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Inaugural lecture: Professor Philip Leach

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START DATE 1 May 2013
START TIME 12:00am

Barn 1, Hendon campus

END DATE 1 May 2013
END TIME 12:00am

Professor of Human Rights Law Philip Leach delivers his inaugural lecture, 'What is Justice? Reflections of a Practitioner at the European Court of Human Rights'

The 2012-13 series of Inaugural Lectures will showcase the widening breadth and depth of expertise at Middlesex. Staff can find out more about the series on the Inaugural Lectures page of the intranet (VPN access required).

Professor Philip Leach

Philip Leach is Professor of Human Rights Law at Middlesex University, a solicitor, and Director of the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC), also based at Middlesex. He has extensive experience of representing applicants before the European Court, in particular against the UK, Turkey and Russia. His recent human rights research projects have been commissioned, or supported, by the Nuffield Foundation, the Leverhulme Trust, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the OSCE and the Council of Europe. He is the author of ‘Taking a Case to the European Court of Human Rights’, (3rd ed., Oxford University Press, 2011). He is a member of the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody (which provides advice to the Ministerial Board on Deaths in Custody). He is on the Editorial Board of European Human Rights Law Review, and is a Trustee of the Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) and the Human Dignity Trust.

What is Justice?Reflections of a Practitioner at the European Court of Human Rights

This lecture will consider whether and how victims of human rights violations in Europe can obtain accountability and justice. Focusing on the role of the European Court of Human Rights, and in particular its jurisprudence on Chechnya, it will discuss what redress is possible and appropriate in respect of gross and systemic human rights breaches. In determining remedies, how prescriptive and directive can or should the European Court be? What is the relevance or importance of historical memory and wider societal healing? A number of the cases considered will be those brought by the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC), based in the School of Law at Middlesex University, which supports NGOs and lawyers from Russia and the South Caucasus in taking cases to the European Court.

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