Fundamental Rights In Europe: A Matter For Two Courts

Fundamental Rights In Europe: A Matter For Two Courts

18 January 2013, Oxford Brookes University

The aim of this workshop is to bring together scholars, judges and policy makers to discuss the legal framework for the protection of fundamental rights in Europe. This event will reflect on the relationship between the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) in Luxembourg and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg. It will examine the current state of accession of the European Union to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and consider the legal implications of the accession for the protection of the fundamental rights of EU and non-EU citizens. It will explore this theme from a number of different angles and as such it is divided into four main streams: employment rights, citizenship and migration, fundamental rights versus fundamental freedoms and access to justice.

The following themes will be explored:

  • Overview of the EU law and policy aiming at legal integration based on rights;
  • Analysis of legal implication s of the EU Charter, the EU accession agreement and the ECRH in relation to: employment law, citizenship and migration and trade in Europe; analysis of the ECHR and ECJ case law in the respective areas;
  • Evaluation of the relationship between the ECJ and the ECtHR and their mechanisms;
  • Examination of the interplay between EU, ECHR and national level: the extent to which the EU/ECHR fundamental rights’ caveat sits with simultaneous developments in strategies/law and policies at national levels;
  • Analysis of the effects/ impacts of the different laws/policies on the lives of EU citizens/residents, and the potential discrepancy between formal rights and the actual ability of people to enjoy these;
  • Legal implication in relation to the EU Draft Accession Agreement to the ECHR

The morning plenary session will be followed by four parallel afternoon sessions and a final round table.

Conference programme
09:00–09.30 Registration over tea and coffee
09:30–12:30 Morning plenary session (one tea and coffee break)
12:30–13.30 Buffet lunch will be provided
13:30–15.30 Four Parallel Sessions (one tea and coffee break)
15.30–16.30 Final Round Table

Confirmed participants

  • Mr Niilo Jaaskinen, Court of Justice of the European Union (Advocate General)
  • Ms Kristi Raba, Council of the European Union
  • Mr Joerg Polakiewicz, Human Rights Law and Policy Division, Council of Europe
  • Professor Paul Craig, University of Oxford
  • Professor Stephen Weatherill, University of Oxford
  • Professor Titia Loenen, Utrecht University
  • Judge Dragoljub Popović, European Court of Human Rights

The Conference has been convened by the Centre for Legal Research and Policy Studies, School of Law:

The British Academy funded a project for which this conference is an outcome.

British Academy


Lucia Brieskova

Conference Administrator


Date and time

Friday 18 January 2013
09:00 until 17:00


Music and Green Rooms, Headington Hill Hall, Headington Campus

Registration and fees

To register please complete online registration form:

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There is a registration fee of £20.00 for delegates and £10.00 for students.