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Annual Grotius Lecture and Dinner 2015

Date: 26th March 2015

Time: 17:30 - 22:00

Venue: The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, LONDON, WC2A 1PL

Event Details

Time: Lecture - 17:30-18:30, Dinner - 19:30-22:00

Venue:The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL

Join us for the BIICL Annual Grotius Lecture and Dinner at the Law Society.

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Annual Grotius Lecture (17:30-18:30)

Distinguished speaker, Eleanor Sharpston QC, will deliver the Lecture on the subject "Squaring the Circle? Fighting Terrorism whilst Respecting Fundamental Rights". The Lecture will be chaired by Dame Rosalyn Higgins DBE QC, President of BIICL, and former President, International Court of Justice.

Eleanor Sharpston QC has been Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union since 2006. After serving as a référendaire (judicial assistant) to Advocate General, subsequently Judge, Sir Gordon Slynn, she taught and researched what was then EC law, together with comparative law, at University College London and then at King's College Cambridge. In parallel, she pursued a career at the Bar specialising in EC law and the ECHR, becoming a Queen's Counsel in 1999. She has published widely on European Union law and comparative law.

The Lecture aims to be both enriching and thought-provoking. It will be of great interest to barristers, solicitors, judges, arbitrators, government officials, intergovernmental officials, academics, students and all with an interest in European law.

The Lecture will be followed by a drinks reception and networking.

Annual Grotius Dinner (19:30-22:00)

We are delighted to welcome Sir Paul Jenkins KCB QC as the speaker for the Annual Grotius Dinner. Sir Paul was the United Kingdom Government's principal legal official from 2006 to 2014, serving as Treasury Solicitor, Permanent Secretary to the Attorney General and Head of the Government Legal Service.

Paul joined the Government Legal Service from the self-employed Bar in 1979 and spent his early career in the Treasury Solicitor's Department. In 1992 he became the first Legal Adviser to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. From 1998 to 2004 Paul was the Legal Adviser to the Lord Chancellor's Department and then Director General of the Legal and International Group in the Department of Constitutional Affairs. Prior to his appointment as Permanent Secretary, Paul was the Legal Adviser to the Departments for Work and Pensions and Health. He has been a Bencher of the Middle Temple since 2002 and is a Trustee of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. He now provides independent consultancy and advisory services to governments and commercial organisations in the UK and internationally.

The Dinner will be chaired by Susan Bright, Managing Partner of Hogan Lovells LLP, and a Trustee of BIICL. The Dinner will include the presentation of the 'Supporter of the Year' Award. Established in 2012, the Award recognises major support given to the Institute by an organisation or individual.

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Pricing and Registration

Member rates

  • The Lecture is free to all BIICL members. Advance registration is essential.
  • Dinner: £65 (incl VAT)

Non-member rates

Non-members registering for both the Dinner and Lecture will receive a £10 discount.

  • Dinner: £65 (incl VAT)
  • Individual: Dinner & Lecture £90
  • Full-time Academic: Dinner & Lecture £80
  • Full-time Student: Dinner & Lecture £70

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