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Solicitors and barristers have submitted as Stakeholders to the UK’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in the UN. The UPR documentation can provide an interpretive tool for legal advice, arguments presented in court, and adjudication in cases.
There is significant potential for the UPR to inform both statutory interpretation and the determination of the common law. This includes when individual treaty commitments are considered, during the wider evaluation of principles of customary international law, and in the identification of peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens).
Therefore, the UPR can be used to provide an important source for understanding the rule of law in our country.
Join us for a discussion on how members of the legal professions can be Stakeholders to the Universal Periodic Review, apply this UN mechanism to the rule of law in England and Wales, and utilise the Human Rights Council’s corpus of documentation as interpretive principles of international law norms.
Mr Chris Henley KC, Head of Chambers, Mountford Chambers
Ms Joanne Cecil, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers
Ms Jyoti Wood, Barrister, 4 King’s Bench Walk
Professor Jon Yorke, The UPR Project at Birmingham City University
An event of the project, ‘Universal Periodic Review 2022 – UK Civil Society Engagement’ funded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission
Project website: https://www.bcu.ac.uk/law/research/centre-for-human-rights/consultancy/upr-project-at-bcu/universal-periodic-review-2022-uk-civil-society-engagement
Date: Wednesday 22nd February 2023
Location: Mountford Chambers, 13 Ely Place, London, EC1N 6RY
Time: 6pm – 8pm
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