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New Book Forum: 'Protecting Vulnerable Groups. The European Human Rights Framework' by Sara Iglesias Sanchez and Francesca Ippolito

4 March 2016

Time: 5:00 - 7:00pm
Venue: Room 313, Law Building, School of Law, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS

Protecting Vulnerable Groups coverThe Centre for European and International Legal Affairs (CEILA) in the School of Law at Queen Mary University of London with the sponsorship of Hart Publishing, hosts this new book forum for Dr Francesca Ippolito (University of Cagliari) and Dr Sara Iglesias Sánchez’s (Référendaire - Court of Justice of the European Union) new edited collection, Protecting Vulnerable Groups: The European Human Rights Framework. The forum will begin with an introduction by Dr Ippolito and Dr Iglesias, and will be followed by commentary, replies, and general discussion with the audience.


About the Book

The concept of vulnerability has not been unequivocally interpreted either in regional or in universal international legal instruments. This book analyses the work of the EU and the Council of Europe in ascertaining a clear framework or a set of criteria suitable to determine those who should be considered vulnerable and disadvantaged. It also explores the measures required to protect their human rights.

Key questions can be answered by analysing the different methods used to determine the levels of protection offered by the two European systems. These questions include whether the Convention and the case law of the Strasbourg Court, the monitoring mechanisms of the Council of Europe, EU law and the case law of the European Court of Justice enhance the protection of vulnerable groups and expand the protection of their rights, or, alternatively, whether they are mainly used to fill in relatively minor gaps or occasional lapses in national rights guarantees. The analysis also shows the extent to which these two European systems provide analogous, or indeed divergent, standards and how any such divergence might be problematic in light of the EU accession to the European Convention on Human Rights.

Drinks and an opportunity for informal exchanges with the speakers will be offered at the end of the event.


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How to book

This event is free but prior booking is required. Register online via Eventbrite.


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