03 March 2017

Can comparative law heal Europe’s wounds?

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The conference could help Europeans work together in the wake of Brexit

Experts in comparative law will discuss how their research can address the challenges faced by a splintering Europe in the wake of the UK’s decision to leave the EU at a University of Essex conference this month.

The event will provide a forum for discussing the contribution comparative law can make to the current political and legal, constitutional, administrative and regulatory debates facing countries across the continent.

Experts from across Europe will be speaking at the conference which is being held at the British Academy in London on 24 March.

Dr Yseult Marique of Essex’s School of Law has organised the event. She said: “Comparative law is the study of different legal systems. It offers, in a time when European nations are increasingly tempted to look inward, the tools and frameworks for those countries to learn from each other, reflect and adapt their own solutions to the challenges they face.

“However, there are questions about how we actually make this happen and this conference offers a very exciting opportunity for us to discuss things like how we engage public bodies, lawyers, civil servants and judges, how we make our research relevant, and how we build trust with those outside universities to build a stronger Europe in which all Europeans, including those in the UK, understand the benefits of living and working together.”

Speakers include experts from the French Conseil d’Etat, the Policy Department at the European Parliament and academics from the universities of Cambridge, Hull, Luxembourg, Turin, Bristol and Oxford.

See full programme details and information about how to register. Attendance is free but reservations are recommended. The deadline for registration is 10 March.

The conference has been funded by a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award.

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