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16-10-'19

Ucall conference courts and governments

Courts and governments:

The role of civil, criminal and (European) administrative law in redressing an alleged lack of good government

On Friday the 8th of November 2019 the yearly conference of the Utrecht Centre for Accountability and Liability Law takes place. During the conference we will explore the possibilities and boundaries of civil, criminal and (European) administrative law to address an alleged lack of adequate government policies, legislation and conduct.

In the morning three keynote lectures will be held, each addressing the topic from a specific area of law. Jos Silvis (Procurator-General at the Dutch Supreme Court and former Judge at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg) will speak about State Liability and the Positive Obligation to Protect human Rights. Prof. Sacha Prechal (Judge at the Court of Justice of the European Union and Honorary Professor of European Law at Utrecht University) will address the topic from the perspective of European administrative law and will deal inter alia with the role of art. 47 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. Prof. Ken Oliphant (Professor of Tort Law at Bristol University) will deal with generally recognized principles of public authority liability in different tort law systems across Europe. These principles have recently been identified by research of the European Group on Tort Law. The project was led by professor Oliphant.

During the afternoon, the conference theme will be explored in workshops that focus on specific topics. Please find the programme, and the titles and descriptions of the workshops, below. The conference will be in English, although some workshops will be held in Dutch.

Conference free: Attendance is free of charge. However, if you are not present without due notice of absence we will charge € 50,- for the catering costs. We do not reimburse accommodation and travel costs.

Registration: Please register by sending an e-mail to e.r.dejong@uu.nl

 

Date: 8th of November 2019

Location: Paushuize, Kromme Nieuwegracht 49, 3512 HE Utrecht, The Netherlands

Programme:

09:30 – 10:00 Registration

10:00 – 10:05 Opening

10:05 – 10:35 Keynote by prof. Sacha Prechal

10:35 – 10:50 Discussion and Q&A

10:50 – 11:20 Keynote by prof. Ken Oliphant

11:20 – 11:35  Discussion and Q&A

11:35 – 12:05 Keynote by Procurator-General mr. Jos Silvis

12:05 – 12:20 Discussion and Q&A

12:20 – 13:15 Lunch

13:15 – 14:45 Workshop round I

  • Historical injustice and tort law I

This workshop deals with various moral, legal and policy issues, relating to the functions of tort law and the suitability of tort law’s substantive and procedural rules to deal with historical injustices, such as slavery, war crimes and sexual abuse.

Location: Jacobszaal

Organized by: prof. dr. Cedric Ryngaert & dr. Elbert de Jong

Speakers: prof. dr. Siewert Lindenbergh (Sexual abuse of minors in their history; attempts at redress); prof. dr. Marc Loth (How does Tort Law deal with Historical Injustice? On Slavery Reparations, post-colonial redress, and the legitimations of Tort Law); dr. Elbert de Jong & Tara Fiechter (Establishing Norms of the Past: retroactive Liability for Historical Injustice in Common and Civil law).

  • Judicial Review of Legislation in Administrative Law

Scholars have been debating the appropriateness of judicial deference of Dutch administrative courts when reviewing the compatibility of secondary legislative provisions with general principles of law. This workshop addresses the question to what extent (Dutch) administrative courts could and/or should be able to review legislation on the basis of these general principles of law.

Location: Bouillon

Organized by: Melanie van Zanten

Speakers: Prof. dr. Jerfi Uzman; dr. Joost Sillen; Annemieke Zwanenburg LL.M.; Melanie van Zanten LL.M. (Titles to be confirmed)

  • Accountability of gatekeepers: Location: Luxembourg

According to both European and national legislatures, gatekeepers such as banks, accountants and notaries, are in the best position to detect and prevent white-collar crime. When they fail to uphold their responsibilities, according to criminal law they will be held accountable. In this workshop we will focus on the role of gatekeepers, more specifically whether or not they are able to fulfill these tasks.

Organized by: Tekla Beekhuis

Speakers: Oscar Pluimer LL.M; Annemarije Schoonbeek LL.M; Ed van Liere LL.M. Gijs Alferink LL.M; Dennis Apperloo LL.M.

14:45 – 15:00 Coffee break

15:00 – 16:30 Workshop round II

  • Historical injustice and tort law II

This workshop deals with various moral, legal and policy issues, relating to the functions of tort law and the suitability of tort law’s substantive and procedural rules to deal with historical injustices, such as slavery, war crimes and sexual abuse.

Location: Jacobszaal

Organized by: prof. dr. Cedric Ryngaert & dr. Elbert de Jong

Speakers: dr. Brianne McGonigle (Forced Sterilizations in the US and Efforts to Obtain Reparation); prof. dr. Cedric Ryngaert & dr. Otto Spijkers (Responsibility of the Netherlands for the failure to prevent the genocide in Srebrenica); dr. Marie-Louise Holle (The Forced Removal of the Indigenous Catchers in Greenland– Repercussions in Tort law and beyond); Nina Mann LL.M (Dignity in the Era of Black Lives Matter: The impact of police brutality lawsuits on coming to terms with historical and ongoing racial injustice in the United States).

  • Gas drilling and soil subsidence: the role of the Dutch government

This workshop addresses the Dutch government’s responsibility and liability in addressing the negative consequences of anthropogenic land movement caused by (for instance) gas drilling (soil subsidence and earth quakes) in the Netherlands. Especially the conflict due to the earth quakes in Northeast Groningen and an inadequate management of this conflict learns us that it is important to have a good system of participation and conflict resolution in place. What do we know about the geophysical situation in Northeast Groningen? How was the conflict managed so far?  In this workshop we address the pros and cons of several conflict resolution mechanisms. To what extent do possibilities to participate in decision making exist, for instance via administrative law? Which opportunities does tort law and civil procedural law give for conflict management and resolutions in these type of cases?

Location: Luxembourg

Organized by: dr. Rianka Rijnhout

Speakers: dr. Svenja Waldmann; dr. Rianka Rijnhout; dr. Martijn van Gils; dr. Berthy van den Broek & dr. Liesbeth Hulst. (Titles to be confirmed)

  • Mental disorder, risk assessment instruments and the ECHR.

Empirical research shows only a weak link between mental disorder and crime. Moreover, a mental disorder is but one of many variables applied by risk assessment instruments and not even an important one. However, the law on the commitment of mentally disordered defendants (tbs) presupposes that there is a special link between mental disorder and crime. This begs the question whether, in light of the positive obligations embedded within section 2 and 3 of the ECHR, the level of the state’s protection against social risk represented by dangerous offenders whom have not been diagnosed with disorder suffices. An opposite issue to be taken into account is whether the current emphasis on the mental disorder causes mentally disturbed offenders to be subject to unequal treatment (section 14 ECHR).  

Location: Bouillon

Organized by: dr. Johannes Bijlsma

Speakers: t.b.a.

16:30 – 17:00 Discussion & closure

17:00 – 18:30 Drinks

 

 

 
 

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