Our Group

Our group has been founded on 9/12/2010 in the framework of the VIII Congress of IACL, on the common initiative of Victor Bazan and Sandra Liebenberg.
Its main aim is to develop a network and a forum for constitutionalists interested in social rights from countries throughout the world. Among its future activities will be, inter alia, the development of comparative research projects on topics to be decided collectively, advocacy and public Interest litigation on social rights issues and further involvement to related activities of IACL.

Friday, July 12, 2013

A Workshop of the Group, New Delhi, 26-27 July 2013

Workshop on
“Socio-Economic Rights in India with Comparative Constitutional Law Perspectives”
Date: 26-27 July 2013
Venue: The Imperial Hotel
Janpath, New Delhi - 110001
Organised by
The International Association of Constitutional Law
in Collaboration with
Jindal Global Law School
O.P. Jindal Global University

RSVP: Lt. Dr. Mamta Sharma, Deputy Registrar, JGU, Tel.: 91-8930110713, 0130-3057862
Fax: 0130-3057808; Email: msharma@jgu.edu.in
Friday, 26 July 2013
Welcome Speech
Inaugural Address
Keynote Address
Opening Remarks
9:00 am – 9:10 am Professor Dr. C. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor, O.P. Jindal Global University
(JGU) and Dean, Jindal Global Law School (JGLS)
Professor Upendra Baxi, Professor Emeritus, University of Warwick & Former
Vice Chancellor, University of Delhi
Professor Stephen P. Marks, François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of Health and
Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health
Professor David Bilchitz,
Dr. Surya Deva, Associate Professor, School of Law, City University of Hong Kong
9:10 am – 9:30 am
9:30 am – 9:45 am
9:45 am – 10:00 am Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Johannesburg;
Secretary General, International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL)
INAUGURAL SESSION
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Moderator: Dr. Shivprasad Swaminathan, Associate Professor and Executive Director, Centre on
Public Law and Jurisprudence, JGLS
Lead Discussants:
Questions and Comments
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Lunch
l Professor M.P. Singh, Chairperson, Delhi Judicial Academy
l Professor R. Sudarshan, Dean, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy (JSGP), JGU
l Dr. Anup Surendranath, Assistant Professor, National Law University, Delhi
DEFINING THE CONTENT OF SOCIO-ECONOMIC RIGHTS:
THE INDIAN EXPERIENCE
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
[DRAFT PROGRAMME (as on 9 July 2013)]
Moderator: Professor M.P. Singh, Chairperson, Delhi Judicial Academy
Lead Discussants:
Questions and Comments
11:15 am – 11:45 am: Tea Break
l Professor George Katrougalos, Professor of Public Law, Demokritos University, Head of Project on Socio-
Economic Rights, IACL
l Professor David Bilchitz,
l Ms. Clara Elana Reales, Former Judge, Constitutional Court of Columbia
Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Johannesburg; Director, South African
Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC)
DEFINING THE CONTENT OF SOCIO-ECONOMIC RIGHTS:
DOCTRINES AND THEORIES IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE
10:00 AM – 11:15 AM
SESSION I
SESSION II
Moderator: Professor R. Sudarshan, Dean, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy (JSGP),
JGU
Lead Discussants:
Questions and Comments
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Tea Break
l Professor Dr. C. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor, JGU and Dean, JGLS
l Swami Agnivesh, Social Activist, Founder, Bonded Labour Organisation
l Mr. Sanjay Upadhyay, Advocate, Supreme Court of India; Managing Partner, Enviro Legal Defence Firm
OVERCOMING GOVERNANCE CHALLENGES: CORRUPTION, ENVIRONMENT,
AND BALANCING DEVELOPMENT WITH COMMUNITY RIGHTS
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Moderator: Professor David Bilchitz, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Johannesburg
Lead Discussants:
Questions and Comments
Keynote Address
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Dinner
l Dr. Surya Deva, Associate Professor, School of Law, City University of Hong Kong
l Monsanto representative
l Ms. Kathleen A Modrowski, Assistant Dean and Director of Global Studies, Long Island University
l Mr. Ajay Kumar Pandey, Associate Professor and Executive Director (Clinical Programmes), JGLS
Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyar, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
[TBC]
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
THE ROLE OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND
CIVIL SOCIETY IN REALISING SOCIO-ECONOMIC RIGHTS
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Saturday, 27 July 2013
THE ROLE OF JUDICIARY, SEPARATION OF POWERS AND REMEDIES
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Moderator: Ms. Justice Ruma Pal, Former Judge, Supreme Court of India & Chancellor, Sikkim
University
Lead Discussants:
Questions and Comments
11:00 am – 11:30 am: Tea Break
l Mr. Justice S. Ravindra Bhat, Judge, High Court of Delhi
l Ms. Justice Gita Mittal, Judge, High Court of Delhi
l Ms. Clara Elena Reales, Former Judge, Constitutional Court of Columbia
l Mr. Rehan A. Abeyratne, Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean (Research and Global Initiatives) and
Executive Director, Centre for Public Interest Law, JGLS
[DRAFT PROGRAMME (as on 9 July 2013)]
SESSION III
SESSION IV
SESSION V
[DRAFT PROGRAMME (as on 9 July 2013)]
Moderator: Professor Dr. C. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor, JGU and Dean, JGLS
Lead Discussants:
Questions and Comments
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Lunch
l Mr. R. Venkataramani, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India, Member, Law Commission of India
l Dr. Aman Hingorani, Advocate, Supreme Court of India
l Swami Agnivesh, Social Activist, Founder, Bonded Labour Organisation
l Dr. Surya Deva, Associate Professor, School of Law, City University of Hong Kong
REALISING SOCIO-ECONOMIC RIGHTS THROUGH
PUBLIC INTEREST LITIGATION
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Moderator:
Lead Discussants:
Questions and Comments
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Tea Break
Dr. Surya Deva, Associate Professor, School of Law, City University of Hong Kong
l Mr. Keshav Desiraju, Secretary, Health, Government of India
l Dr. Uday Shankar, Assistant Professor, Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law, Indian Institute of
Technology Kharagpur
l Professor David Bilchitz,
l Ms. Menaka Guruswamy, Advocate, Supreme Court of India
Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Johannesburg; Director, South African
Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC)
LOOKING AT SPECIFIC RIGHTS: FOOD, WATER, HEALTH AND HOUSING
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Moderator:
Lead Discussants:
Questions and Comments
Keynote Speaker
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Dinner
Dr. Arun Thiruvengadam, Assistant Professor & Editor, Asian Journal of Comparative
Law, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, Singapore
l Professor George Katrougalos, Professor of Public Law, Demokritos University; Head of Project on Socio-
Economic Rights, IACL
l Mr. Saurabh Bhattacharjee, Assistant Professor, National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata
l Ms Sumeeta Banerji, Assistant Country Director & Head (Democratic Governance), UNDP
l Dr. Rituparna Majumdar, Lecturer, Department of Social Work, Gautam Buddha University
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Dr. Justice Dhananjaya Y. Chandrachud, Judge, High Court of Bombay
LOOKING AT SPECIFIC RIGHTS – EDUCATION, CHILD LABOUR,
LIVELIHOOD, AND SOCIAL SECURITY
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
SESSION VI
SESSION VII

SESSION VIII

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A Round Table of the Group in Athens, 28-29/6/2013:«Sovereign debt and fundamental social rights»


   Τhe International Association of Constitutional Law            
      (Group of Social Rights)

    The Association of Greek Constitutionalists

     The International Centre on Human Rights-    
    LIBERTAS

       The Centre for European Constitutional Law-  
     Themistocles and Dimitris Tsatsos Foundation


     organise an

      INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE







             28 - 29 June 2013


       Athens – Hotel Divani Caravel


FRIDAY Morning, 28 June 2013  


09.00  1st SESSION
                       
               Greetings by:
Kostas Mavrias, Professor Emeritus, President of the Association of Greek Constitutionalists and Honorary President of the IACL
Martin Scheinin, Professor, President of the IACL

               Introductory Speech by:
Dr. Cephas Lumina, UN Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of States on the full enjoyment of all human rights


09.30  THE IMPACT OF ECONOMIC CRISIS TO INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, REGULATION AND HUMAN RIGHTS

          Chair:
Kostas Mavrias, Professor Emeritus, Athens Law School

o     Margot Salomon, Senior Lecturer, London School of Economics
«Beyond time and territory: Debt, austerity and human rights in full view»
o       Anu Bradford, Professor, Columbia Law School
«Efficient Design of Institutions after the Crisis»
o     Enyinna Nwauche, Professor, University of Botswana, Department of Law
    «Emerging Issues about Indigenous Peoples and Investment Arbitration»

Intervention:
Katerina Linos, Ass. Professor, University of Berkley
«Human Rights Backsliding»


11.00  Coffee Break


11.30  SOVEREIGN DEBT AND INTERNATIONAL LAW

Chair:
George Κassimatis, Professor Emeritus, Athens Law School

o     Antonis Bredimas, Professor, Athens Law School
        «Force Majeure and State of Necessity in International Law»
o     Mathias Audit, Professor, Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense
«La dette souveraine devant les tribunaux arbitraux internationaux»
o     Νikitas Aliprantis, Professor Emeritus, University of Strasbourg and University of Thrace  
    «La philosophie du “comme si” (“als ob”) dans la méconnaissance des droits sociaux d’assises européennes»

Intervention:
Giorgio Baruchello, Professor, University of Akureyri, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences,
«The Presupposed Oncological Model of Paul Krugman’s Banking Metastases: An Introduction to John McMurtry’s Philosophy»



FRIDAY Afternoon, 28 Ιουνίου 2013  


17.00  2nd SESSION

            

BUDGET, SOCIAL RIGHTS AND THE PRESSURE ON WELAFARE STATE


               Chair:  

Spyros Flogaitis, Professor, Athens Law School  


o     Alessandro Torre, Professor,Università degli Studi di Bari, Facoltà di Giurisprudenza  
«Neo Liberal Trends and Budgetary Policy – Making in Italy»





o     Marina Calamo Specchia, Professor, Università degli Studi  di Bari, Facoltà di Giurisprudenza
«Crise économique et budget équilibré dans l’expérience italienne. Quel avenir pour les droits sociaux?»
o     John McEldowney, Professor, University of Warwick, Faculty              of Law
«The UK: The Post Financial Crisis and the Reform of the Welfare State and Social Economic Rights»

 


18.30  Coffee Break


19.00  EUROPE AND CRISIS


Chair: 
Κostas Chryssogonos, Professor, University of Salonica, Faculty of Law

o     Nickos Alivizatos, Professor, Athens Law School,
«Τhe "Living instrument" Doctrine in Times of Trouble»
o     Patrick de Fontbressin, Professor, Université Paris Sud XI  
«Le citoyen trouve-t-il dans la Charte des droits de l’Union Européenne un droit subjectif?»
o   Petros Stagos, Professor, University of Salonica, Faculty of Law 
«Endettement de l’État à l’intérieur d’une Union économique et monétaire: solidarité ou état de nécessité?»



 


 







SATURDAY Morning, 29 June 2013  


09.00  3rd SESSION

COUNTRIES IN CRISIS AND CONSTIRUTIONAL REMEDIES

Chair:
George Katrougalos, Professor, University of Thrace

o     Angel Rodriguez, Professor, University of Málaga, Faculty of Law
«Sovereign debt and fundamental social rights after the constitutional reform in Spain»
o     Yannis Drossos, Professor, Athens Law School
    «Countries in crisis and constitutional remedies: Courts’ approaches»
o     Rachael Lorna Johnstone, Professor, University of Akureire              
««Myths and Legends of Contemporary Iceland»
o     Dr. Giulia Aravantinou Leonidi, Research Fellow, Università degli studi di Roma La Sapienza, Facoltà di Giurisprudenza
«A fragile democracy: questioning social rights under the Italian Constitution. The crisis and the collapse of the Welfare State»


11.00  Coffee Break


11.30  INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION OF SOCIAL RIGHTS


Chair:
Petros Pararas, Professor Emeritus, University of Thrace, Honorary Vice-president of the Council of State 

o     Paul Tavernier, Professor Emeritus, Université Paris-Sud XI 
«Contribution de la Cour Européenne des droits de l’Homme à une lecture “sociale” du droit de propriété. Quelques constats et quelques interrogation»









o   Stamatis Tzitzis, Professor Institut de criminologie, Paris II
  «Crise, souveraineté populaire et droits sociaux»
o   Stelios Perrakis, Professor Panteion University
«Le droit de vivre en dignité en période de crise économique et le droit international»

Intervention:
Dr. Vassiliki Saranti
«Social Rights in the Western Hemisphere under the prism of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights case-law»



SATURDAY Afternoon, 29 June 2013  


17.00  4th SESSION


CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSES TO THE CRISIS 

               Chair: 
             Εlizabeth Bessila, Professor, Panteion University

o   Thomas Fleiner, Professor Emeritus, University of Fribourg, President Emeritus of the IACL
    «Direct democracy: debts and social rights, the Swiss experience»
o   Dominique Rousseau, Professor, Université de Paris I, Panthéon Sorbonne, Président du conseil scientifique de l’Association Française des Constitutionnalistes
«Les droits sociaux, réponse à la crise économique et financière»




o     Xenophon Contiades, Professor, University of Peloponnese, and Dr Alkmene Fotiadou, Centre for European Constitutional Law
«The debt crisis proving ground: social rights theory revisited»

 

Intervention:
Dr. Eleni Miha,
«The long winding road towards justiciability of social rights during times of sovereign debt crisis»


19.00  Coffee Break


19.30 ROUNDTABLE

          Chair:        
Professor Ismini Kriari, Vice-president of the Panteion University,

Professor Elias Nikolopoulos, Panteion University,
Professor George Katrougalos, University of Thrace,
Professor Yannis Tassopoulos, University of Athens,
Professor Lina Papadopoulou, University of Salonica, Faculty of Law


Closure of the Conference by Professor Kostas Mavrias and Professor Martin Scheinin



21:00  Reception



 


 




















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