Professor Lech Garlicki, former Polish judge of the European Court of Human Rights from 2002 to 2012, returns to visit the HKU Faculty of Law this semester. He will be teaching a course on "Selected Problems of the European Convention on Human Rights", Tuesdays evenings from 27 January to 28 April 2015. The course offers an introduction to the international human rights law as developed in Europe under the 1950 European Convention on Human Rights and under the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights. He will focus on the following areas: the right to life, prohibition of ill-treatment (including modern interpretations of the prohibition of slavery and forced labour), right to personal autonomy (including rights to personal identity) and right to democracy. Professor Garlicki recently posted on the I-CONnect blog his recommendations for New Year Readings. He identified the following three books and discussed their importance: F Fabbrini, Fundamental Rights in Europe: Challenges and Transformations in Comparative Perspective (OUP 2014); S Gardbaum, The New Commonwealth Model of Constitutionalism: Theory and Practice (CUP 2013); B Ackerman, The Civil Rights Revolution (Harvard UP 2014).
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