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The UK Supreme Court: An Assessment of the first Three Years 2010-2012

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UK Supreme Court

12 October 2012

Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Venue: The Supreme Court, Parliament Square, London SW1P 3BD

Centre for Commercial Law Studies, School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London

The purpose of the conference is to assess the first three years of the UK Supreme Court and, more broadly, discuss key developments in English law. 

The conference will examine three themes:

  • The role of the Supreme Court in constitutional law and human rights
  • comparative perspectives from Europe and the United States
  • private and commercial law developments examining both specific judgments delivered by the Supreme Court and more general themes on the evolution of the law.

For Twitter users the hashtag for this event is #CCLSuksc


Download the Supreme Court conference programme 2012 [PDF 296KB]

The Supreme Court and Private Law

Chairman: Sir Stephen Sedley

  • 9.00 – 9.30 Registrations and Coffee
  • 9.30 – 9.35 Welcoming Address - Professor Spyros Maniatis, Director, CCLS
  • 9.35 – 10.00 Keynote address: The Supreme Court - Lord Hope of Craighead
  • 10.00- 10.20 The Supreme Court: Its Legacy from the House of Lords and Its Record to Date in Commercial Law - Professor Michael Bridge, London School of Economics
  • 10.20- 10.40 Good Faith and Commercial Expectations after Progress Property and Belmont Park Investments - Nick Segal, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • 10.40- 11.00 The future shape of contract law - Professor Hugh Beale, University of Warwick
  • 11.00- 11.15 Discussion
  • 11.15- 11.45 Coffee Break

The Supreme Court in Comparative Perspective: US and European Perspectives

Chairman: Sir Stephen Sedley

  • 11.45- 12.15 A view from the United States - His Honour Judge David Brooks Smith, United States Court of Appeal for the Third Circuit and Erin Delaney, Northwestern University School of Law
  • 12.15- 12.45 A View from Europe - His Honour Judge Paul Mahoney, European Court of Human Rights
  • 12.45- 13.00 Discussion
  • 13.00- 14.00 Lunch

The Supreme Court and the Constitution

Chairman: Lord Justice Rix

  • 14.00- 14.20 Supreme Courts, Constitutional Justice, and Political Theory: Reflections on Public Law - Professor Paul Craig, University of Oxford
  • 14.20- 14.40 Precedent and the Supreme Court - James Lee, University of Birmingham
  • 14.40- 15.00 The Supreme Court and Criminal Justice: Selected Developments - Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas, School of Law, Queen Mary University of London
  • 15.00- 15.15 Discussion
  • 15.15- 15.45 Tea Break

Developments in Commercial and Insurance law

Chairman: Lord Justice Rix

  • 15.45 – 16.45
  • The Supreme Court and Developments in Commercial and Insurance law - Professor Philip Rawlings, CCLS, Queen Mary University of London
  • Copyright Law and the Supreme Court - Jonathan Griffiths, Queen Mary University of London
  • The Supreme Court and Arbitration Law - Stavros Brekoulakis, CCLS, Queen Mary University of London
  • Tax law Developments - David Southern, Barrister and CCLS, Queen Mary University of London
  • 16.45- 17.00 Discussion and closing remarks

CPD Points

This event is accredited for 5.5 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points

How to Book

The preferred method of payment is online via the Queen Mary e-shop. The conference fee is £100 for legal practitioners and £50 for academics.    

If you would like to pay by cheque, please email Katherine Zaim with your registration details and send your cheque to: Katherine Zaim, Events and Alumni Development Manager, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London, 67-69 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3JB. Cheques should be addressed to Queen Mary, University of London.


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