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.


  • 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.