Judgment of the Strasbourg Court-Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC (UCL)

15 Nov 2016 - Room F, Law Faculty, Oxford University

The European Court of Human Rights, in the case of Hirst, has held that the UK’s blanket ban on prisoners’ voting offends Convention rights.  The previous Prime Minister said that prisoners voting makes him ‘physically sick’ and the House of Commons has passed a resolution in effect encouraging defiance of Strasbourg’s ruling. Apart from the […]

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Public Interest Litigation and the Advancement of Constitutional Rights in India: An Appraisal-Dr Ashwani Kumar

17 Oct 2016 - Room D, Law Faculty, Oxford Law Faculty

Dr Ashwani Kumar examines the genesis of public interest litigation (PIL) and its contribution in the progressive enlargement of constitutional rights in India through an expansive interpretation of the Indian Constitution. The relaxation of procedural requirements and the rule of locus standi, the birth of the Court’s “epistolary jurisdiction” and the suo moto exercise of […]

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Human Rights After the Election – A Near Miss or Apocalypse Now!-Adam Wagner (One Crown Office Row)

12 May 2015 - Senior Common Room, Oxford Law Faculty

With the impending 2015 UK Election we are still waiting to find out if the Human Rights Act and European Convention on Human Rights are safe for now or under serious threat. Come and hear barrister and human rights campaigner Adam Wagner’s views on the future of human rights in the UK. This seminar is being co-hosted […]

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Referrals to the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights: What Questions are Serious Enough?-Prof Fiona de Londras (Durham)

03 Feb 2015 - White and Case Room, Oxford Law Faculty

Decisions of a chamber of the European Court of Human Rights can be referred by either party for reconsideration by the Grand Chamber. These referral applications are then decided upon by a panel of five judges, which decides whether they raise sufficiently ‘serious’ questions for the Grand Chamber to be convened. The process and principles […]

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Exploring the Relationship between Identities and Judging

04 Nov 2014 - Senior Common Room, Law Faculty

Justice Mokgoro discussed the role of intersectional identities in the judicial decision making process. She drew on her personal experiences as the South African Constitutional Courts first female, black judge to highlight the pervasive role that identity plays in the process of judging, and gave an insight into the nuances of a judge’s use of identity and […]

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Comparative Equality Law – A View from the Bench

28 May 2014 - 9am, MacKesy Room, Pembroke College

On 28 May, Justice Abella of the Supreme Court of Canada and Justice Baer of the German Federal Constitutional Court discussed how the concept of equality was dealt with in their respective jurisdictions. This seminar formed part of a series of lectures funded by the Bapsybanoo Marchioness of Winchester Lectureship. Both judges drew upon high-profile cases to illustrate […]

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