Thursday, December 14, 2006

Happy Holidays!

The Society will be taking a break over the Christmas holidays, but we'll be back with a programme for the new year by the end of January. We have a number of discussions and presentations in mind. We'll start out with a roundtable discussion regarding global warming towards the end of January. Any suggestions can be posted in the comments section and would be much appreciated.

Till then, best wishes to all for this holiday season!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Programme Update

The Society is pleased to announce the final two research presentations for this calendar year. Eleanor Sharpston, the British Advocate General at the European Court of Justice, will present a paper on Friday 08 December. Dr Lorenzo Zucca will present a paper on Monday 11 December in preparation for the International Conference on Conflicts between Fundamental Rights.

Friday 08 December, 12pm, Room 613 MacRobert Building
Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston ‘European Citizenship and the Fundamental Freedoms: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing?’
(moderated by Prof Paul Beaumont)

Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston will present a paper as part of the Law School’s Research Seminar Programme. The Legal Research Society is proud to have collaborated with the Law School to bring one of Britain’s foremost European lawyers to Aberdeen. Further information about the Advocate General can be viewed at the website of the European Court of Justice.

Monday 11 December, 5pm, Taylor A15
Dr Lorenzo Zucca ‘Conflicts of Fundamental Rights as Constitutional Dilemmas’
(moderated by Jernej Letnar)

This paper deals with one of the most important issues of philosophy of law and constitutional thought: how to understand clashes of fundamental rights, such as the conflict between free speech and privacy. The main argument of this book is that much can be learned about the nature of fundamental legal rights by examining them through the lens of conflicts among such rights, and criticizing the views of scholars and jurists who have discussed both fundamental legal rights and the nature of conflicts among them.

Theories of rights are necessarily abstract, aiming at providing the best possible answers to pressing social problems. Yet such theories must also respond to the real and changing dilemmas of the day.Taking up the problem of conflicting rights, Zucca seeks a theory of rights that can guide us to a richer, more responsive approach to rights discourse.

The idea of constitutional rights is one of the most powerful tools to advance justice in the Western tradition. But as this book demonstrates, even the most ambitious theory of rights cannot satisfactorily address questions of conflicting rights. How, for instance, can we fully secure privacy when it clashes with free speech? To what extent can our societies assist people in dying without compromising the protection of life? Exploring the limitations of the rights discourse in these areas, Zucca questions the role of law in settling ethical dilemmas helping to clarify thinking about the limitations of rights discourse.