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QMUL inaugural lectures in June

Tuesday 31 May 2016

EU Criminal Law After Lisbon: Rights, Trust and the Transformation of Justice in Europe

The inaugural lecture of Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas

Thursday 9 June, 6.30pm
ArtsTwo Lecture Theatre, Mile End campus

Lecture Synopsis:

The entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty has introduced seismic constitutional changes in the field of EU criminal law. By focusing on key areas of criminal law and procedure, the lecture will assesses the extent to which the Lisbon Treaty has transformed European criminal justice and evaluate the impact of post-Lisbon legislation on national criminal justice systems. The lecture will address the new powers of the Union to harmonise substantive criminal law and the influence of European Union law on national substantive criminal law; the Europeanisation of prosecution from horizontal co-operation between national criminal justice to forms of vertical integration in the field of prosecution as embodied in the evolution of Eurojust and the establishment of a European Public Prosecutor's Office; the operation of the principle of mutual recognition (by focusing in particular on the European Arrest Warrant System) and its impact on the relationship between mutual trust and fundamental rights; and the relationship between mutual recognition and harmonisation of criminal procedure, in particular via the adoption of EU law on defence rights. Informed by the challenges of a potential Brexit, the lecture will address the impact of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights on the constitutionalisation of EU criminal law after Lisbon and highlight the possibilities that the Lisbon Treaty opens for the development of a new paradigm of European criminal justice, which places the individual (and not the state), and the protection of fundamental rights (and not security) at its core.
The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception and a book launch.

Invited discussants: Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston QC, Court of Justice of the European Union, Professor Marise Cremona, Professor of European Law and formerly President ad interim, European University Institute and Professor Jörg Monar, Rector, College of Europe.

RSVP: https://professorvalsamismitsilegas.eventbrite.co.uk


From América Latina to Latin London: negotiating (in)visible geographies of international migration

The inaugural lecture of Professor Cathy McIlwaine

Tuesday 21 June, 6.30pm
ArtsTwo Lecture Theatre, Mile End campus

Lecture Synopsis:

Despite a long history of relations between Latin America and London through trade, diplomacy and exile, only recently have these been extensively established, primarily through flows of people. This lecture examines the nature of these geographies through exploring the processes of (in)visibilisation and the power relations that underpin them. Through interrogating the ambivalent nature of (in)visibility, the lecture highlights the importance of theorising from the global South, in foregrounding the experiences of invisible migrants, especially women, and in recognising how invisibility can reinforce exclusion, but also its utility in negotiating exit from Latin America as well as entry to and settlement in Latin London. It argues for the recognition of Latin Americans in London and the UK who have been largely invisible in public consciousness and policy, yet who contribute enormously to the functioning of the city and the nation more widely.

Meet Our Professor:

Cathy McIlwaine is Professor of Geography in the School of Geography where she has worked since 1995, and been a professor since 2012. With a background in development geography, mainly in Latin America, she has actively sought to work across geographical and disciplinary boundaries through her research on transnational migration in London. Her research has consistently focused on issues of gender, poverty, civil society, as well as everyday and gender-based violence. She has always worked at the interface of policy and academic work and has research partnerships with the Latin American Women’s Rights Service and CASA Latin American Theatre Festival and is a trustee of Children Change Colombia and Latin Elephant.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

Tickets are free of charge but you must RSVP to attend: http://fromamericalatinatolondon.eventbrite.co.uk

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