The two meetings of the "Road to Reykjavik" webinar series in anticipation of the Council of Europe’s 4th Summit of Heads of State and Government in Reykjavik so far have focused on the momentous role of the European Court of Human Rights and its potential role in trying to judge Russian crimes in Ukraine. During the third meeting on 9 May from 13:00 – 14:40 (Riga time), we will reflect on the possibilities of deepening cooperation, as well as building a coherent message within the Council of Europe institutions.
As well as attempting to further discuss the challenges that have emerged with the fundamental change in the global political situation and the crisis of the previous security policy, the third webinar is also a follow-up to the issues identified during the two previous meetings. It was during these that voices and questions emerged regarding the deepening of cooperation between specific Council of Europe bodies and institutions.
During the upcoming meeting, we will be looking for possible legal solutions that can be applied to these demands.
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Keynote speaker: Prof. Konstantsin Dzehtsiarou, University of Liverpool
Prof. Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou is Professor in Human Rights Law and Associate Dean for Research of the School of Law and Social Justice. He joined University of Liverpool in 2015, having previously worked at the University of Surrey (UK), University College Dublin (Ireland) and Gomel State University (Belarus). Kanstantsin is an author of three books and over a hundred of academic articles, review pieces and comments. He published in leading peer-reviewed journals such as Legal Studies, Human Rights Law Review, International and Comparative Law Review and many others. He cooperates with international inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations as an expert in international and European human rights law. His research interests spread between interpretation of the European Convention of Human Rights, reform of the European Court of Human Rights, administration of international justice, comparative and constitutional law. Kanstantsin is a co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of the European Convention on Human Rights Law Review. Kanstantsin is director of the International Law and Human Rights Unit.
Dr Aleksandra Gliszczyńska-Grabias, Institute of Legal Studies of the Polish Academy of Science (INP PAN)
She is an assistant professor at the Institute of Legal Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences. She is expert in the area of anti-discrimination law, freedom of speech and memory rights. Co-editor and co-author of the books Constitutionalism under Stress (OUP, 2020) and Law and Memory: Towards Legal Governance of History (CUP, 2017). She has held fellowships at Cambridge University, Yale University and the European University Institute. She co-directs the international research projects 'Memory Laws in European and Comparative Perspective' (2016-2019) and 'The Challenge of Populist Memory Politics for Europe: Towards Effective Responses to Militant Legislation on the Past' (2021 - 2024).
Dr Nikos Vogiatzis, University of Essex
Nikos Vogiatzis joined Essex Law School in September 2019 as Senior Lecturer. He was previously a Lecturer in Law at the University of Liverpool. He holds a PhD in Law from the University of Hull, an LLM in EU Law from Université libre de Bruxelles and an LLB from the University of Athens. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is currently a Senior Humboldt Fellow at the Academy for European Human Rights Protection, University of Cologne, having seconded his post for the duration of the fellowship. He is working on a research project on the Administrative Tribunal of the Council of Europe, for which he has a book contract with CUP.
Road to Reykjavik: webinar series
The 4th Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe is scheduled for May 16-17, 2023, in Reykjavik, Iceland, marking the first such meeting in 18 years. It will provide a unique opportunity to discuss urgent issues such as the Russian aggression on Ukraine, the crisis of multilateralism, democratic backsliding, and emerging social problems. Although there are easy solutions to these challenges, dialogue is essential to mitigate their consequences.
The joint webinars hosted by the Riga Graduate School of Law, SWPS University, and the University of Cologne aim to foster international cooperation and address the most vital issues concerning the crisis of human rights protection in Europe.