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Law and Michael Freeman Colloquium

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Monday, 1 July 2013 at 09:00 - Tuesday, 2 July 2013 at 19:00 (BST)

Law and Michael Freeman Colloquium

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Law and Michael Freeman

on 1 & 2 July 2013 

at the Faculty of Laws, University College London


About this colloquium
The UCL Faculty of Laws is celebrating Professor Michael Freeman's extraordinary contribution to legal scholarship over the course of his distinguished career in the 2013 Current Legal Issues Colloquium.

The themes of the Colloquium will encompass children's rights, corporal punishment of children, family and child law generally, medical ethics and the law, jurisprudence, Jewish law and legal systems/legal pluralism, all areas of research to which Michael has made significant contributions.

Leading international scholars and practitioners from each of these areas will be presenting their current work and some are reflecting specifically upon Michael's contributions to the field. Michael Freeman will also give the keynote lecture on the evening of the first day of the colloquium, on 'Rethinking Children's Rights', chaired by Baroness Hale of Richmond


Monday 1 July 2013
08:30 Registration and refreshments
09:10 Welcome
Professor Dame Hazel Genn DBE QC (Dean, UCL Faculty of Laws) and Professor Alison Diduck (UCL Laws)
09:15 Session Chair
Dr Philip Veerman (Health Psychologist and Independent Expert of the Courts, The Netherlands)

Michael Freeman’s View of Children’s Rights
Priscilla Alderson (Institute of Education, UK)

Economic and Social Rights under the CRC
Aoife Nolan  (Nottingham University, UK)

Children’s Rights and the Capability Approach: a Way Forward
Noam Peleg (UCL, UK)

Throwaway kids: The Rights of Children in Transition to Adulthood
Alice Hearst (Smith College, USA)

The Jurisprudence of Children’s Rights
Lucinda Ferguson (University of Oxford, UK)

11:00 Break
11:15 Session Chair
Mavis Maclean (OXFLAP, Oxford University, UK)

What if children had been involved in drafting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of  the Child? 

Laura Lundy and Elizabeth Welty (Queen’s University Belfast)

Children’s Rights and International Child Abduction
Rhona Schuz (Sharei Mishpat, Israel)

The meaning of “special protection” for the child in alternative care
Ruth Farrugia (University of Malta)

Children’s rights and the constitution of South Africa
Meda Couzens (University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, RSA)

A response to Michael Freeman’s call to take children’s rights seriously
John Tobin (Melbourne University, Australia)

13:00 Lunch
14:00 Session Chair
Dr Sarah Hawkes (UCL)

Progress towards abolishing physical punishment in childhood: Advancing children’s rights to dignity and respectful treatment
Bernadette Saunders (Monash University, Australia)

Michael Freeman’s contribution to children’s rights
Mark Henaghan (Otago University, New Zealand)

Children and Criminal law
Heather Keating (Sussex University, UK)

A diversion? The impact of the pre-proceedings process on care proceedings
Judith Masson (Bristol University,UK)

Best interests of the child in relocation - perspectives from lawyers in England & Wales
Ghislaine Lanteigne (UCL, UK)

15:45 Break
16:00 Session Chair
Emily Jackson (LSE, UK)

The Right to Responsible Parents? Young children and healthcare law
Jo Bridgeman (Sussex University, UK)

Assisted reproduction and the child's right to know his or her origin - Sweden's response to its international law obligations and new challenges raised by surrogacy 
Jane Stoll (Uppsala University, Sweden)

Margot Brazier, Daniel Griffiths and Amel Alghrani (Manchester University, UK)

Taking the rights of the elderly patient seriously in an ageing population: lessons for the NHS: challenges for government
Jean McHale (Birmingham University, UK)

Jurisprudence and bioethics?
John Harris (Manchester University, UK)

17:45 Break

Public Lecture on  ‘Rethinking Children's Rights’
by Professor Michael Freeman (UCL Laws)

Chaired by The Rt Hon. Baroness Hale of Richmond DBE (Supreme Court of the United Kingdom)

19:00 Reception
20:00 Dinner (Optional)
Tuesday 2 July
08:45 Registration and refreshments
09:15 Session Chair
Riz Mokal (UCL)

Professing Jurisprudence
Roger Cotterrell (Queen Mary, University of London)

Cricket, Gambling and Corruption
Peter Alldridge (Queen Mary, University of London, UK)

Reflections on MDF’s Law and Order in 1984
Rob Reiner (LSE, UK) 

The Intention to Create Legal Relations and the Scope of Contract Law
Prince Saprai (UCL, UK)

11:00 Break

Session Chair
Eric Barendt (UCL)

Philosophy of Law: Secular and Religious (with some reference to Jewish family law)
Bernard Jackson (Liverpool Hope University, UK)

The People's Choice:  Law in Culture and Society
Lawrence Friedman (Stanford University, USA)

(In)Forming the Subject of Law: On the uses of myth in stories for children
Anne McGillivray (University of Manitoba, Canada)

The story of Rav and the butcher in the Talmud: Implications for scholars and mediators
David Nelken (University of Macerata, Italy / LSE, UK)

13:00 Lunch

Session Chair
Andrew Lewis (UCL)

Patriarchy, violence and Michael Freeman
Helen Reece (LSE)

Challenging the power of the state? The case of religious marriage and divorce
Gillian Douglas (Cardiff University, UK)

Law and Religion in an Age of Equality
Myriam Hunter Henin (UCL, UK)

Law, values and culture
John Eekelaar (University of Oxford, UK)

Children abusing parents
Jonathan Herring (University of Oxford, UK)

15:45 Break
16:00 Session Chair
Olga Khazova (Institute of State and Law, Russian Academy of Sciences)

Significant Developments in International Family Law in the Past Decade 
Lord Justice Thorpe (England and Wales Court of Appeal, UK)

The Family Law World of Michael Freeman
Sanford Katz (Boston College, USA)

Michael Freeman and the rights and wrongs of resolving private law disputes
Felicity Kaganas/Christine Piper (Brunel University, UK)

Towards a Conservative theory of Family law
Andrew Gilbert (University of East Anglia/ UCL, UK)

17:45 Break

Session Chair
Alison Diduck (UCL)

Michael Freeman: A Renaissance Man
Carrie Menkel Meadow (Georgetown University)


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UCL Faculty of Laws - Graduate Wing
1-2 Endsleigh Street
WC1H 0EG London
United Kingdom

Monday, 1 July 2013 at 09:00 - Tuesday, 2 July 2013 at 19:00 (BST)

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