Landmark symposium on cards as UCL delegation heads to Beijing

23 Oct, 2012

A one day symposium, co-organised by UCL Laws, Hong Kong University Law School and Renmin University Law School Beijing, will see scholars, practitioners, judges and policy makers meet to explore issues surrounding comparative criminal law, national security, fair trials and the rule of law.

The event, to be held on 25 October, will enable leading global voices to exchange views, best practice and debate on a variety of topics pertaining to comparative criminal law and the rule of law, representing an exciting and unusual opportunity for all those in attendance.

The UCL Laws delegation will consist of Dean of Laws Dame Hazel Genn DBE QC (pictured), Senior Lecturer Dr Jeff King, and Reader in Law Mr Colm O’Cinneide, all of whom will be accompanied by The Rt Hon Lord Justice Goldring, Senior Presiding Judge of England and Wales.

In addition, the event will be attended by UCL alumnus and long-term Laws supporter Winston Chu and his family, whose generous sponsorship of the symposium has gone a long way towards making the event possible.

Discussing the import and possible impact of the symposium, Dame Hazel said: “ This symposium represents a monumental opportunity for both cross-cultural and cross-discipline exchange, focusing on some of the most pivotal questions facing not only the judiciary but society as a whole. In a world increasingly predicated on all things international, events such as this stand as an example of fruitful, dynamic and forward-thinking practice. There is little doubt in my mind that the impact of this event will still be discernable long after the final paper has been given.”

The symposium will include a mock Judicial Review Hearing, drafted and performed by Dr King and Mr O’Cinneide and presided over by Lord Justice Goldring, in which the central issues will be the extent to which law can control the state’s treatment of suspected terrorists.

Speaking about the purpose of the mock hearing, Mr. O’Cinneide, who is also vice-president of the European Committee on Social Rights, said: “ This hearing presents an opportunity to see how the British and other European legal systems deal with the very cutting-edge of national security law, with respect both to the detention of persons on the basis of secret evidence and the deportation of persons suspected of terrorist activity.”

Four academic papers focusing on aspect of the criminal justice system in the UK, China and Hong Kong will also be delivered in what promises to be an outstanding day of international exchange and debate.

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