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Speakers confirmed for Belfast summer school

05 Jun 2019 / Ireland Print

Speakers confirmed for Belfast summer school

The speakers have been announced for the Belfast summer school hosted by Northern Ireland Attorney General John F Larkin (pictured).

The August gathering will explore major constitutional law issues drawing on the particular perspective of Northern Ireland.


Lord Lloyd-Jones JSC has been confirmed as keynote speaker.

The cost to attendees is £200 for the full three-day programme, or £40 per session.

Tickets for the conference dinner are an additional £40.

The school commences on Wednesday 7 August at the Clayton Hotel in Belfast with the topic: “A public law revolution in May?” (10am – 12.30pm).

This is followed by a talk on: “devolution and good government: interim thoughts on the RHI Inquiry”.  Both sessions will be addressed by the Attorney General.

The afternoon session (1.30pm – 4pm) is entitled: “Language, interpretation and constitutional values”.

The key note speaker is Lord Lloyd-Jones of the British Supreme Court joined by Judge Dr Ildikó Marosi of the Constitutional Court of Hungary.

On Thursday 8 August, the third session will examine the European Convention on Human Rights and the perspective from Strasbourg and the UK.

The speakers are Pamela McCormick of European Court of Human Rights, along with a panel of practitioners.


The afternoon session will be on Brexit and its effects and the speaker is James Mure QC, Faculty of Advocates.

The second afternoon session is on Government and the search for solutions: the Irish Language as case study.

The speakers will be Mr Justice Richard Humphreys and the Attorney General.

Dinner that evening will be at the Titanic Hotel Belfast from 6.30pm.

On Friday 9 August, session 5 (10am–12.30pm) will examine nationalities, and traditions in constitutional context with speakers Professor Ferenc Hörcher, National University of Public Service, Hungary and Juris Rudevskis of the European Court of Human Rights.

EU law

The afternoon session will look at domesticating EU law: legislative quality and the Brexit challenges.

Speakers include Léonie McLaughlin of the Office of the Legislative Counsel.

In the final session, the Attorney General will speak about: “Dealing justly with the past in Northern Ireland: a constitutional imperative?”.

Conference accommodation is at the Clayton Hotel, 22 Ormeau Avenue, Belfast BT2 8HS.

There is limited availability of a discounted rate of £130 per night bed and breakfast on quoting Attorney General to reservations.

Rooms are also available at Queen’s University: Single en-suite room - £45 per night B&B


Conference dinner





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