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Litigating for Social Change - conference

Bringing together NGOs, community activists, litigators, academics and funders to reflect on how strategic litigation can transform lives and enable people and communities to realise their rights.

Strategic Litigation Conference 19-21 Oct 16 Law Centre (NI) Social Change Initiative The Atlantic Philanthropies

 
Litigating for Social Change
 
Wednesday 19 - Friday 21 October 2016

Assembly Buildings Conference Centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland

A joint project of Law Centre (NI), Social Change Initiative and The Atlantic Philanthropies, this international conference will bring together NGOs, community activists, litigators, academics and funders to reflect on how strategic litigation can transform lives and enable people and communities to realise their rights. Full programme here.

You can register your attendance here

Or, for a more disabled-friendly booking method, please email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 

 

Conference purpose

With speakers from different geographic and legal settings, the conference aims to explore:
  • Lessons learnt from the use of test case litigation to date
  • Strategic litigation as a tool for promoting social justice
  • Models and approaches to supporting strategic litigation
 

Conference programme


Wednesday 19 October

The conference will be opened by a senior legal figure.

Plenary sessions

  • How can strategic litigation deliver transformative change? International perspectives
  • Recent research findings on strategic litigation
  • Drinks and conference dinner

Thursday 20 October

Plenary sessions

  • Using transnational and quasi-judicial fora
  • The ‘right’ time and the ‘right’ case
Issue-focused workshops to include:
  • Slavery and forced labour: ending impunity
  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • Children’s rights
  • Disability rights
  • Environmental rights
  • Litigating for social rights: the case of equal access to quality education
  • Poverty and social welfare rights
  • Health rights
  • Litigating for the prohibition of violations: the case of custodial torture


Friday 21 October


Plenary sessions
  • Models and approaches to supporting strategic litigation
  • Making sure the outcome makes a difference: protecting wins
Law Centre (NI) Social Justice Lecture
This event will be followed by the Law Centre (NI) Annual Social Justice Lecture: Social Justice and Human Rights, with The Rt Hon. the Baroness Hale of Richmond DBE. To ensure your place at the lecture, please make a separate reservation (see below under 'Conference Cost').
 

Confirmed speakers

 

CPD

Barristers

This conference is accredited by the Bar Council of Northern Ireland for:

  • Day 1 - 4 CPD points/hours
  • Day 2 - 5.5 CPD points/hours
  • Day 3 - 5 CPD points/hours

Solicitors

Solicitors attending this event are eligible to claim 15.5 general group study CPD hours:

  • Day 1 - 3.5 hours
  • Day 2 - 6.5 hours
  • Day 3 - 5.5 hours

 

Conference venue

Assembly Buildings Conference Centre (Spires Centre)
2-10 Fisherwick Place, Belfast BT1 6DW (opposite Jury's Hotel). 
www.assemblybuildings.co.uk
How to get there 
Fully accessible venue. Induction loops in conference hall.
Car parking facilities in Great Northern Multi-Storey Car Park. Reduced price of £5 per day on presenting a voucher provided by Assembly Buildings Conference Centre Reception staff.

 

Accommodation

The link below has a range of hotels and guest houses within reasonable distance of Belfast City Centre: 
www.tripadvisor.co.uk/HotelsList-Belfast-City-Centre-Hotels-zfp8837.html
You can also contact Belfast Visitors Centre for information about suitable accommodation:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
 

Conference cost

Conference only: £50
Conference and dinner £75
You can book your place here
for a more disabled-friendly booking method, please email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The social justice lecture is free but you need to reserve your place separately: reserve your place at the social justice lecture

 

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