Events in June: (1) political influences, (2) transnational human rights litigation and (3) dissenting judgments

UK Constitutional Law Group members and blog readers are invited to three events in June.

10 June 2013, starting at 5 pm: a joint event by the UK CLG, Devolution Club and London Metropolitan UniversityHow politics influences the constitution: time for new constitutional conventions? Foreword – Aleesandro Torre (chairman of the Devolution Club); chair – Sebastian Payne (co-convenor, UK CLG); speakers – Lord Norton of Louth (University of Hull and House of Lords) and Giovanni Rizzoni (House of Deputies, Italy); discussant – Peter Leyland (London Metropolitan University). Venue: Italian Cultural Institute, 39 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8NX.

The following two events are organised by BPP University College in the “Fresh Perspective on Law” series. For more information please contact the seminar convenors, Chris Monaghan ( or Thomas Bennett (

11th June 2013, starting at 6pm: “Barriers in International Law to Transnational Human Rights Litigation” by Paul Mora, Lecturer, BPP Law School. “An international trend towards States providing reparation for violations of human rights has become discernible in recent years. However, this movement has not overcome the barriers imposed by international law on individuals who seek to obtain civil remedies before the national courts of foreign states for their alleged abuses. This lecture will evaluate the international doctrines of jurisdiction and immunity in light of the recent decisions of the US Supreme Court in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, and the International Court of Justice in Germany v. Italy. It will argue that these decisions are correctly decided in so far as they recognise the horizontal nature of the international legal system whereby sovereign States are equal, and their national courts cannot assert regulatory competence over another.” Paul David Mora is a Lecturer in Law at BPP Law School, University College. He has a research interest in public international law, and his work in this field was cited by an amicus curiae brief before the US Supreme Court in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum. This event is accredited for 1 CPD Point. Venue: BPP Law School Waterloo, 137 Stamford Street, London SE1 9NN. Register here.

26th June 2013, starting at 6pm:An Evening of Dissent: Exploring the importance of Dissenting Judgments in English Law“. A discussion panel will examine the importance of dissenting judgments in English Law. In what should be a lively and informed event, the panel will look at dissenting judgments from a contemporary and historical perspective. There will be focus on the value of dissenting judgments for practitioners, as well discussing whether there is a need for clearer judgments (such as at the ECtHR). Confirmed panellists include: Professor Ian Loveland, City University; Catharine MacMillan, Reader in Legal History at Queen Mary, University of London; Richard Booth QC, One Crown Office Row; Chris Monaghan, Senior Lecturer in Law, BPP University College;· Neal Geach, Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Hertfordshire. This event is accredited for 1.5 CPD Points. Venue: BPP Law School Waterloo, 137 Stamford Street, London SE1 9NN. Register here.