Almost all states have some form of a bill of rights in their national legal system. Whilst specific content will vary, most cover many of the same issues such as the procedure for amendment, links with international law and institutions, and the status of the bill of rights in relation to other laws. The purpose of the WG Hart Workshop 2018 is to fill a significant gap in practice and scholarship and make an original contribution to current debates by bringing together scholars to discuss the construction and content of an effective 21st century bill of rights
Alongside keynote addresses, 12 panels will address a number of the most important questions any state concluding, or revising, a bill of rights should address. These questions encompass issues relating to the process of adoption, content and institutional position of a bill of rights, as well as the relationships between the various governmental, non-governmental and international actors conditioned by the bill of rights.
11 AND 12 JUNE 2018
Panels will cover: design and implementation; links with international law; populism and the backlash against rights; protected rights; place in the national constitutional order; claimants and respondents; remedies; civil society. The full draft programme is available here.
Judge Tim Eicke, European Court of Human Rights; Harriet Harman MP, Joint Committee on Human Rights; Professor Conor Gearty, LSE; Professor Onora O'Neill, University of Cambridge; Martha Spurrier, Liberty; Janneke Gerards, Utrecht University; Professor David Mead UEA.
33 panellists and 11 chairs are taking part in the Workshop including participants from the United States, Canada, Israel, Belgium, India, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Brazil, Italy, Australia, France and the United Kingdom. A full list of participants is available here.
Standard rate for two days GBP70 (student concession GBP40). Dinner on Monday 11 June is GBP20 and must be booked and paid for separately. Please register here.
MONDAY 11 JUNE, 7PM
The Workshop Dinner will be held on Monday 11 June at Tas Restaurant, 22 Bloomsbury Street, London WC1B 3QJ. The cost is GBP20 which includes all food and drinks. It must be booked and paid for separately here.
Workshop papers will be available from 10 May 2018.
The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies is located at 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR. The area is well served by underground trains and buses. Please see here for further details on how to get to the Institute and the dinner on Monday evening, and contacts.