Justice for All. What can Law and the Courts do in Hard Times?

Date: Friday 16 October 2015

Time: 13:45 - 18:30

Venue: Middle Temple, Middle Temple Lane, London EC4Y 9AT

Speakers: Professor Geraldine Van Bueren

CPD: 4

Fee: Free

Half Day Conference


1:45pm Registration

2.00pm Introduction- Stephen Hockman QC, Bencher & Treasurer of the Middle Temple

2.10pm Chair- Professor Geraldine Van Bueren QC, Bencher of the Middle Temple and Queen Mary Human Rights Collegium

2.15pm ‘Social Justice, the United Nations and the United Kingdom’ Virgínia Brás Gomes Cabinete Diretor-Geral, Member of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights ‘The United Nations Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the United Kingdom’ 

2.45pm Discussion

3.00pm ‘Social Justice, Europe and the United Kingdom’ Professor Sandra Fredman FBA QC, Rhodes Professor of Law, Oxford ‘The inevitability of indivisibility; protecting socio-economic rights under the European Convention on Human Rights’

3.30pm Colme O’ Cinneide, General Rapporteur of the European Committee on Social Rights, Council of Europe’s Social Charter and Reader in Law, University College London ‘The UK's Existing Social Rights Obligations under the European Social Charter’

4.00pm Professor Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, Queen Mary, Queen Mary Human Rights Collegium ‘The European Union and Social Justice’

4.30pm Questions and Discussion

4.45pm Tea

5.15pm ‘Social Justice and the United Kingdom’ Professor Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC, Founder of the human rights law firm Bindmans LLP ‘Equal access to justice as both a fundamental right and a necessity in a democratic society’

5.45pm Richard Drabble QC, Landmark Chambers ‘Can welfare rights survive in an age of austerity?’

6.15pm Questions and Discussion

6.30pm Reception

To book your place please email Professor Geraldine Van Bueren QC g.v.bueren@qmul.ac.uk

The conference take place in the Sherrard Room inside the Rutledge Suite, located in the Ashley Building which is the Middle Temple Treasury. For directions please see this map

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