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Democracy and the Rule of Law: Relationships, Challenges, and Conflicts

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This conference brings together academics and practitioners from all over the world and tackles some of the many topical issues that seem jeopardised by legal and political developments both at the national and international levels. It focuses on the relationship between the rule of law and democracy, and identifies some of the challenges that both face in light of recent and ongoing developments in the US, Europe, and Asia.

The panels begin with a generalist, theoretical approach before moving onto the intergovernmental and national levels. Finally, perhaps the greatest modern day challenge is tackled: the balance between mass security and personal rights, seen through the lens of the dichotomy of fighting terrorism and maintaining the rule of law.

The conference does not, however, simply invite audience members to sit and listen. Rather, the Concluding Roundtable Discussion will invite members of the audience and panellists together to assess the research presented, discuss ongoing and future challenges of the relationship between the rule of law and democracy, and provide ideas as to how these can be overcome. It will be an interactive session with the aim of robust dialogue, rebuttal, and analysis, leading to proposals as to the future of the rule of law and democracy in light of the day's panel presentations and the current context in which they have been delivered.

[The provisional programme below will be updated with further information]

8:30 – 9:00 Registration

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome and Keynote Introduction
Dr. Sherif A. Elgebeily
(Director, CSIPS)

9:15 – 10:15 Keynote Address
TBC

10:15 – 10:25 Break

10:25 – 11:45 Session 1: Theories and Views of the Rule of Law

1. Should there be a ‘Rule of International Law’?
Mr. Luigi Lonardo and Mr. Arthur Langellier (King’s College London, UK)

2. Law, Democracy and Creative Cultural Resistance. What is Heavy Metal Screaming about?
Ms. Pavla Samoylova (University of Giessen, Germany)

3. Democracy, Marginal Communities and Police Harassment. Is the Rule of Law Capable of Guaranteeing the Rights of Beggars Against the Will of the Majority?
Dr. Giacomo Pailli (University of Florence)

4. Parliamentary Accountability in Line with the Rule of Law
Mr. G. Preetham Sameer (Christ University, India)

11:45 – 11:55 Break

11:55 – 13:00 Session 2: The EU and the Rule of Law

5. UN and EU future role in rule of law with a focus on UNMIK and EULEX rules and regulations as related to Serbia and Kosovo
Mr. Attila Nagy (International Business College, Serbia)

6. Different Antagonisms to Create Subjects Of Law And Democracy: A Comparison Between Turkey and EUMs
Ms. Tugba Yuruk (Ankara University, Turkey)

7. The Principle Of Legality in the EU’s Economic Crisis Management & People’s Response to State Penetration
Ms. Despoina Kotsi (Practicing Lawyer, Greece)

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch (included in registration)

14:00 – 15:20 Session 3: Country Case Studies

8. Separation of Powers as a Tool to Enforce Rule of Law in a Democratic Regime: The Case of Nigeria
Ms. Adejoke Adediran (Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Nigeria)

9. Constitutional reform and the Rule of Law in Greece: Defending Democracy in Times of Crisis
Dr. Giulia Aravantinou Leonidi (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy)

10. The Rule of Law, or the Revolution of Law? Hong Kong, Macau and Democracy Revisited
Mr. Miroslaw M. Sadowski (University of Wroclaw, Poland)

11. Religion in American Democracy
Ms. Mariya Ilyas (Tufts Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, USA) & Ms. Cassie Rasmussen (Harvard Law School, USA)

15:20 – 15:30 Break

15:30 – 16:50 Session 4: The Fight Against Terrorism and the Rule of Law

12. Are the Rule of Law and Democracy Threatened in Time of Ordinary Terrorism?
Professor Giovanna de Minico (University of Naples Federico II, Italy)

13. Theorising Counter-Terrorism post ISIL: a Reassessment of Democracy and the Rule of Law
Dr. Ian Turner (Lancashire Law School, UK)

14. The Combatant Activities Exception and the Rule of Law
Mr. Haim Abraham (University of Toronto, Canada)

16:50 – 17:00 Break

17:00 – 18:00 Session 5: Concluding Roundtable Discussion
The Concluding Roundtable Discussion will invite members of the audience and panellists together to assess the research presented, discuss ongoing and future challenges of the relationship between the rule of law and democracy, and provide ideas as to how these can be overcome. It will be an interactive session with the aim of robust dialogue, rebuttal, and analysis, leading to proposals as to the future of the rule of law and democracy in light of the day's panel presentations and the current context in which they have been delivered.

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