Friday 23 October 2020

Online Conference: The European Convention on Human Rights at 70

On 4 November 2020, KU Leuven in cooperation with AHRI is organizing an online conference entitled The European Convention on Human Rights at 70: Achievements, Challenges and Interactions with Legal Orders. The conference will have four panels. The first one will look at the achievements of and challenges for the ECHR. The other three panels will explore the relationship between the ECHR on the one hand and the national, EU and public international law on the other hand. Judge Paul Lemmens of the European Court of Human Rights will give a keynote on whether the European Court is ready for the next 70 years. For registration click here.


Full programme is available here:


09:30 - 09:45 | Welcome and Introduction to the Conference

Prof. Dr. Wouter Devroe, Dean of the Faculty of Law, KU Leuven

Prof. Dr. Jan Wouters, Full Professor of International Law, Director, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies - Institute for International Law, KU Leuven


09:45 - 11:15 | Panel 1: Achievements of, and Challenges for, the ECHR 

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Koen Lemmens, Professor of Human Rights Law, KU Leuven


Achievements of, and Challenges for, the ECHR: a Critical Appraisal 

Prof. Dr. Paolo Di Stefani, Professor in International Human Rights Law, University of Padova


The Past and Future of the Role of Civil Society in the ECHR System

Prof. Dr. Antoine Buyse, Full Professor of Human Rights at Utrecht University and Director of the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM)


Integrating the European Social Charter and the ECHR: a New and Necessary Challenge in the COVID Age?

Prof. Dr. Jeff Kenner,  Chair of European Law, Human Rights Law Centre, University of Nottingham


Questions and Debate


11:15 - 12:45 | Panel 2: The ECHR and National (Constitutional) Legal Orders  

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Stephan Sottiaux, KU Leuven 


Procedural Rationality in Times of Authoritarian Regimes

Prof. Dr. Catherine Van de Heyning, Professor European Fundamental Rights Law, University of Antwerp


The Dialogue between the European Court of Human Rights and Domestic Constitutional Courts: the Belgian Example

Mr. Willem Verrijdt, Law Clerk (Referendaris) at the Belgian Constitutional Court, Affiliated researcher at the Leuven Centre for Public Law, KU Leuven


Navigating between Uniform Protection and Respect for National Diversity – The ECtHR’s Eternal Struggle

Prof. Dr. Janneke Gerards, Professor of Fundamental Rights Law, Utrecht University


Questions and Debate


Lunch Break


13:30 - 14:15 |  Keynote: The ECHR and European Court of Human Rights:                                      Ready for the Next 70 Years?

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Stephan Parmentier, KU Leuven


Prof. Dr. Paul Lemmens, Judge in the European Court of Human Rights, Professor Emeritus KU Leuven


14:15 - 15:45 | Panel 3:  The Convention and International Law

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Gleider Hernández, Professor of Public International Law, KU Leuven and Open University


The ECHR and Security Council Targeted Sanctions

Dr. Kushtrim Istrefi, Assistant Professor of Human Rights Law and Public International Law, Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM), Utrecht University


The European Court of Human Rights and the Attribution Rules of the International Law

Commission: Reflections on Some Currently Pending Cases

Prof. Dr. Marko Milanovic, Professor of Public International Law, University of Nottingham


The European Court of Human Rights’ Margin of Appreciation and Judicial Deference: Some Reflections

Dr. Andrew Legg, Barrister, Essex Court Chambers


Climate Change and the European Court of Human Rights: the Portuguese Youth Case Mr Gerry Liston, Legal Officer, Global Legal Action Network


Questions and Debate


16:00 - 17:30 | Panel 4: The Convention and the European Union

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Elise Muir, Professor of EU Law, Director of the Institute for European Law, KU Leuven


Litigating Fundamental Rights at the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the EU : Some Views From a Practitioner

Ms. Markella Papadouli, AIRE Centre’s Europe Litigation Coordinator and Lecturer in International and European Refugee Law at London South Bank University 


The Principle of Mutual Trust and the European Convention of Human Rights: A Path Towards Harmony?

Dr. Cécilia Rizcallah, Visiting professor at the Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles, Lecturer at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and Postdoctoral Researcher at the National Fund for Scientific Research (F.R.S.-FNRS)


The Future of EU Human Rights Law: Is Accession to the ECHR Still Desirable? Prof. Dr. Tobias Lock, Professor of Law at Maynooth University


Questions and Debate