Lincoln Law School International and European Law Research Seminar – 16 October 2013

Lincoln Law School International and European Law Research Seminar – 16 October 2013

Professor Massimo La Torre – ‘A Weberian Moment for Europe?’

Drawing on Max Weber’s political and social theories, the presentation examined the current crisis within the European Union focusing in particular on the contrasting notion of the nation-state and ideas of European supranational governance. In so doing, La Torre utilised various case studies concerning the Economic and Monetary Union as well as recent judgments of the Court of Justice of the European Union such as the Melloni ruling (Case C-399/12), which in the words of La Torre constitutes ‘a renewed and vocal vindication of EU law primacy over the normative core of national constitutional orders.’

Professor La Torre is Professor of Legal Philosophy at the University of Catanzaro, Magna Graecia, Italy, and Visiting Professor at the School of Law of the University of Hull. Previously, he taught at the Universities of Florence, Bologna (Italy) and Murcia (Spain). He held numerous visiting professorial fellowships at European and American Universities and he has been a fellow of the Alliance Française, the Consiglio Nazionale delle Richerche, the British Council and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. 

Lincoln Law School Research Seminar on Sports Law 9 October 2013

Lincoln Law School Research Seminar on Sports Law – 9 October 2013

‘Catch Me If You Can: Drugs and Doping in Sport’
Richard Parnell – Bridge McFarland Solicitors

The presentation provided a brief overview of sports law focusing, in particular, on the controversial issue of the use of drugs and doping in sport. The discussion featured a number of recent case studies on doping in sport with an examination of the reasons for introducing anti-doping regulation; how sport currently controls doping; doping offences and sanctions and the concept of ‘strict liability’; prohibited substances and methods used in doping; and the health risks to athletes. The presentation concluded with some important considerations for the future of doping in sport and reflected on whether the current anti-doping laws should be reformed or abolished.

Richard Parnell is Managing Partner of Bridge McFarland Solicitors based at the Firm’s Lincoln Office. He specialises in employment and sports law. Richard is the club solicitor of Lincoln City Football Club and is a member of the British Association for Sport and Law. He has recently been appointed as a trustee and non-executive director of the Lincolnshire Sports Partnership and he is also to be a member of Lincoln Law School’s Advisory Board.

Lincoln Law School – International and European Law Research Seminar 13 February 2013

Dr Vassilis Tzevelekos, University of Hull

‘Extraterritoriality in Human Rights Protection and Concurrent International Responsibility’

The paper examined how extraterritoriality in human rights protection may lead to the concurrent responsibility of more than one state involved in the same wrongful situation. Dr Tzevelekos focused on the distinction between directly attributable wrongfulness, on the one hand, and responsibility for lack of diligence, that is, for failure to apply in human rights protection the positive measures that are necessary and available to the state. In this context, he examined the criterion of effective control in extraterritoriality as well as the notion of concurrent liability. The main aim of his paper was to chart the role of effectiveness, in particular, by showing that the existence of any type of nexus, either legal or de facto, that is, effective, between a state and a given factual wrongful situation expands that state’s sphere of jurisdiction and requires it to actively tackle the wrongful act, provided this is possible and that the means it chooses are lawful.

Professor Erika Szyszczak launches Lincoln Law School’s International and European Law Research Seminar Series 2012-2013

14 November 2012 – Professor Erika Szyszczak (Jean Monnet Professor of European Law ad personam at the School of Law, University of Leicester) launched Lincoln Law School’s International and European Union Law seminar series with a presentation entitled Putting the “Market” into the “Social.”

The paper explored the effects of the economic crisis on the way Member States of the European Union can organise their social systems – looking particularly at the governance processes, competence issues and the role of courts.  Using the modernisation of social services of general interest (SSGIs) as a case study, Professor Szyszczak examined the post-Treaty of Lisbon 2009 re-balance of “market-social values” and how the entry into force of this Treaty has led to greater emphasis on competition and market objectives rather than social aims as well as further commercialisation of (public) social services.  In so doing, the paper looked at the interaction between EU competition rules and Internal Market legislation and extant problems concerning the regulation of SSGIs resulting from different layers of decision-making and policy-making, an increased used of soft law measures and processes and the involvement of a multiplicity of actors all of which pose many methodological problems for lawyers and require a new approach to their understanding.

Putting the “Market” into the “Social” – Guest Seminar

The Lincoln Law School International and European Law Research seminar series continues next week with a visit from Professor Erika Szyszczak.

Professor Erika Szyszczak, Jean Monnet Professor of European Law and Professor of EU competition and labour law at the University of Leicester, will give a presentation on Putting the “Market” into the “Social” on 14 November 2012 at 2pm.

The paper explores the effects of the economic crisis on the way EU Member States can organise their social systems – looking particularly at the governance processes, competence issues and the role of courts.

This will take place in room BL0102 at Lincoln Law School and will last around an hour.

If you would like to attend please email law@lincoln.ac.uk