4 November | Symposium 65 years ECHR

The European Convention on Human Rights was signed on 4 November 1950. Exactly 65 years later, the Leiden Law School organises a symposium. A group of leading experts will speak about the present, the past and the future of the ECHR.

The European Convention on Human Rights was signed on 4 November 1950. In the following decades, the ECHR became one of the most successful human rights treaties in the world and established itself as a constitutional instrument of European public order. The European Court of Human Rights (EtCHR) in Strasbourg plays a prominent role in the development of international human rights law. However, this does not make the EHCR a tranquil possession: it is often argued that the Court oversteps its limits or, on the contrary, that it falls short in securing human rights for all.

On the 65th anniversary of the Convention, at 4 November 2015, the Leiden Law School organises a symposium. A group of leading experts will speak about the present, the past and the future of the ECHR:

  • Mr Maarten Feteris, President of the Supreme Court

  • Mr Joost Taverne, Member of Parliament

  • Mr Egbert Myjer, former judge in the ECtHR

  • Ms Wilhelmina Thomassen, former judge in the ECtHR

  • Mr Evert Alkema (t.b.c.), former member of the ECHR

  • Mr Roeland Böcker, agent of the Dutch government for the ECtHR

  • Mr Jan-Peter Loof, acting vice-chairman of the National Human Rights Institute

  • Mr Antoine Buyse, professor at the University of Utrecht

  • Ms Janneke Gerards, professor at Radboud University Nijmegen

  • Ms Lize Glas, PhD student at Radboud University Nijmegen

  • Ms Vicky, assistant professor at Leiden University

  • Ms Ingrid Leijten, assistant professor at Leiden University

 

The meeting will be chaired by Rick Lawson, dean of Leiden Law School.


Programme

10:30 reception with coffee and thee (Academy building, Rapenburg 73 - Atrium)
11:00 start of the symposium (Academy building – small auditorium)
13:00 end of the symposium
At 15:00, the public defence will take place of a PhD thesis that will be of interest to those attending the symposium: Nelleke Koffeman, “Morally sensitive issues and cross-border movement in the EU. The cases of reproductive matters and legal recognition of same-sex relationships”. This ceremony will take place in the Academy Building as well.

Practical information

Date: 4th of November
Start symposium: 11:00
Location: Academy building

 
Last Modified: 02-11-2015