2011 Network Conference on Human Rights, Göttingen

4th Annual Conference, 15 and 16 September 2011

Participating Universities: Bristol, Budapest (ELTE), Ghent, Göttingen, Groningen, Lille – Nord de France, Turku, Uppsala
Host: University of Göttingen, Faculty of Law

The Faculties of Law of the Universities of Bristol, Budapest (ELTE), Ghent, Göttingen, Groningen, Lille – Nord de France, Turku and Uppsala cordially invite graduate students and faculty to participate in the 4th annual Legal Research Network Conference 15-16 September 2011. The conference will be hosted by the Faculty of Law of the University of Göttingen.

The conference aims for a friendly and stimulating research environment and a common space for graduate students and faculty to present and discuss international oriented legal research.

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The conference provides the opportunity for graduate students and faculty to present their research and discuss their ideas with colleagues in plenum and in a number of panels. The keynote speech will shed further light on the issue and stimulate discussion. The conference language is English.

The entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty marks a cornerstone in the development of the human rights system in Europe. By furnishing the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union with binding force and envisaging the accession of the European Union to the European Convention on Human Rights, the Lisbon Treaty created a multi-layered and complex system of human rights in Europe. These most recent developments alone call for and merit a thorough analysis and discussion among European legal academics. Beyond such historical events, however, a less visible but equally relevant development deserves academic attention. The impact of human rights law in other fields and branches of the legal system. Such impact is apparent in a number of areas of the law, such as, police law, criminal procedure, family law or labor law. However, taking a closer look reveals that there is hardly any field of the law, which is beyond the reach of human rights. This includes fields, such as tax or economic law and environmental law. Even more, on the supranational level of European law the Lisbon Treaty highlights that human rights form the core values of the European Union and, for instance, also inform its foreign relations policy. The conference will assess and reflect on the breath and magnitude of the impact of human rights on various fields and branches of the law.

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