NCLG Conference 2007

Human Rights and Human Wrongs

24th-25th February 2007



Confirmed 1 February 2007


*OR 4 hrs per day*

Confirmed 23 February 2007


*STOP PRESS: there is no more subsidised accommodation available.

– as at 19 February


We have also set up a list of registered delegates. This will NOT be updated daily*

– as at 22 February 2007







– as at 23 February


This year’s conference will take place in Keynes college at the University of Kent in Canterbury, over the weekend of 24-25 Feb 2007. Registration is between 9 a.m and 11 a.m on the Saturday morning. There will also be  facility for registring on the Sunday morning if you can only make one day. You are encouraged to register IN ADVANCE (see below).



The conference is co-hosted by the Haldane Society and is sponsored by Garden Court Chambers to whom we are particularly grateful.


Legal publishers will be promoting their latest books: Cavendish and Hart have confirmed their attendance. CUP will provide inserts.



Please try to organise your own accommodation.

Some accommodation is being organised by the NCLG.

We have a couple of floor spaces for men and women (separate). This is free but needs to be ‘reserved’. First come first served. You will need to bring your own sleeping bags etc. Please bear in mind that we cannot take any responsibility for personal belongings. For availability see below.


We have block-booked two youth hostels on the Friday and Saturday nights. This is subsidised on a first come first served basis. It will cost you £10 per night with the balance paid by the NCLG.




Strathclyde students already have already booked other subsidised accommodation (therefore not on list).


Please click to here to see what is available in terms of accommodation and who we have booked in to date.



How to find us: Find Campus.


At the moment, we are relying on Heads of Law Schools to arrange coach travel. If you are a student, you should ask your Head of Department or CLG co-ordinator to arrange (or subsidise) travel from distant places.


If you are coming by train, there is a bus stop on the main road outside the train station (turn right out of station). Get the UNIBUS up to campus – it stops outside Keynes college. There is also a taxi rank outside the train station. We may be able to provide a free mini-bus service in due course, but again, watch this space.




The REGISTRATION FORM can be found by clicking here. It is cheaper to pay/register in advance.


To register and pay for the Conference please fill out and return the registration form with your payment. If you can’t pay in advance, please register by filling in the form, return it to us, and pay on the day.


If you are registering as a group, please indicate the numbers of tickets required and enclose the appropriate payment. In addition, please include the names of all the members of your party.


Tickets WILL NOT be sent to you. Please pick them up on registratation on the day.Please hold onto your tickets as you will need it for evening entertainment.


A list of REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS can be found by clicking here.


The ticket prices, which are for both days of the Conference, are as follows:


Waged/Academics/Practitioners – £25

Students/Concessions – £7

Institutional Rate – £50


If your expenses are met by your employer, we would be grateful if you pay the higher rate.  The conference is heavily subsidised for student attendees and this allows us to split that cost between institutions


Payment is by cheque made payable to ‘National Critical Lawyers Group’.


Confirmation of registration will be sent by e-mail and a list will appear here soon.


For enquires or further information please email


The Programme (so far)


The Bar Council has confirmed that the 2 day conference attracts 8.5 hours CPD points. The Law Society has not responded. Speakers can undoubtedly claim (additional) CPD points if they approach the relevant authorities.


The conference is starting to take shape.The time-table, which is slightly provisional in terms of content, is followed by individual bios.


NB this time-table may be subject to slight amendments in due course.

The next update will be on Monday 5th February

We will let you know when it is finalised.



Saturday 24th February 2007




Opening Plenary


Mike Mansfield QC

Courtenay Griffiths QC

Prof Joanne Conaghan

Prof Frank Furedi


1245-1345 Lunch



Law & Medical Ethics


Barbara Hewson

Dr Kenny Veitch

Dr Mary Ford


Palestine & Isreal


Keith Wabb (chair)

Patrick O’Connor QC

Diane Langford

Prof Jeff Halper

Phil Shiner


Law & International Development: “Remodelling the International Tax System”


David Davies

Prof Peter Muchlinski


Law & Environment


Rhuks Ako


Feminist Perspectives on Land Law


Anne Bottomley

Simone Wong


Critical Legal Ethics and Moral/Legal Dilemmas


Dr Jenny Kuper

Prof Emilios Christodoulidis


Personal Injury and “Compensation Culture”


Per Laleng

Richard Booth


1515-1545 Tea and Coffee




Optional Plenary


Panel on Isreal & Palestine

John Strawson

Prof Wade Mansell

Prof Ibrahim Souss

Betty Hunter

Prof Jeff Halper


Reproductive Rights


Prof Hazel Biggs – convenor

Dr Ellie Lee

Robin Mackenzie

Nicky Priaulx

Laura Riley


Environmental Law


Richard Honey

Peter Roderick


Criminal Law – intercept evidence and terrorist trials


Prof Steve Uglow

Michael Paulin



Law, Gender & Sexuality


Jackie Jones

Caroline Falkus

Georgina Firth


Law Clinics


Kent Law Clinic

Strathclyde Law Clinic


International Criminal Law & Genocide


Prof Wayne Morrison

Thomas Makil


1700-1730 – Tea and Coffee




Plenary Session


Human Rights/Human Wrongs

Tony Bunyan

Jonathan Cooper

Henrietta Hill

Prof Peter Fitzpatrick


Sunday 25 February




Law, Gender & Sexuality 1


Dr Rosemary Auchmuty

Emily Grabham

Elizabeth Woodcraft


Criminal Law


Dr Gbenga Oduntan

Dr Kate Doolin




Stephanie Harrison

Kate Adams

Dr Bernard Ryan


Law Society and Bar Reform


Richard de Friend

Roger Burridge



1125-1145 Tea and Coffee





Optional Plenary 2


Legality and War in Iraq

Phil Shiner

Prof Wade Mansell

Alice Hardy

Emily Haslam

John Strawson (commentator)


Law, Gender & Sexuality 3


Paul Reynolds

Harriet Samuels


International Law


Dr Troy Lavers

David Meltzer


Discrimination and Human Rights


Annapurna Waughray

Susan Archibald

Jeff Halper


1310-1400 Lunch



Closing plenary


Chair: John Fitzpatrick

Tony Benn

Prof Rosemary Hunter

Phil Shiner

Prof Roger Smith

Prof Jeff Halper



Bios are being added regularly so apologies to those who don’t have one yet! If you would prefer a bio in your own words, feel free to send it to


Alphabetical List of Speakers

Kate Adams from Kent Refuge Help and a detention centre visitor will speak about the situation of immigration detainees at Dover and the launch of Medical Justice Kent.


Rhuks Ako is a phD student at Kent Uniersity who will present a paper entitled “The role of law in Creating/Exacerbating Environmental conflicts in NIgeria’s oil-industry”.


Susan Archibald is the Archibald of the House of Lords’ landmark ruling Archibald v Fife Council which has strengthened the employment rights of disabled people. The Law Lords unanimously ruled that there is a duty on employers to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people if they become unable to carry out the job they are in due to their disability. This duty includes considering whether it is reasonable to transfer the disabled person to another vacant post, even if that post is at a higher grade. Susan was a 40-year-old mother-of-four who worked as a road sweeper with Fife Council from May 1997 until March 2001. In April 1999 complications following surgery caused severe pain in her heels, leaving her unable to walk. She initially used a wheelchair and later was able to walk only with sticks. She had previously worked as an administration assistant and went for retraining to update her skills. She had to undertake competitive interviews in accordance with the council’s redeployment policy and applied unsuccessfully for over 100 posts within various departments. In March 2001, the council dismissed her on the grounds of capability. She appealed under the Disability Discrimination Act and lost in the Tribunal, lost in The Court of Session, before finally The Disability Rights Commission won her case in The House of Lords. The case from start to finish lasted over 5yrs. Hear the “real life” struggles and changes she had to make. The untold story.


Dr Rosemary Auchmuty from the University of Westminster will talk on “The Civil Partnership Act – one year on – marriage, or not?” . Her research interests include Children’s literature, law and popular culture, feminist perspectives on property law, nineteenth- and twentieth-century feminist history, lesbian history, women and legal education, (lesbian-) feminist legal theory. Current projects: Women and the Family Home (Ashgate); (with Harriet Samuels) Fifty Legal Landmarks for Women (Cavendish). Recent punblications include: ‘Men Behaving Badly: An Analysis of Undue Influence Cases’. 11 Social & Legal Studies (2002) 257-8. ‘When Equality is Not Equity: Homosexual Inclusion in Undue Influence Law’. 11 Feminist Legal Studies (2003) 163-9. ‘Agenda for a Feminist Legal Curriculum’. 23 Legal Studies (2003) 377-40. ‘Same-Sex Marriage Revived: Feminist Critique and Legal Strategy’. 14 Feminism and Psychology (2004) 101-12.


Tony Benn,  is a former Labour MP and Cabinet Minister. He was instrumental in the creation of the Peerage Act 1963. In September 2006, Benn joined the “Time to Go” Demonstration in Manchester the day before the final Labour Conference under Tony Blair started; aiming to persuade the Labour Government to withdraw troops from Iraq, to not attack Iran and to not replace Trident. He spoke to the demonstrators in the rally afterwards along with other politicians and journalists including George Galloway and members of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.


Dr Sarah Beresford, lecturer at Lancaster University who will be speaking (with Caroline Falkus) on “Abolishing Marriage – can Civil Partnership cover it?”


Hazel Biggs, Professor of Law at the University of Lancaster and will speak on ‘The Quest for the perfect child: how far should the law intervene?’ Medical Law is the main focus of Hazel’sresearch with the main emphasis being end of life decision-making, human reproduction and clinical research. Alongside her university activities Hazel has been involved with NHS Research Ethics Committees since 1998 and has been Chair of East Kent LREC and Chair of the Metropolitan Multi-Centre Research Ethics Committee. She is also involved with education and training for members of research ethics committees and the medical research community. Hazel was an active member of the editorial board of Feminist Legal Studies since the journal began in 1993 and joined the board of Medical Law Review in 2004. Recent publications include: H. Biggs & K. Horsey (eds), Human Fertilisation and Embryology: Reproducing Regulation (2006) Routledge-Cavendish. “End of Life Decision-making, Policy and the Criminal Justice System: Who Cares about Carers?” Genomics, Society and Policy Vol. 12 No. 1, (2006), 118-128. “Human Tissue: New Law, Same Issues”, The Good Clinical Practice Journal , 13 (7) (2006), 25-27. ‘In Whose Best Interests: Who Knows?’ 1 (2) Clinical Ethics (2006) 90-93. “What is Wrong with the Quest for the Perfect Child?” in H. Biggs & K. Horsey (eds), Human Fertilisation and Embryology: Reproducing Regulation (2006) Routledge-Cavendish, pp1-15. Forthcoming: “The Choice is Yours, or is it?” in R. Hunter and S. Cowan, CHOICE AND CONSENT: Feminist Engagements with Law and Subjectivity Cavendish (Jan 2007). ‘”Taking account of the views of the patient”, but only if the clinician (and the court) agrees!’ Child and Family Law Quarterly (2007).


Richard Booth is a Barrister from 1 Crown Office Row specialising in personal injury law.


Anne Bottomley is a Senior lecturer in law at the University of Kent. Anne has a particular interest in the development and presentation of common law thinking through the use of categories in legal scholarship, particularly in the period of writing legal history in the nineteenth century and developing the foundations of modern legal education. She has written on legal education and has a particular interest in exploring the limitations traditionally placed on the teaching of the foundational subjects. She now works primarily in the fields of land law and trusts. In land law her work has been developed through reference to the related academic disciplines of geography and sociology; she is particularly interested in the languages and images of topography and landscape in exploring the construction of the topic of land in law. In trusts law she has been mostly interested in the language of trust(s) as explored and utilized in case material. Both these areas of work have been informed by her background in legal philosophy and her particular interest in feminism. In her philosophical work, as well as her work on substantive areas of law, she is exploring feminist utilization of the work of Gilles Deleuze. She is at present completing a book entitled In Search of Dike: The Search for a Feminist Jurisprudence which combines work on literature and art in relation to the figure of Justice, with a critique of contemporary feminist jurisprudence. Recent publications include papers on land law, feminist theory and legal education and she edited a collection entitled Feminist Perspectives on the Foundational Subjects of Law, published in 1996. She is now joint series editor (with Sally Sheldon of Keele University) of a series of collections on feminist perspectives in areas of legal scholarship for Cavendish Press. The first book (on health law) has recently been published and will soon be followed by books on public law and employment law. She herself will be jointly editing collections on land law and equity and trusts. She is a member of the collective which publishes Feminist Legal Studies.


Bill Bowring is Professor of Law at Birkbeck, University of London and is a practising English barrister (mainly in the European Court of Human Rights). He founded and was the first Director of the Human Rights & Social Justice Research Institute, and was founder and is now Chair of the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC). Prof Bowring is also the founder of the LLM in Human Rights at LondonMet, which with its sister the MA in Human Rights and Social Justice, now attracts some 50 postgraduate students from many countries of the world. Prof Bowring was the Senior Criminal Justice Law Expert for the EC/British Council project “Reforming the Procuracy in Georgia”, and lead the HRSJ team which designed the training materials and programme and provided training to all 750 prosecutors in Georgia, including on torture issues. He led the Institute team which provided an Audit of Human Rights in Serbia and Montenegro for the OSCE Mission in SaM. He was also the European Expert for the European Union Policy Advice Programme project “The Development of a System of Administrative Justice in Russia”. He acts as an expert on a regular basis for the Council of Europe and other international organisations on issues concerning human rights, minority rights, and rights to education. He has many publications in English and in Russian on problems of law reform and human rights, as well as international law. Prof Bowring is an Executive Committee member of the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales, a member of the Council of LIBERTY (the National Council for Civil Liberties), a trustee of REDRESS (reparation and compensation for victims of torture) and a member of the Rule of Law Council of the International Helsinki Federation.


Tony Bunyan, Director of Statewatch, an organization dedicated to monitoring states and civil liberties within Europe. Visit their home page for more information:


Roger Burridge is professor of law at the University of Warwick.


Roz Campion is a government lawyer as well as course convenor and lecturer at SOAS in public international law. Roz will be giving a paper on queer theory and public international law.


Mark Carrington, CPS Medway.


Catherine Carpenter is a solicitor working in the Kent Law Clinic.


Louise Christian, an award-winning British human rights lawyer. Louise has fought on behalf of detainees at the controversial American prison at the US Naval base at Guantanamo Bay.


Emilios Christodoulidis.


Joanne Conaghan is Professor of Law at the University of Kent. Joanne’s research interests include labour and employment law, tort, legal theory, feminist legal studies: characterised by a strong though not exclusive emphasis on feminist/gender perspectives within a critical and contextual legal scholarly tradition; also spans areas of criminal/family law/evidence in the context of legal remedies for physical and sexual harassment and/or abuse). Joanne is Thematic co-ordinator for the AHRC Research Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality. Recent publications include ‘Tort Law and Feminist Critique’ Current Legal Problems, 56 (2003) 175-209. Labour Law and New Economy Discourse’, Australian Labour law Journal, 16 (2003) 9-2. J. Conaghan, R.M.Fischl and K.Klare (eds) Labour Law in an Era of Globalization (OUP, 2002).


Jonathan Cooper, Doughty Street Chambers


David Davies, lecturer in law at London Metropolitan University.


Professor Peter Fitzpatrick, Birkbeck, will present a paper on Humanity and Human Rights.


Richard De Friend is the Director of the College of Law in London. Richard read Law at  the University of Kent and has LLMs from London (LSE) and Yale. He was called to the Bar (Middle Temple) in 1992. Richard was a law lecturer at the University of Kent from 1973 and the Head of the Law School of the University from 1985 to 1990. Between 1993 and 1998 he was the Pro Vice Chancellor responsible for teaching, learning, quality assurance, student recruitment, student services, and access/widened participation. In 1998 Richard joined the College of Law where he has been the Director of its London Bloomsbury centre on the College’s Board of Management. He has held visiting positions at  various universities, including the LSE, Warwick and the University of San Diego. He sits on various voluntary sector and public bodies related to higher education and to pro bono legal services.


Tony Gifford QC will speak on Forming Alliances on Human Rights.


Lalith de Kauwe, Barrister @ Garden Court Chambers is highly experienced with an entirely defence based practice. He has led as a leading junior in cases of murder, manslaughter, police misconduct, fraud and drugs. His practice in serious crime also includes armed robbery, kidnap, animal rights, and public disorder. He joined chambers in 1979 and believes in civil rights, social justice and community solidarity. He will be giving a paper entitled “The Tsunami: what rights? A Sri Lankan’s lawyer’s experience.



Kate Doolin, Birmingham


Kim Economides, Exeter on ‘Critical Legal Ethics’


Caroline Falkus, solicitor Bross Bennet


Philip Fennell, Professor of Medical Law and Human Rights at Cardiff Law School, Cardiff University, where he teaches Medical Law and European Community Law. He is a member of the Law Society’s Mental Health and Disability Committee and was a member of the Mental Health Act Commission from 1983-1989. He has published many articles on law and psychiatry.


Georgina Firth, lecturer at Lancaster University


John Fitzpatrick, Director of the Kent Law Clinic since 1992 (in 1998 the Kent Law Clinic was joint winner of The Times/Justice award for outstanding contribution to civil justice in the United Kingdom).


Peter Fitzpatrick, Professor of law at Birbeck College, London. Prior to that he had been Professor of Law at Queen Mary College in the University of London, and before that Professor of Law and Social Theory at the University of Kent. He has also taught at other universities in Europe, North America and Papua New Guinea. Outside the academy, he has worked as a solicitor in an international legal practice and for many years he served in the Prime Minister’s Office in Papua New Guinea. Prof Fitzpatrick’s research interests focus on law and social theory and on legal imperialism especially current ‘global’ forms. Peter will talk on ‘The Humanity of Rights’.


Dr Mary Ford, Lecturer @ Strathclyde University, will be giving a paper entitled “The Patient-as-Monster in Law and Bioethics”


Dr Ann Furedi is Chief Executive of BPAS and will be talking about reproductive rights.


Frank Furedi, Professor of Sociology at University of Kent, and author of Politics of FearWhere Have All the Intellectuals Gone?, Therapy Culture, Paranoid Parenting and Culture of Fear. More information at


Emily Grabham has been a Research Fellow at the Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality at the University of Kent. Prior to this, she worked as a discrimination lawyer at Lesbian and Gay Employment Rights in London. She teaches labour law at Kent Law School and researches in the area of citizenship and embodiment. Kent University. She will be presenting a paper entitled “Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights: How Academics and Activists can work together.”


Courtenay Griffiths QC, head of Garden Court Chambers, specialises in all aspects of criminal justice, including the criminal law, civil actions against the police and inquests. His practice has remained national and he has appeared in most major Crown Courts in England. His criminal practice ranges from fraud to terrorism, murder and serious public order to drugs. His appellate work has included the ‘M25′ appeal (Johnson, Davis and Rowe). His practice has recently taken him to Sierra Leone where he was due to appear before the Special War Crimes Tribunal in that country. He strongly believes that International Criminal Law will be one of the expanding areas of law in the 21st Century. More recently Courtenay has been practicing in the Caribbean and Bermuda. Courtenay has always been particularly interested in civil liberties. He views the introduction of the European Convention on Human Rights into English law as a unique opportunity for him to bring his unique experience as an outsider to the development of the law in his roles as Queen’s Counsel and Recorder. He is also Honorary president of the NCLG (Education).


Ian Grigg-Spall is Admissions Officer and Director of Studies of all undergraduate law courses (including the part time LLB programme and the Certificate in Law and Society) at the University of Kent. He also acts as the liaison officer with the English Law Society and Bar and other jurisdictions and regular advises students on routes to professional qualification in law in England and all other jurisdictions. He taught previously at the University of Cambridge, Boalt Hall School of Law, Berkeley, California and the Faculty of Law Dar-es-salaam Tanzania. His research interests are in the areas of company law, both in its historical development and present constitution, in the history of laws against usury, in Marxist theory of law and in the organisation and role of multinational companies in the world economy. He has published in these areas and was joint editor of the Critical Lawyers Handbook (1992, Pluto). Jointly with Michael Mansfield, QC he is Honorary President of the National Critical Lawyers’ Group.


Jeff Halper is the Coordinator of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions and a Professor of Anthropology. He has lived in Israel since 1973 having emigrated from the US. Besides his years of invollvement with the Israeli peace movement, Jeff has been active on issues of social justice within Israel. He worked as a community worker for 10 years in Jerusalem’s inner city neighbourhoods where he helped start the Ohel social protest movement of working-class Mizrahi Jews. He served as Chairman of the Israeli Committee for Ethiopian Jews, building on the relationships he had forged whilst researching the community in Ethiopia in the 1960s. Jeff has taught at Haifa and Ben Gurion Universities in Israel and was the head of Friends World College, an international university programme. Jeff has written extensively on Israeli society. As the coordinator of ICAHD, Jeff has forged a new mode of Israeli peace activity based on non-violent direct action and civil disobedience to the Israeli occupation authorities, forging a relationship of trust, solidarity and close co-operation with Palestinian organizations. He serves on the Steering committee on the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people. The American Friends Service Committee (the Quakers) nominated Jeff for the 2006 Nobel Peace prize along with Palestinian Prof Ghassan Andoni. Jeff’s forthcoming book, An Israeli in Palestine will be published by Pluto Press in 2007. Jeff will be talking in a number of workshops.


Alice Hardy is a solicitor from from Public Interest Lawyers will be talking about the Al Jedda case which concerns a dual British-Iraqi national who has been held without charge by the British Government in Basra since October 2004.

Emily Haslam is a lecturer in law at the University of Kent. Emily’s research interests include International Law, International Criminal Law and Civil Society. Recent publications ibnclude ‘Victim Participation at the International Criminal Court: A Triumph of Hope Over Experience?’ in McGoldrick et al (eds) The permanent International Criminal Court: Legal and Policy Issues (Hart, 2004) 315-334. ‘Silencing Hearings? Victim witnesses at War Crimes Trials’ in (2004) 15 European Journal of International Law 151-177 (with Marie-Bénédicte Dembour.) Emily will give a paper on international law in a time of democratic hegemony: civil society resistance to the war in Iraq in English Courts.


Barbara Hewson is a Barrister practising at Hardwicke Chambers and will speak on reproductive rights & human rights.


Henrietta Hill is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers.


Paddy Hillyard, Professor of Sociology at Queen’s University, Belfast. His works include ‘Suspect Community: People’s Experience of the Prevention of Terrorism Acts in Britain’.


Richard Honey is a Barrister at 2 Harcourt Buildings. Richard’s experience of environmental law includes waste, contaminated land, drinking water, IPPC permitting, civil liability for pollution, and environmental crime (both prosecution and defence).  Richard has particular experience in statutory nuisance, having successfully defended a number of appeals against abatement notices for local authorities, and advised a complainant seeking an abatement notice. Richard is a member of the Planning and Environment Bar Association, the Administrative Law Bar Association, the UK Environmental Law Association and the Environmental Law Foundation.  He is a visiting lecturer at King’s College London, an editor of the Planning Appeal Decisions (Sweet & Maxwell) and author of the chapter on planning appeals in the RICS’s ISURV online publication.  He is a member of the UKELA Environmental Litigation Working Party and the RICS Dispute Resolution Policy Committee.


Betty Hunter is an Executive Committee member of the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign.


Rosemary Hunter, Kent University, will be talking on the Human Rights Act


Paddy Ireland is Professor of Law at Kent Uniersity.His research interestes include the history and theory of company law; corporate governance; critical legal theory; law and political philosophy. Recent publications include `Property and Contract in Contemporary Corporate Theory’ (2003) 23 Legal Studies 453. `Property, Private Government and the Myth of Deregulation’ in Sarah Worthington (ed), Commercial law and Commercial Practice (Oxford: Hart, 2003) 85. `Recontractualising the Corporation: Implicit Contract as Ideology’ in David Campbell, Hugh Collins & John Wightman (eds), Implicit Dimensions of Contract (Oxford: Hart, 2003) 255. `History, Critical Legal Studies and the Mysterious Disappearance of Capitalism’, (2002) 65 Modern Law Review 120. Editor of The Critical Lawyers Handbook volumes 1 and 2 with Ian Grigg-Spall (1) and Per Laleng (2).


Karuppiah Kathiresan, Advocate of the Indian High Court from the Akshaya Rehabilitation Trust, India and physically challenged person who will be speaking on disability and law.


Helena Kennedy QC, one of Britain’s leading lawyers, she has spent her professional life giving voice to those who have least power within the system, championing civil liberties and promoting human rights. She has used many public platforms – including the House of Lords, to which she was elevated in 1997 – to argue with passion, wit and humanity for social justice. She has also written and broadcast on a wide range of issues, from medical negligence to the rights of women and children. She has recently published a book entitled ‘Just law- the changing face of justice and why it matters’.


Imran Khan is the senior partner at IK & Partners solicitors. He is a leading human rights lawyer who has been involved in the well known cases of Stephen Lawrence and Zahid Mubarek which have helped to pave the way for change across every area of social life in the UK.  He has written many articles, given evidence to various bodies and regularly lectures on racism, crime and terrorism both in the UK and abroad. The firm has a well known expertise in anti terrorism legislation and has represented clients in a variety of high profile, complex, terrorist related cases including those accused of the “Stansted hijacking”, the “shoe bombing” case, the “fertilizer” case, the 21st July London bombings, some of the families involved in the 7th July London bombings, and most recently the airline bombing plot.


Dr Jenny Kuper has worked for many years as a lawyer concerned with issues involving young people. Initially qualified as a UK solicitor, she worked primarily for the Children’s Legal Centre, a national UK child advocacy organisation. After obtaining a PhD in international law for her work on children in armed conflict, she published International Law Concerning Child Civilians in Armed Conflict (OUP, 1997). A second work, Military Training and Children in Armed Conflict: Law, Policy and Practice (Martinus Nijhoff, Leiden, 2005) was published by Martinus Nijhoff in March 2005. Since 1999 Jenny Kuper has been employed as a Research Fellow at LSE. In that capacity she has also completed a major research project on the use of law as a tool in addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic, as well as doing other writing and teaching. More recently she did some work for UNICEF in Nepal on legal reform, among other projects.



Per Laleng, former barrister specialising in personal injury. Co-editor of The Critical Lawyers Handbook vol II (Pluto Press) and currently editing 3rd edition of The Wrongs of Tort.


Diane Langford is an executive committee member of the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign.


Dr Troy Lavers, Leicester will be talking on the crime of aggression


Ellie Lee is a senior lecturer in Social Policy at Kent University.


Thomas P Makil will be giving a paper on “International Criminal Law: its future and challenges”


Mike Mansfield QC, head of Took Chambers, London and lifetime Honorary President of the NCLG. Recently he has successfully represented, Fatmir Limaj, the Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague; been involved in the notable “Ricin” Trial, and “Shaken Baby” Appeals and is acting for the family of Charles de Menezes, shot by the Metropolitan Police last year; and Mohammed Al Fayed in his pursuit of the truth surrounding the death of his son, Dodi and Princess Diana in Paris in 1997. Michael has represented many families at Inquests, including Tom Hurndall and James Miller, journalists.


Wade Mansell is Professor of Law at Kent University.


David Meltzer, Luton


Robin Mackenzie is the Director of the LLM in Medical Law and Ethics at the University of Kent. She has taught law in New Zealand, Scotland and England. She has published widely in commercial and medical law. Her current research interests are enhancement, body alteration, neuroethics and the intersection between bioscience, bioethics and the law.


Phil Michaels from Friends of the Earth.


Wayne Morrison, Professor at the University of London.


Peter Muchlinski, Professor of Law and International Business at UKC. Principal Adviser to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on their major issues papers series concerning international investment agreements. Amongst his publications is ‘Human Rights and Multinationals – is there a Problem?’-77 International Affairs 31 (2001).


Niamh O’Brady, Senior Partner, Pattinson & Brewer Solicitors, who specialize in compensation claims for accidental injuries, industrial disease and clinical negligence.


Patrick O’Connor QC, Doughty Street Chambers.


Dr. Gbenga Oduntan, Lecturer, UKC); Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. Serving legal adviser to the Presidency of Nigeria and a Member, United Nations- Nigerian/Cameroon Mixed Sub-Commission on the Demarcation of the Boundary between Nigeria and Cameroon. Founder and Editor in Chief of The international Lawyer a publication of At the conference he will present his paper ‘Trends in law and policing in the UK: Present tense, future imperfect’ under a panel entitled ‘The Criminal Justice System: Hard Labour & the new Labour years’.


Michael Paulin is a barrister and former tutor of philosophy at King’s College London.

Professor Sol Picciotto studied at the Universities of Oxford and Chicago, and then taught at the Universities of Dar- es-Salaam and Warwick, before joining Lancaster University in 1992. He has been a Visiting Professor at Nagoya University, Japan, and a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence. He has been Joint Editor of the International Journal of the Sociology of Law, and founding Joint Editor of Social and Legal Studies and an Editorial Consultant on the Australian Journal of Law and Society. He has published widely on international economic law, international business regulation, state theory and international capital, and law and social theory. His most recent books are International Business Taxation, published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson (l992) and co-edited books, Corporate Control and Accountability (OUP 1993), International Regulatory Competition and Coordination (OUP, 1996), and Regulating International Business – Beyond Liberalization (Macmillan, 1999). He will be giving a paper entitled “How to Combat Tax Havens, Capital Flight and Corruption and Replace Aid with Taxes for Development.”


Nicky Priaulx.


Khawar Qureshi QC at Serle Court Chambers, London, and Professor of law at SOAS, whose fields of expertise include Public International Law (State and Diplomatic Immunity, Treaty drafting and interpretation, negotiation, Bi-Lateral Investment Treaty claims).


David Radlett is a lecturer in law at UKC/Medway and will present a paper entitled “Still not taking rights seriously” a critique of the decision in Re C (A Child); P v Gloucester CC [2007] and the misapplication of rules relating to just satisfaction.


Paul Reynolds is a Reader in law at Edgehill University and will give a talk entitled ‘Decoding Sex Law: Reflecting on the 2003 Sexual Offences Act’.


Laura Riley.


Bernard Ryan is a Reader at the University of Kent, and will be speaking on immigration issues. Bernard’s rsearch interests innclude Immigration and nationality law, particularly in Britain, Ireland and Europe; EU labour law. Recent publications include: B. Ryan (ed), Labour Migration and Employment Rights ( Institute of Employment Rights, 2005). ‘Introduction: Perspectives on Labour Migration’ (pp 1-7), and Chapter 3, ‘Legal Migration: The Right to Work in Britain’ (pp 23-49) in B. Ryan (ed), Labour Migration and Employment Rights ( Institute of Employment Rights, 2005. With Brian Bercusson: ‘The British Case: Before and After the Decline of Collective Wage Formation’, Bulletin of Comparative Labour Relations no. 56 (2005), 49-87. ‘The Celtic Cubs: The Controversy over Birthright Citizenship in Ireland’ (2004) 6 European Journal of Migration and Law 173-193. ‘For Substantive Constitutionalism in the European Union’ in T. Tridimas (ed), EU Law for the 21st Century: Re-thinking the New Legal Order (Hart, 2004). ‘The United Kingdom’ in K. Hailbronner and I. Higgins (eds), Migration and Asylum Law and Policy in the European Union (Cambridge University Press, 2004. ‘The European Dimension to British Border Control’ (2004) 18 Immigration Asylum and Nationality Law 6-16.


Harriet Samuels from Westminster, who will talk in the area of gender & multiculturalism.


Lucy Scott Moncrieff a London solicitor, represents patients detained under the Mental Health Act. For many years she has been identified as a leader in the field of Mental Health Law in Chambers Directory, and currently she is identified as a leading human rights lawyer in the Legal 500 Directory.


Phil Shiner is a specialist human rights and environmental lawyer.  He has current cases about the Iraq war and occupation, the violation of the human rights of Palestinians and the link to the UK’s policy of continuing arms sales to Israel, and whether or not it is lawful for the UK to possess indiscriminate weapon systems such as trident nuclear weapons and cluster munitions.  The case of Al-Skeini to be heard by the Lords in April 2007 will decide whether the HRA/ECHR applied to UK forces whilst they occupied SE Iraq.  The case of Al-Jedda to be heard by the Lords later in 2007 will decide whether the Security Council can displace fundamental human rights by its resolution.  The case of Gentle et al also to be heard by the Lords shortly will decide whether an independent inquiry should be held in to whether the military orders in the Iraq war were lawful.

Roger Smith,  Director of Justice, one of the UK’s leading legal and human rights organizations. Visit their homepage for more information:


Professor Ibrahim Souss, teaches International Relations at the Saint-Cyr Military Academy in France. He previously was the Vice President of Al-Quds/Jerusalem University and has taught at the European Institute of the University of Geneva. He has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Paris, MA in Political Science from Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques, and is a Graduate of the Institute d’Etudes Politiques in Paris. Professor Souss served as Ambassador and Delegate General of Palestine to France and to UNESCO  as well as  Assistant Director General of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). He also teaches at Webster University and the Geneva School of Diplomacy. He has published extensively and  his works include several novels and political books about the Arab-Israeli conflict. He is also a distinguished pianist and composer.

John Strawson is Professor of Law at the University of East London where he teaches International law and Middle East Studies. He writes on law and postcolonialism with special references to Islam, the Middle East and International Law. His publications include, Editor, Law after Ground Zero (GlassHouse Press, 2002).



Steve Uglow, Professor of Criminal Law UKC. Research interests include criminal justice generally but in particular policing and evidence law, characterised by a emphasis on criminal justice policy. Has worked on several evaluative studies for the Home Office and police forces in the area of intelligence-led policing, restorative justice and youth justice. Recent publications include The Evaluation of Visual Recording of Interviews with Suspects in Police Stations: Final Report (March 2004, Home Office) (with Tim Newburn et al). Targeting the markets for stolen goods – two targeted policing initiative projects (Home Office 2004) Home Office Development & Practice Report 17 (with Chris Hale, Charlotte Harris and Robin Saunders). ‘Implementing a Market Reduction Approach to Property Crime’ in Crime Reduction and Problem Oriented Policing ed Bullock K and Tilley N (Willian 2003) [with Chris Hale and Charlotte Harris].


Kenny Veitch, University of Sussex research interests include critical and theoretical approaches to medical law; globalisation, governance, and health and will speak on medical law, human rights and judicial conservatism.


Annapurna Waughray, a practicing Solicitor and Senior Lecturer on Human Rights law and EU law at Manchester Metropolitan University. Currently working on  project entitled ‘The challenge of caste discrimination in an international context: Legal responses from a human rights perspective’.


Simone Wong is a lecturer in law at Kent University. Her research interests include Equity, Banking and Finance. Recent articles include: ‘Trusting in trust(s): the family home and human rights’ (2003) 11/2 Feminist Legal Studies 11. ‘Property regimes for cohabitees: The Civil Partnership Bill and some Antipodean Models’ (2004) 26(4) Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 361-37. ‘Trust(s) and Intention in Resolving Disputes over the Shared Home’, (2005) 56(1) Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly , 105-118. ‘The Human Rights Act 1998 and the Shared Home: Issues for Cohabitants’ (2005) 27(3-4) Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 265-27.


Elizabeth Woodcraft is a family law barrister at Tooks Court Chambers, where she represents victims of domestic and sexual abuse, as well as gay and lesbian parents.  Her talk is entitled “Re: G – who wants to be a mother?”  Elizabeth has published two articles on this recent House of Lords decision where she considers the impact for non-biological parents.  (Madonna complex – 25.8.06  Solictors’ Journal 1095; Re G: a Missed Opportunity, 2007 Family Law 53).  She is also the author of two crime novels, Good Bad Woman and Babyface, featuring family law barrister Frankie Richmond.



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