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Lecture in Streaming Audio: Rights, Security and Conflicting International Obligations: The Judgment of the European Court of Justice in Kadi and its Aftermath, March 17, 2011

Prof. Suzanne Kingston (University College Dublin/EUCE York Visiting Scholar) gave the sixth lecture in EUCE York’s Lectures in Law and Governance Series on Thursday, March 17, 2011 from 12:30-2:00 pm in room 626 York Research Tower (#95 on the map found here).

Entitled “Rights, Security and Conflicting International Obligations: The Judgment of the European Court of Justice in Kadi and its Aftermath”, this talk examines the European Court of Justice’s decision in Joined Cases C-402/05 P and C-415/05 P Kadi & Al Barakaat, a ruling which has frequently been condemned as a missed opportunity for the Court to engage in a wide international debate about how state’s multiple layers of obligation relate to one another.  This paper argues that the way in which the Court chose to frame the issues in Kadi in fact enabled it to engage in an inter-institutional and inter-organizational international dialogue rejecting dichotomous approaches to security and rights.  At the same time, the approach enabled the Court to strengthen its internal constitutional commitment to fundamental rights protection and, a priori, to reject dichotomous counter-terrorist approaches on the local as well as the international level.  As illustrated by the aftermath to the judgment, Kadi is of key significance for both European and international constitutionalist processes.

Should you have been unable to attend this lecture, you’ll find a streaming audio version of Prof. Kingston’s presentation here.

Dr. Suzanne Kingston is a barrister and a lecturer in law at University College Dublin.  A graduate of Oxford University (BA in Law) and Leiden University, the Netherlands (LL.M., Ph.D.), she specialises in EU law, including EU environmental and competition law.  She was an affiliated lecturer at Cambridge University from 2006-2007, and served as a référendaire (legal adviser) in the cabinet of Advocate General Geelhoed at the European Court of Justice, Luxembourg from 2004-2006.  Prior to this, she practised EU law at the Brussels office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.  She has published widely on EU law, and is the author of Greening EU Competition Law and Policy (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)

Light refreshments will be served.

All are welcome but attendees are asked to preregister with AMonardo@osgoode.