Housing Rights Seminar

Date: Friday 04 December 2015

Time: 11:00 - 16:00

Location: 53-54 Doughty St, London WC1N 2LS

Venue: Doughty Street Chambers

Speakers: Jamie Burton, Adrian Berry, Garden Court Chambers, London Dr. Padraic Kenna, NUI Galway, Ireland


  • Human Rights and Horizontal effect - how can human rights be used to help tenants/occupiers in the private rented/mortgage sector?  Insights from and discussions with European colleagues.
  • Eligibility for social assistance and free movement of persons – the EU Commission is looking at the UK’s Right to Reside test whilst the UK wants to extend discrimination against EEA nationals to include state benefits paid to those in work. We will look at the European position generally and what the future holds for equal treatment as regards access to social assistance in the EU?
  • Positive obligations – using jurisprudence from international and national courts, international treaty bodies, and the EU to strengthen access to accommodation for homeless people. Illustrative examples from the response to trafficking to be given. Learning from the UK’s legislative context and filling the gaps.
  •  Housing and the migrant crisis. The positive obligation to support asylum seekers and other irregular migrants in Lesbos, Calais, Sicily, London and elsewhere around Europe.


Confirmed speakers include: 

Jamie Burton, Doughty Street Chambers & Just Fair, London

Adrian Berry, Garden Court Chambers, London

Dr. Padraic Kenna, NUI Galway, Ireland


To register for this seminar, please fill in the registration form here or for more information, please contact  samara.jones@feantsa.org

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