11th-12th June 2010 – Kent – Programme

KENT CENTRE FOR EUROPEAN AND COMPARATIVE LAW
KENT LAW SCHOOL
UNIVERSITY OF KENT

PROGRAMME

Friday 11th June 2010

13.00-14.00
Check In & Sandwich Lunch
Kent Law School, Eliot Extension, Rm EX8

14.00-14.15
Welcoming Address
Kent Law School, Eliot Extension, Rm EX9
Prof. Geoffrey Samuel, President of BACL, Joint Director of the Kent Centre for
European and Comparative Law, University of Kent, UK

14.15-16.15
Guest Lectures
Kent Law School, Eliot Extension, Rm EX9
Prof. Pierre Legrand, Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne), France, “The
Poverty of Functionalism”
Prof. Reza Banakar, University of Westminster, London, UK, “Power, Culture and
Method in Comparative Law”

16.15-17.00
Coffee/Tea Break

17.00-19.00
Guest Lectures
Kent Law School, Eliot Extension, Rm EX9
Prof. Franz Werro, University of Fribourg, Switzerland and Georgetown University
Law Centre, Washington, DC, USA, Co-Director of the Centre for Transnational
Legal Studies, London, UK, “Legal Comparison in Practice: A Question of
Knowledge and Method”
Dr Simone Glanert, Joint Director of the Kent Centre for European and Comparative
Law, University of Kent, UK, “Translation Matters: When the Impossible Must Be
Possible”

20.00
Dinner
Venue and Directions To Be Communicated at the Workshop

Saturday 12th June 2010

9.00-12.00

Parallel Sessions

Working Group I
Facilitator: Prof. Pierre Legrand
Kent Law School, Eliot College Extension, Rm EX7
Eva Lahnsteiner, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, “Defining Minorities: A
Comparative Analysis of the Term ‘Minority’ From an International, European and
National Legal Point of View”
Irene Spigno, University of Siena, Italy, “Hate Speech Towards Freedom of
Expression, Theories of Recognition and Human Dignity: A Comparative
Perspective”
Benedict Coxon, University of Oxford, UK, “The Effect of Interpretive Provisions in
Human Rights Instruments on the Rules of Statutory Interpretation: A Comparative
Analysis”

Coffee/Tea Break

Wei Wei Cao, Keele University, UK, “The Role of Law in Promoting Reproductive
Autonomy: A Feminist Response to the Law and Policy of Abortion in the UK and
China”
Gianluca Gentili, University of Siena, Italy, “Multilevel Protection of Rights in the
United States: The New Judicial Federalism and the Protection of Fundamental
Rights in US State Constitutions”
Matthias Vanhullebusch, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK, “On
Identity, Power and Change: Reading International Humanitarian Law and Islamic
Law of War”

Working Group II
Facilitators: Prof. Franz Werro and Prof. Geoffrey Samuel
Kent Law School, Eliot College Extension, Rm EX8
Eva Lohse, Friedrich-Alexander-University, Erlangen, Germany, “Typology of
Harmonisation in the European Legal Order Examined by the Example of General
Principles of Law”
Thalia Prastitou, University of Bristol, UK, “Interpretation Asymmetries: An
Obstacle to the Harmonised Application of European Contract Law?”
Sophie Engelhardt, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, “Comparative Law Aspects
in Recent Developments of Cultural Property Law: Can Non-binding Agreements
Have a Harmonizing Impact on National Legal Systems?”

Coffee/Tea Break

Valentina Rita Scotti, University of Siena, Italy, “The Constitutional Transitions and
the Council of Europe: The Case of the Turkish Republic”
Ingvill Helland, University of Bergen, Norway, “Rulings of the European Court of
Human Rights As a Legal Argument in Norwegian Law Compared to German Law”
Alix Willemez, University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas), France, “The Overseas
Countries and Territories: A Hesitant Future for the Political and Cultural Influence of
the EU?”

Working Group III
Facilitators: Prof. Reza Banakar and Dr Simone Glanert
Kent Law School, Eliot College Extension, Rm EX9
Paolo Cavaliere, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy, “The New Shape of Citizenship in
the Information Society: Participatory Democracy, Mediacracy and the Role of
Pluralism”
Riddhi Dasgupta, University of Cambridge, UK, “Nods to Sovereignty: ‘Attribution’
and ‘Exhaustion of Remedies’ in the International Expropriation Decisions of the
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Panels, the European Court of
Human Rights (ECHR) and the Iran-US Claims Tribunal (IUCT)”
Daniel R. Ruhweza, University of Kent, UK, “Re-thinking the Place of Indigenous
Justice Mechanisms in International Criminal Law: The Case of the Lord’s Resistance
Army of Northern Uganda”

Coffee/Tea Break

Younsik Kim, University of Edinburgh, UK, “Uncontrollable Gap in the Protection
and Restriction of Property Between the Korean Constitution and the KORUS-FTA”
Alessandro Chiarabolli, University of Siena, Italy, “Coexistence of Genetically
Modified Crops With Conventional and Organic Agriculture. A Comparative Study:
Denmark and Italy”
Beatriz Martinez Romera, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, “The Inclusion of
Aviation and Shipping Transport Emissions Into Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Reduction Targets: Legal and Policy Barriers, Conflicts and Opportunities”

12.00-12.30
Concluding Remarks
Kent Law School, Eliot College Extension, Rm EX9
Prof. Geoffrey Samuel, President of BACL, Joint Director of the Kent Centre for
European and Comparative Law, University of Kent, UK

12.30
Sandwich Lunch
Kent Law School, Eliot College Extension, KLS Committee Room