International Conference 'Freedom Under Pressure'

07-12-2017 09:00 to 08-12-2017 16:00
Conference Centre 'Het Pand', Onderbergen 1 in 9000 Gent
Karin Van Peteghem
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The Faculty celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2017 and the international conference 'Freedom Under Pressure' on 7 and 8 December 2017 form part of the festivities.

On the occasion of its 200th anniversary, the Faculty of Law and Criminology at Ghent University will host an international conference on 7 and 8 December 2017, under  the overarching theme ‘Freedom Under Pressure’.

A number of disruptive factors and events, such as technological evolutions, economic  globalization and international migration, increasingly put pressure on policy-makers to recalibrate the safeguards offered by fundamental rights and freedoms. Against this background, the conference seeks to gather legal scholars and practitioners from various disciplines to discuss the role of fundamental freedoms and rights faced with these pressures.

Panel discussions will focus on three main themes:

  1. data protection and privacy
  2. freedom of movement in the EU
  3. public policy and property protection.

Keynote speeches will be delivered by

  • Judge Alan Rosas (CJEU)
  • Judge Siofra O'Leary (ECHR)
  • Judge James Crawford (ICJ)
  • Prof. Joe Cannataci (UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy)

The detailed programme and practical details regarding registration are available on the conference website.

On behalf of the organizing committee, dean Michel Tison looks forward to meeting all participants at this conference, which marks the end of the bicentenary celebration of the Faculty of Law and Criminology.