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The UK and the European Court of Human Rights

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The Law Society, Middlesex University School of Law and Matrix Chambers are working together to produce a Human Rights Practice Short Course. This course will focus on the latest developments and emerging issues in European and international human rights practice: themes and systems, law and practice.

Session Two: Thursday 29 January 2015, 6pm-8pm The UK and the European Court of Human Rights


  • Dr Alice Donald (Middlesex University)
  • Professor Philip Leach (Middlesex University)

Chaired by

  • Tony Fisher, Law Society Human Rights Committee

The UK’s troubled relationship with Strasbourg has taken a critical turn with the Conservative proposals to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights if its unilateral proposals to weaken the authority of the European Court of Human Rights are rejected by the Council of Europe. This session explored the future of the UK-Strasbourg relationship in the light of the UK parties’ manifesto positions. It also examined the wider reform process within the Council of Europe, which seeks to secure the future of the Court in the face of multiple institutional and political pressures.

The course is aimed at a broad range of participants, including students, practising lawyers, NGOs, civil servants and academics. There will be nine two hour sessions (on Thursdays, 6pm – 8pm) running from January to April 2015.

The Old Council Chamber holds 65 capacity and 2 CPD points are available on request from The Law Society per session. Places are free, but registration is required. To register, sessions need to be booked individually, each session can be found on the Law Society website using The Law Society events webpage link:



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