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Event - International law and human rights in the spotlight in Birmingham

Wed, 18/11/2015
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Law Live

Exploring human rights

 and international law

Saturday 5th December 2015

11:00 - 16:00

The Priory Rooms

Quaker Meeting House, 40 Bull St, Birmingham, B4 6AF


What does "human rights" mean to you? And what is the point of the European Court of Human Rights if countries don't have to take any notice of what it says?

These questions and more will be debated at the much-anticipated next live intellectual event in the Mensa Faculti series.

There are just a few places available to members of the public for this fascinating event at the popular Priory Rooms in Birmingham city centre.

Law Live will be filmed for later broadcast  for later broadcast by, the platform that provides an intellectual sounding board across a full spectrum of interests.

Faculti Law Editor Mariya Peykova will host a fascinating insight into the world of international law and its implications in today's ever changing world, connecting to human rights and government foreign policies. This is definitely a hot topic and one which will answer many questions and no doubt bring up many more!

Mariya will present international lawyer Hilary Stauffer and Dr Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou, senior lecturer from the school of law and social justice at the University of Liverpool

Both speakers will talk, debate and answer questions put to them by the audience.

Faculti founder Sam Mohammed said: “Mensa in association with Faculti proudly presents the second in our Live Event series exploring human rights and international law. Our speakers are both experts in the field, with backgrounds in law, journalism, local or national level civil society activism, and academic research. I am really looking foward to the talks covering current themes in the field both locally and internationally."

Meet the speakers . . .

Hilary Stauffer, International Lawyer

An international lawyer with extensive experience working on projects in the US, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Her specialities include international law, rule of law, human rights, humanitarian affairs and diplomacy. Hilary has a BA in International Affairs and a JD with a concentration in International Law.

Hilary Stauffer is a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. An international lawyer with extensive experience working on projects in the US, Europe, Africa, and Asia, her specialities include international law, human rights, humanitarian affairs and diplomacy. Hilary has a BA in International Affairs and a JD with a concentration in International Law. She has previously served as a diplomat in Geneva, an aid worker in Liberia, an NGO executive in Singapore and London, and a legal officer with the United Nations International Labour Organization. Since 2013, Hilary has advised law firms, think tanks and international organizations in London, Geneva, New York, and Brussels on issues relating to international humanitarian law, accountability, business and human rights, and the promotion of democracy. 

What Hilary will talk on . . .

Hilary will present a talk in two parts based on her decade of experience in the fields of international law, human rights, and foreign policy. The first part will provide a general overview of the development of modern human rights discourse, its legal underpinnings, and the different interpretations of the concept of "human rights" among various cultures and regions.

The second talk will build upon the context and background provided by the initial session, and look at the particular application and implementation of one specific right: freedom of expression. What exactly is understood by "freedom of expression" varies greatly in different countries, and even amongst major international institutions like the United Nations and the European Union. Hilary will provide key examples of the way this fundamental right is interpreted in the 21st Century.

Dr Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou is a senior lecturer in law at the University of Liverpool.

An author of the monograph - European Consensus and the legitimacy of the European Court of Human Rights (CUP, 2015) and many articles, blog posts and comments discussing the legitimacy of the European Court of Human Rights. He read for his undergraduate law degree in Belarus. Then he took a MA in European Studies from the University of Sussex. In 2007 Kanstantsin began working on his PhD project European Consensus in the Case Law of the European Court of Human Rights (UCD Dublin, Ireland) which he successfully defended in 2011. Kanstantsin moved to the University of Liverpool in 2015 from the University of Surrey where he has been a lecturer and then a senior lecturer in law since January 2012. He is also a visiting professor at the European Humanities University (Lithuania), he cooperates with international inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations as an expert in international and European human rights law. His research interests spread between interpretation of the European Convention of Human Rights, reform of the European Court of Human Rights, administration of international justice, comparative and constitutional law.

Kanstantsin will talk on . . .

Why should the states comply with judgement of the European Court of Human Rights? The European Court of Human Rights does not have a bailiff service, the court cannot effectively punish the states for non-execution of its judgements. The court has to effectively rely on its reputation and legitimacy to attach weight to its ruling. In his presentation Kanstantsin will try to consider the reasons that can “coerce” the states into compliance. The talk will particularly analyse the line of case law which is the most irritating for some states, namely prisoners voting cases.

This event is open to members and their guests

Adult - £17.00 - Click here

Student - £12.00 - Click here 

includes two talks, refreshments and biscuits

The Venue

The Priory Rooms is ideally located in the heart of Birmingham city centre and is easily accessed from three mainline railway stations, by road and by air.

The venue has hosted many Mensa Arts & Science days and is popular due to its central location. Getting there could not be easier. Click here

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