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CURRENT LEGAL PROBLEMS LECTURE SERIES 2012-13
Human Rights and the Autonomy
of EU Law: Pluralism or Integration?
Professor Piet Eeckhout
Chaired by Professor Sir Francis Jacobs KCMG QC,
Jean Monnet Chair, King's College London
on Thursday 7 March 2013, from 6-7pm
UCL Law Faculty
Bentham House, Endsleigh Gardens
London WC1H 0EG
Accredited with 1 CPD hour by the
Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board (Pending)
About this lecture:
The EU's accession to the ECHR raises questions about the autonomy of EU law, and about the relationship between the the EU Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. The lecture will critique the prevailing theories of legal/constitutional pluralism, and propose an alternative paradigm: the integration of laws. Within integrated legal systems, the argument goes, conflicts between supreme adjudicators can be resolved from within the law. There is a law of integration, and the relationships between supreme/constitutional courts are governed by a principle of limited and shared jurisdiction.
About the speaker:
Educated at Ghent University, Belgium (LLB, LLM European Law, PhD). Before moving to the United Kingdom, taught at Ghent University and at the University of Brussels (VUB) (1993-1998). Worked in the chambers of Advocate General Jacobs at the European Court of Justice (1994-1998). Professor of European Law and Director, Centre of European Law, King’s College London (1998-2012). Currently Professor of EU Law, University College London. Co-editor of the Yearbook of European Law and of the Oxford EU Law Library (both Oxford University Press). Visiting Professor at the Catolica Global Law School, Lisbon. Associate academic member of Matrix Chambers, London. Leading authority on EU law and international economic law. Author of External Relations of the European Union (2nd ed, Oxford University Press 2011).
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