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.

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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