Bridging political, legal and historical perspectives on contemporary Europe

 

An Event co-organized by Edinburgh University Political History Research Group and the Europa Research Group

31 October 2017 – 13:00-18:00 – Chrystal Macmillan Building

 

 

The Europa Research Group and the Political History Research Group have the pleasure to welcome Dr. Marco Duranti from Sydney University to talk about his book The Conservative Human Rights Revolution: European Identity, Transnational Politics, and the Origins of the European Convention (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017).  His work speaks to the interests of a number of different research areas including International and European Law, British and European Politics and Political History amongst others. Building on Dr. Duranti’s presentation, the event aims to gather representatives from different academic disciplines, early stage researchers and confirmed scholars, for a half day interdisciplinary discussion.


Draft Programme – 13:00-18:00 


13:00: Welcome and light lunch

13:30-15:00: PhD and postdoctoral researchers discuss the methodological and research challenges when using historical approaches in social sciences and law

The discussion explores the value and the challenges of understanding the contemporary world using historical data and historical research methods. All speakers have in common the use of historical data and/or methods, but they are all inscribed in different academic disciplines.

15:00-15:20: Coffee break


15:20-16:20: Presentation by Dr. Marco Duranti, University of Sydney – Discussant Dr. Asanga Welikala, University of Edinburgh

Presentation and discussion based on Marco Duranti’s book The Conservative Human Rights Revolution: European Identity, Transnational Politics, and the Origins of the European Convention (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017). The book explores the foundations – cultural, intellectual, and political – of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) across the first half of the 20th century. It investigates the involvement of British and French conservatives in the ethical dimensions of the European project. The discussion will bring a political science and legal perspective on the presentation.

16:20-16:30: Short break


16:30-17:30: Interdisciplinary panel discussion

The panel gathers academics from different disciplines to have a broader discussion linked to the current debates on the UK’s membership of the European Court of Human Rights. The panel would tease out the legal and political implications of this contemporary political and legal debate whilst attempting to situate this debate in a historical perspective.

Chair: Saskia Smellie, PhD candidate in Politics and IR, University of Edinburgh

  • Dr. Marco Duranti, Lecturer in Modern European and International History at the University of Sydney, currently visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge
  •  Dr. Tobias Lock, Senior Lecturer at Edinburgh Law School and Co-director of the Europa Institute from the Law School and specialist of the ECHR
  • Dr. Pontus Odmalm, Senior Lecturer in Politics, School of Social and Political Science, Edinburgh University

17:30: Drinks reception


The event is free and non-ticketed. Register by clicking on the link: Bridging political, legal and historical perspectives on contemporary Europe

Contact address | europaresearchgroup@ed.ac.uk 


The event is supported by The Political History Research Group, The School of Social and Political Science and the Europa Institute.