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The European Court of Human Rights: Master of the Law but not of the Facts?

Date: 6th November 2014

Time: 18:00 - 19:00

Venue: Senate House, Malet Street, LONDON, WC1E 7HU

Event Details

Time: 18:00-19:00

Venue: Senate House, University Of London, Malet Street, Bloomsbury, WC1E 7HU


The European Court of Human Rights is the master of the law under the European Convention on Human Rights. However, the Court often emphasises that it is not a court of fourth instance, which would replace highest domestic courts in their assessment of facts. But here the question arises: can the Court really separate the process of assessment of law from assessment of facts?

This lecture by a prominent speaker - the Court's President Dean Spielmann - will analyse relevant practice and theory in more detail to give an answer to this pertinent question.

The event will be followed by a drinks reception.


Keynote speaker

  • Judge Dean Spielmann, President of the European Court of Human Rights


  • Steven Kay QC, 9 Bedford Row

Closing Thanks

  • Dame Rosalyn Higgins DBE QC, President of BIICL; Former President, International Court of Justice

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CPD Points

This event has been accredited with 1 CPD point.

Sponsored by 9 Bedford Row Chambers

Event convened by Robert McCorquodale, Institute Director, BIICL and Dr Andraž Zidar, Dorset Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law, BIICL.

Pricing and Registration


Individual £40

Full-time Academic £25

Full-time Student £15


Individuals £70

Full-time Academic £45

Full-time Student £25

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