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CeCIL in Canterbury

Looking to engage with members of the public on international legal issues, CeCIL is launching a series of free public talks and interactive discussions  by CeCIL academics on topical global issues.

CeCIL in Canterbury takes place in The Friends Meeting House, 6 The Friars, Canterbury CT1 2AS.
Talks start at 19.00. Doors open from: 18.30 (with light refreshments available). CeCIL in Canterbury is supported by the University of Kent Public Engagement with Research Fund.

Tuesday, 1 November -- Dr Sophie Vigneron, The Destruction of Cultural Heritage: From Byzantine Iconoclasm to Daesh

Dr Vigneron will examine the historical destruction of cultural heritage for religious and/or political purposes from as far back as the Byzantine era right up to current events in the Middle East. New ways of communicating cultural destruction and, conversely, new methods of protecting heritage will also be discussed.

Read a blog post of Sophie's talk by Eric Loefflad 

Tuesday, 7 March -- Professor Nick Grief, Beyond Law's Limits? Holding Nuclear-armed States to Account in the International Court of Justice.

In April 2014 the Marshall Islands, a tiny State in the Pacific Ocean, lodged applications in the International Court of Justice against each of the nine nuclear-armed States, accusing them of violating international law by failing to pursue in good faith and conclude negotiations for the worldwide elimination of nuclear weapons. Three cases are currently before the Court - against India, Pakistan and the United Kingdom. The public hearings on jurisdiction, admissibility and the UK's preliminary objections were in March 2016. The Court's judgments on that phase of the cases are now awaited. The merits of the cases will be considered at a future date if the Marshall Islands succeeds at this preliminary stage.

In his talk, Nick Grief - a member of the Marshall Islands' legal team - will discuss the cases and raise questions such as: —What do we mean by ‘the rule of law’ in the international order? —To what extent, if at all, can law compel or constrain nuclear-armed States? Is law irrelevant in this context? And what is the relationship between law and power: is law merely what those with ‘the say’ say it is?

Wednesday, 31 May -- Dr Darren Dinsmore, State of Emergency: On Turkey's Gülenist Purge and the Defence of Human Rights

The 15 July attempted coup d’etat in Turkey hit the world’s headlines, with widely shared images of soldiers surrendering to groups of ‘protesters’ and of discarded tanks on Istanbul’s Bosphorus Bridge. By the time the coup was put down, the Parliament building in Ankara had been bombed, 246 people killed and more than 2,500 wounded. On 21 July the government declared a state of emergency and claimed the need to ‘derogate’ from its human rights obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights in the face of a 'threat to the life of the nation'. A host of UN and Council of Europe experts have expressed concern at the scale and scope of Turkey’s response: mass suspensions, detentions and immediate closures affecting the judiciary, the army and police, education, trade unions and the media.

In this talk Darren Dinsmore will discuss the state of emergency in Turkey and raise questions such as: What limits can States place on human rights in times of emergency? What is the likely response of the European Court of Human Rights to Turkey's use of emergency powers? And, what is the role of human rights courts regarding systematic violations of human rights?


For further information

Members of the public are also welcome to attend CeCIL Guest Lecture Series and Annual Lecture which take place at University of Kent’s Canterbury campus


Image: "Global Invader" by Andres Pascual used courtesy of the artist


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