The University of Leicester Annual Law School Lecture, entitled "Human Rights in the European Union: the Role of the Court of Justice", has this year been timed to coincide with the launch of a new Centre for European Law and Integration.
Following closely on the heels of the Nice Summit in December 2000, and the acceptance of a Charter of Fundamental Rights for the European Union, the Annual Law School Lecture will be delivered by a highly prestigious member of the European Court of Justice.
Advocate General Jacobs’ lecture is a timely reminder that, although there has been much publicity surrounding the introduction of the Human Rights Act 1998 and the acceptance of a Charter of Fundamental Rights for the European Union in 2000, the Court of Justice has long held an interest in developing and protecting human rights within the European Union and will continue to play an important role in interpreting human rights in the future.
Advocate General Jacobs is one of the longest serving members of the Court of Justice. He was appointed to the Court on 7 October 1988 but he had previously worked at the Court as a legal secretary to Advocate General Warner. In addition to a career as a practising lawyer, Advocate General Jacobs has held the post of Professor of European Law at King’s College London, and is the author of many distinguished works on European law and human rights.
The launch of the Centre for European Law and Integration is a major new initiative in the Law Faculty, which is one of the largest centres of research activity in the field of European law. Its interests range from commercial, competition and intellectual property law, human rights, the economic law of the single market, social and labour law, and immigration and migration law issues.
Additionally the Law Faculty offers a number of wide ranging degrees at the undergraduate and postgraduate level and is an active participant in the Jean Monnet Professors’ project, the ERASMUS/SOCRATES student and teacher mobility programme and is a founder member of the European Law Faculties Association.
The Annual Law School lecture will be introduced by Professor Erika Szyszczak, the newly appointed Professor of European Competition and Labour Law and Director of the Centre for European Law and Integration.
Professor Szyszczak said: "I am delighted that such an acclaimed speaker will be giving the Annual Law Lecture which coincides with the launch of this new Centre. This exemplifies the University of Leicester's active interest in European affairs."
The Annual Law School Lecture 2001 will be delivered by Advocate General Jacobs QC, Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Communities, on Thursday 15th March 2001 at 5.30pm in Lecture Theatre 1 in the Ken Edwards Building, University of Leicester.
The lecture is open to the public and free of charge.
Note to editors: There will be a photo opportunity at the start of the lecture. Further information is available from Professor Erika Szyszczak, Professor of European Competition and Labour Law and Director of the University of Leicester Centre for European Law and Integration, telephone 0116 252 2368, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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