The European Court of Human Rights and the UK: A New Court for a New Era? – Conference report

Leicester Law School conference with Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.

CELI, jointly with the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, organised a high profile conference on the fourth anniversary of the Brighton Declaration of April 2012. The event provided an opportunity to hear leading experts consider how the Strasbourg Court has evolved in recent years and reflect upon its longer-term future. Speakers also considered how the reform process has informed debate in the UK about the European Court/Convention system and a possible British Bill of Rights.

A summary report of the conference is now available (pdf) pdf file

The conference was part of a series of events marking the 50th Anniversary of the Leicester Law School.


This conference will look at how the European Court of Human Rights has developed its approach to substantive decision making over the last five years, which is of relevance to the current debate about reform of the Human Rights Act. It will be an opportunity to hear from leading experts on the process of convention reform, including the important report on the convention’s ‘Longer-term Future’ (December 2015). Dominic Grieve QC, the former Attorney General and Sir Nicolas Bratza QC (former President of the Court) are amongst the speakers.

Leicester Law School was founded in 1966, the same year that the UK accepted the jurisdiction of the Strasbourg Court. The Conference will provide an opportunity to take stock of the position of the Court at another critical moment in its history. The conference is part of Leicester Law School’s Jubilee celebrations (1966-2016) and is being held with the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law (London).

The Conference continues on from ‘The UK and European Human Rights: A Strained Relationship?’ a two day event held in Leicester in May 2014 – which led to a major publication by Hart, edited by Prof Katja Ziegler, Prof Liz Wicks and Dr Loveday Hodson.

Full conference details and booking (via Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law)
Conference poster (pdf) pdf file

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