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18 November 2013

Franco – British Lawyers Society Limited - Silver Jubilee Year 2013

Organised by the Franco-British Lawyers' Society, together with the Bar Council of Northern Ireland, Law Society of Northern Ireland, Queen’s University, Belfast and the Embassy of France in London

Friday 22nd November 2013, 9.15 am,

Inn of Court of Northern Ireland, BELFAST

Gala Dinner, The Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings Stormont, at 7.30 pm


The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union entered into force, in tandem with the Lisbon Treaty, on 1st November 2009.  It is one of the three dominant instruments of constitutional governance of the EU.  It can be traced to the instrument which was responsible for the ECHR, namely the Statute of the Council of Europe (1949).  The Charter forges an important nexus between the EU and ECHR regimes.  It is a directly effective measure of EU law.   Its prowess and potential are unmistakable.  Notwithstanding, it has been largely dormant in this jurisdiction since its introduction some four years ago.  Given this consideration, the Charter was selected as the theme for this year’s biannual Franco-British Lawyers Society Seminar (“Colloque”) in Northern Ireland.  The event will be marked by addresses given by notable speakers from various jurisdictions.  It should be of intense interest to Northern Ireland practitioners, students, judges and academics.  The event also has a significant cultural dimension. Finally, the Gala Dinner in the Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings, Stormont has consistently proved a highly convivial and enjoyable evening.  The organisers look forward to a large attendance, which will enhance the welcome (acceuil) to our many guests and visitors from other EU jurisdictions.

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