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Events from the International Law and Human Rights Unit, and the wider community.

Upcoming events


"My Fourth Time We Drowned": In Conversation with Sally Hayden

5 October 2023 | 17:00 | Central Teaching Laboratories - FLEX, University of Liverpool

Organised by the International Law and Human Rights Unit in collaboration with the Institute of Irish Studies.

Join award-winning journalist and author Sally Hayden in conversation with Dr Seán Columb (School of Law and Social Justice) as she discusses some of the key findings from her groundbreaking book ‘My Fourth Time, We Drowned: Seeking Refuge on the World’s Deadliest Migration Route’, investigating human rights abuses committed against people seeking refuge, via the Central Mediterranean route, in Europe.


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The European Court of Human Rights Argumentation Strategies – Moving Away from Balancing Revie

17 October 2023 | 16:00 | School of Law and Social Justice Building

The second annual lecture from the International Law and Human Rights Unit. 

We're joined by Professor Janneke Gerards, Professor of Fundamental Rights Law at the Montaigne Centre for Rule of Law and Administration of Justice of Utrecht University (the Netherlands) and Dean of the Legal Research Master. She has published extensively on European fundamental rights, equal treatment law, judicial review and new technologies – most recently, the second edition of her handbook General Principles of the European Convention on Human Rights was published with Cambridge University Press.


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Past event highlights


EU Accession to the ECHR: "If at first you don't succeed..."

14 - 15 July 2023 | School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool

EU Law at Liverpool & International Law and Human Rights Unit

As the latest negotiations on EU accession to the ECHR inch closer to a successful conclusion, this conference explored the proposed accession agreement as well as the future opportunities and challenges facing both the EU and the ECHR legal orders.

Our first panel analysed the framework for accession. Will the new accession agreement do enough to satisfy the CJEU that the autonomy and special characteristics of EU law are respected? What particular problems are likely to arise for the EU institutions, e.g. when it comes to determining the allocation of responsibility also with the Member States? And what might accession mean for the ECHR itself, particularly during a period of significant geopolitical change across Europe – from Brexit to the war in Ukraine?

Our second panel considered certain cross-cutting themes in EU and ECHR law – not only the future of the existing Bosphorous doctrine on liability for EU acts that infringe the Convention, or the particular difficulties involved in ensuring the proper scrutiny of territorially and institutionally fragmented executive power; but also major doctrinal practices where the two systems adopt approaches that deserve to be compared and contrasted, e.g. when it comes to defining and assessing the “margin of appreciation”, or the application of European fundamental rights standards to autonomous private action.

Our final panel offered more detailed case-studies of how EU law and ECHR law might converge or diverge in their treatment of major socio-economic challenges, as well as the potential to engage in processes of mutual learning that enrich the legal heritage of European fundamental rights, e.g. in fields such as data protection, or migration, plus the “rule of law” crisis in states such as Poland and Hungary.


ILHRU Postgraduate Conference 2023 - Distortion, Distillation, Disorder: International Law and Critique Twenty Years After the Invasion of Iraq

27 - 28 March 2023 | University of Liverpool

The International Law and Human Rights Unit hosted invites postgraduate research students at its 4th Annual Postgraduate Conference in International Law and Human Rights. This year, the conference theme was “Distortion, Distillation, Disorder: International Law and Critique Twenty Years After the Invasion of Iraq”.


Russia and the Council of Europe: A Troubled Membership and Its Legacy

24 February 2023 | 11:00 - 13:00 | Hybrid Workshop

This workshop gave an overview of the difficult relations between Russia and the Council of Europe.

Speakers: Dr Ed Bates, Associate Professor in Law, University of Leicester; Professor Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou, Associate Dean (Research) for the School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool; Dr Andrew Forde, Visiting Fellow at the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the University of Galway; Dr Isabella Risini, Senior Research Associate at Ruhr-University, Germany.

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A Feminist Review of the Human Rights Act

A Feminist Review of the Human Rights Act - University of Liverpool, Feminist Legal Studies and British Academy logos

This workshop was free courtesy of funding from the British Academy and co-hosted by Professor Nicola Barker (University of Liverpool) and Feminist Legal Studies.

To view the recordings of this event, please follow the link below.

A Feminist Review of the Human Rights Act - Recordings


Council of Europe: The Conscience of Europe in a Time of Crisis

21 April 2020 | Virtual 

Chaired by Prof Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou (University of Liverpool) and Dr Stuart Wallace (Univeristy of Leeds), the discussion is joined by Dr Veronkika Bilkova (Charles University in Prague, Venice Commission); Prof Philip Leach (University of Middlesex); Rob Linham OBE (Deputy UK Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe); Jörg Polakiewicz (Director of Legal Advice and Public International Law Legal Adviser of the Council of Europe); Prof Ineta Ziemele (President of the Constitutional Court of Latvia, Former Judge of the European Court of Human Rights).

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Human Rights in the Time of Coronavirus: Does England's Lockdown Violate Human Rights Law?

7 April 2020 | Virtual

Chaired by Dr Stuart Wallace (University of Leeds), the discussion is joined by Dr Ed Bates (University of Leicester); Prof Basak Cali (Hertie School); Prof Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou (University of Liverpool); Dr Alan Greene (University of Birmingham); Dr Natasa Mavronicola (University of Birmingham).

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