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Chamber to host Middlesex human rights discussion series

Leading human rights organisation Matrix Chambers will host a series of Middlesex University law talks featuring top human rights experts from both.

Leading human rights organisation Matrix Chambers will host a series of Middlesex University law talks featuring top human rights experts from both.

Minority rights, immigration, the death penalty, and sexual orientation and gender rights will amongst the topics discussed at the series to be held in Matrix Chambers’ central London headquarters. The experts will examine the latest developments and emerging issues in European and international human rights practice.

The events are aimed at aimed at anyone with an interest in human rights law including students, practising lawyers, NGOs, civil servants and academics.  There will be seven sessions all Tuesdays, 6pm – 8pm, running from October 2013 to January 2014.

Places are free, but registration is required. To register, please email Christiana Rose at the Middlesex University School of Law:

The Matrix Chambers is based in Griffin Building, Gray's Inn, London, WC1R 5LN.

The events:

Equality in Europe
Tuesday 5 November 2013, 6pm-8pm
Dr. Erica Howard (Middlesex University)
Professor Aileen McColgan (Matrix Chambers)
Luxembourg v. Strasbourg – where best to bring discrimination cases? Freedom of religion after Eweida. The impact of the Charter of Fundamental Rights and EU accession to Strasbourg.

International Criminal Justice
Tuesday 19 November 2013, 6pm-8pm
Professor William Schabas (Middlesex University)
The Hague tribunals are at the centre of international criminal justice, but much goes on at the national level too, around issues of amnesty, immunity and universal jurisdiction, for example. These matters will be discussed in an exploration of the interaction between national and international legal systems where prosecution for international crimes is involved.

Tackling systemic violations in Europe - developments at the European Court of Human Rights
Tuesday 3 December 2013, 6pm-8pm
Professor Philip Leach (Middlesex University)
Jessica Simor QC (Matrix Chambers)
Systemic human rights violations and pilot judgments. New forms of redress. Extra-territorial application of the ECHR. Human rights in conflict and post-conflict situations and the duty to investigate. Implementation of judgments. Reform of the Court.

Minority Rights as Constitutional Rights
Tuesday 17 December 2013, 6pm-8pm
Professor Joshua Castellino (Middlesex University)
How to achieve de facto equality? Minority rights in comparative constitutional law: land rights, political participation, freedom of religion, language rights, socio-economic rights.  International law developments on affirmative action (CERD) and land rights. Case studies on: India, China, Syria.

Consolidation of new rights at the UN - sexual orientation and gender rights
Tuesday 7 January 2014, 6pm-8pm
Dr. Elvira Dominguez Redondo (Middlesex University)
Professor Christine Chinkin (The London School of Economics and Political Science)
Tracing the development of sexual orientation and gender rights before the Human Rights Committee, the Special Procedures and the Universal Periodic Review system. Urgent appeals to, and visits of, the Special Procedures.

The Death Penalty
Tuesday 21 January 2014, 6pm-8pm
Dr Nadia Bernaz (Middlesex University) & Julian Knowles QC
The application of the death penalty in the US, the Middle East and Asia. The death penalty before UN and regional systems. The respective roles of the Privy Council and the Caribbean Court of Justice. Extradition and the death penalty.

Tuesday 18 February 2014, 6pm-8pm
Samantha Knights (Matrix Chambers)
Dr. Helena Wray (Middlesex University)
Immigration, family life and Article 8 ECHR: what are the legal principles and who decides what they mean? Unpicking the relationship between legislature, executive and the UK and European courts.

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