Day One: Monday 19 April 2021

08:45 – 09:00
Conference Welcome

EPLC convenors and Professor Martin Hogg (Head of Edinburgh Law School)

09:00 – 10:40
International Law and Human Rights Panel

Discussant: Dr Raphaële Xenidis; Chair: Mirjana Gavrilović Nilsson


1) Eleonora Celoria, University of Turin, “In search for the effectiveness of the right to liberty: the gaps between law and practice in the Italian administrative detention system”

2) Thomas Mulder, University of New South Wales, “The Promise of the Principle of Solidarity in International Law”

3) Michiel Poesen, KU Leuven, “EU Private International Law’s Ambivalence towards Making the World a Better Place”

4) Nadia Silhi-Chahin, University of Edinburgh, “Restrictions to the right to freedom of expression of pro-Palestinian activists in Western Europe: the response of the European Court of Human Rights”

10:40 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:15
Intellectual Property, AI and the Law Panel

Discussant: Dr Amandine Léonard; Chair: Hashim Mude


1) Opeyemi Kolawole, University College Dublin, “Reimagining the approach to Technology Transfer as a sustainable development tool in Least Developed Countries”

2) Nasir Muftic, University of Sarajevo, “Regulation of AI liability – between moral hazard and the impairment of progress”

3) Fergus Whyte, Arnot Manderson Stable, “Automatic fixation of copyright and its consequences”

12:15 – 13:10 Lunch Break
13:10 – 14.15
Day One Poster Session

Chair: Hashim Mude


1) Sonia Cruz Dávila, King’s College London, “Separation of Powers and its Political Relevance for the Rule of Law”

2) Chiara De Robertis, University of Turin, “How Italian Courts use the prescrizione del reato to manage workload: the gap between law and reality”

3) Başak Ekinci, Istanbul Bilgi University, “A So-Called Problem Solver: Does Criminalisation of Sex Work Protect or Violate Human Rights?”

4) Nicholas Goldrosen, University of Cambridge, “Null Effects of Progressive Drug Prosecution Policies on Drug Arrests”

5) Erin Hartman and Charlotte Geer, University of York, “In a World Plagued by Sexual Violence, How Does the Law Protect and Bring Justice to Survivors in Reality?”

6) Piotr Króliński, University of Warsaw, “‘Grave risk of ambiguity’ or how have children opened our eyes to the challenges of modern-day family law reality”

7) James Rischbieth, KU Leuven, “Just Responses for Atrocity Victims: their needs need attention”

8) Deborah Russo, University of Edinburgh, “Solitary Confinement – the Limits of the Law”

14:20 – 15:10
Medical Law Panel

Discussant: Professor Anne-Maree Farrell; Chair: Zahra Jaffer


1) Emily Ottley, King’s College London, “De Facto Abortion on Demand: An Argument for Legal Reform?”

2) Ruby Reed-Berendt, University of Edinburgh, “Reconceptualising the governing principles of mental health law through a feminist approach”

15:10 – 15.30 Break
15:30 – 17:10
Criminology and Criminal Law Panel

Discussant: Dr Andy Aydın-Aitchison; Chair: Mirjana Gavrilović Nilsson


1) Clara Dybbroe Viltoft, University of Cape Town, “Deconstructing Gangsterism in South African Legislation and Policy: Reframing Anti-Gang Strategies by Utilising At-Risk Definitions”

2) Patryk Gacka, University of Warsaw, “Providing reparative justice to victims of international crimes? Ideals and reality”

3) Afrin Khan, NMIMS University, “A study on the viability of Restorative Justice in Child Sexual Abuse cases in India”

4) Daniel Lifuka Sichinga, University of Cape Town, “Friends or Foe: Realities of the Police using the law to safeguard the interests of LGBT+ victims of hate crimes”

17:10 – 18:00 Break
18:00 – 19:30
Keynote Panel

1) Professor Richard Sparks (Professor of Criminology)

2) Professor Sharon Cowan (Professor of Feminist and Queer Legal Studies)

3) Lady Wolffe (Judge of the Court of Session)


Day Two: Tuesday 20 April 2021


8:50 – 9:00 Day Two Welcome
9:00 – 10:40
Private Law Panel

Discussant: Dr Daniel J Carr; Chair: Shona Warwick


1) Reef Alfahad, King’s College London, Damages for Breaching Forum Selection Clauses” 

2) Alexandra Allen-Franks, University of Cambridge, “Do judges in England and Wales have the power to exclude relevant evidence in civil proceedings?”

3) Ariyo Ayodeji, University of Wolverhampton, “Enlightened shareholder approach v stakeholder approach: exploring the law and facing the reality”

4) Petr Tomášek, Charles University, “Co-determination – employee involvement or wishful thinking?”

10:40 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 11:50
Environmental Law Panel

Discussant: Professor James Harrison; Chair: Alice Krzanich


1) Alice Bleby, University of New South Wales Sydney, “The new reality of the Anthropocene: new expectations for (environmental) law?”

2) Julie Elizabeth Boyd, Liverpool John Moore’s University, “Ecocide: The New Reality That Law Needs To Meet”

11:50 – 12.45 Lunch Break
12:45 – 13:55
Day Two Poster Session

Chair: Zahra Jaffer


1) Annemarie Balvert, Tilberg University, “Big Data and the audience of all: when less is more in governmental data communication”

2) Lucia della Ventura, Trinity College Dublin, “Can Law Save The Artificial Intelligence Against Human Biases?”

3) Ma. Golda Gigi G. Miñoza, Kyushu University, “Good Aim, Bad Design: The Ease of (Un)Doing Business Law”

4) Lilit Nagapetyan, Queen Mary University of London, “Consequences of illegality in international arbitration: are we substituting a new mess for the old one?”

5) Rebecca Owens, University of Liverpool, “Patents and Scientific Progress: A CRISPR Case Study”

6) Alec Thompson, University of Cambridge, and Ryan Gibb, University of St Andrews, “Legal Perfection and the Case for Manual Data Entry”

7) Davide Luigi Totaro, University of Milan, “Insurance Promise vs Insurance Expectation: addressing the issue of the “Expectation Gap” in the Insurance Contract”

8) Evelyn Wang, Newcastle Law School, “Lost in Implementation: The Gap between Rhetoric and Reality in the Constitutional Right to a Healthy Environment”

9) Chenghuai Xu, University of Edinburgh, “When law meets reality: Does the old rule of financial regulation hinder the rapid development of Internet financial technology?”

14:00 – 15:40
Public Law Panel

Discussant: Dr Cormac Mac Amhlaigh; Chair: Alice Krzanich


1) Kathryn Allison, University of Bristol, “‘Responsibility’ jurisdiction and human rights – the clash of expectations and reality?”

2) Anri Heyns, Rede Consultants/University of Cape Town, “Law’s reality: The obstacles for and potential of the law to bring about social change in poor mining communities in South Africa”

3) Brajesh Ranjan, McGill University, “Delays in Access to Justice in North America – Are civil justice reforms sabotaging their own agenda?”

4) Mirosław Sadowski, McGill University, “Law and Illiberalism in Central Europe. Evolution or Abuse of the System?”

15:40 – 16:00 Break
16:00 – 17:00
Speed Networking
17:00 – 17:15 Break
17:15 – 18.30
EU Law Panel

Discussant: Dr Katerina Kalaitzaki; Chair: Shona Warwick


1) Magdalena Brewczyńska, Tilburg University, “The lack of legal certainty in the application of data protection legal framework”

2) Joris Gruyters, KU Leuven, “State aid rules for social services: A difficult journey towards compliance”

3) Christos Papachristopoulos, University of Birmingham, “Expectation vs Reality: Detention conditions across EU Member States”

18:30 – 19:30
Virtual Reception