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Upcoming Events

Lincoln's Inn European Visit 

The Inn is now accepting applications for our annual European Visits which will take place in: 

Luxembourg (13-15 June) - Application Form 

Strasbourg (11-13 July) - Application Form 

The Hague (10-12 July) - Application Form 

The cost of each trip is £50 for Lincoln's Inn members, which covers flights and accommodation only. You will need to provide your own travel insurance. If you need a visa to enter you should investigate your visa requirements as this can affect your eligibility to attend. Please note, you may apply for more than one trip if you wish.

If you are interested in the above visits, please complete application form below and return it to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by 10am on Friday 5 May

Applications are assessed by members of our Euro group and successful applicants will be notified once all applications have been reviewed.

 

Past Events

 

Sir Thomas More Lecture and Dinner 2016

Brexit and the Balance of our Constitution’

Professor John Finnis FBA, Emeritus Professor of Law and Legal Philosophy at Oxford University

Thursday 1st December 2016
Lincoln's Inn, Old Hall
6.00pm

The text from the lecture can be found here.

 

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Fiscal Implication of Brexit: What does it mean for UK Taxes, VAT and Duties?

Thursday 17th November 2016
33 Chancery Lane
6.30pm - 7.30pm

Roderick Cordara QC, Essex Court Chambers

James Rivett, Pump Court Tax Chambers

Chaired by: David Scorey QC, Essex Court Chambers

 

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Human Rights Law Update

Lincoln’s Inn welcomed Judge Egbert Myjer (former Judge of the European Court of Human Rights and Honorary Bencher of this Inn) back who again held a series of lectures. He was joined by Tim Eicke QC of Essex Court Chambers (a bencher of this Inn and editor of the European Human Rights Reports), Parosha Chandran of 1 Pump Court Chambers (award-winning human rights barrister and general editor of ‘The Human Trafficking Handbook: recognising trafficking and modern-day slavery in the UK') and Andrew Legg, of Essex Court Chambers (author of OUP’s "The Margin of Appreciation in International Human Rights Law: Deference and Proportionality” 2012).

Lecture 1, Tuesday 31 May: Recent Developments - an overview
Judge Myjer was joined by Tim Eicke QC, Essex Court Chambers

Lecture 2, Wednesday 1 June: Key Cases; Articles 3 and 4
Judge Myjer was joined by Parosha Chandran, 1 Pump Court Chambers

Lecture 3, Thursday 2 June: An update on qualified rights, particularly Articles 8 and 10 ECHR
Judge Myjer was joined by Andrew Legg, Essex Court Chambers

 

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European & International Career and Scholarship Opportunities, 15 March 2016

The Inn's European Law Group held an event for students and those recently called to the Bar on European & International career and scholarship opportunities.  


This event included presentations on the Inn’s own European trips and scholarships and from those with experience of working in the European institutions and organisations.

The talks were followed by a reception, where attendees had the chance to talk informally with members of the European Law Group, European/International scholars and other members of the Bench and Bar.

 

Competition Law Lecture Series, 17 - 19 November 2015

The Lincoln’s Inn Euro Group will be holding a series of lectures on Competition Law in November.

Lecture 1, Tuesday 17 November: Cartels and follow-on damages actions - the view from Brussels

Speaker: Kevin Coates, DG Competition, European Commission

Lecture 2, 18 November:  Recent developments in competition law at the UK level
Speakers: James Flynn QC, Brick Court Chambers, and Robert O’Donoghue, Brick Court Chambers

The focus of the lecture will be on the Consumer Rights Act changes and recent case law. 

Lecture 3, 19 November:  Financial services: Is competition and regulation working?
Speaker: Suzanne Rab, Serle Court

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Sir Thomas More Lecture and Dinner, 12 October 2015

The lecture was given by Dean Spielmann, President of the European Court of Human Rights on 'Whither Judicial Dialogue?'.

The text from the lecture can be found here 

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Human Rights Law Update, 15 - 17 June 2015

The Old Hall, Lincoln's Inn

The lecture series was given by Judge Egbert Myjer (former Judge of the European Court of Human Rights and Honorary Bencher of the Inn).  He was joined for the first lecture by Tim Eicke Q.C. of Essex Court Chambers (a Bencher of the Inn and editor of the European Human Rights Reports) and on the second and third lectures by Parosha Chandran of 1 Pump Court Chambers (award-winning human rights barrister and general editor of 'The Human Trafficking Handbook: recognising trafficking and modern-day slavery in the UK'). 

The aim of the series is to provide informative and thought-provoking lectures on recent jurisprudence in the field of human rights emanating from both the European Court of Human Rights, the UK Courts and, where relevant, the Court of Justice of the EU and to consider comparative approaches taken in the development of human rights principles. 

Monday 15 June Lecture 1: Recent Developments - an overview
Tuesday 16 June Lecture 2: Key Cases - Articles 3 and 4
Wednesday 17 June Lecture 3: Key Cases - Articles 8 and 10 


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European Career and Scholarship Opportunities - Tuesday 10 March 2015

The Old Hall, Lincoln's Inn

The Lincoln's Inn Euro Group are holding an event for students and those recently called to the Bar on 'European Career and Scholarship Opportunities'. This event will include talks from former scholars, those with experience of working in the European institutions and those in private practice abroad.

Talks: 5:45pm 

Reception: 7pm

Dress: Lounge suits

The talks will be followed by a reception and a chance to talk informally with members of the Euro Group, European scholars and other members of the Bench and bar. 

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 Competition Law Lecture Series, 24 – 26 November 2014

The Lincoln’s Inn Euro Group will be holding a series of lectures on Competition Law in November. Thomas Sharpe QC of One Essex Court and James Flynn QC and Robert O’Donoghue, both of Brick Court Chambers, will be joined on the first night by Kevin Coates, Head of Unit of Cartels at DG Competition, European Commission.

Monday 24 November - Lecture 1: Cartels and follow-on damages actions - the view from Brussels

Speaker: Kevin Coates, DG Competition, European Commission
Chair: Thomas Sharpe QC, One Essex Court

 

 

Kevin Coates's hand-out from the lecture is available here. His prepared remarks from the lecture are also available here

Tuesday 25 November - Lecture 2: Recent developments in private actions in the UK courts

Speakers: Thomas Sharpe QC, One Essex Court & Robert O'Donoghue, Brick Court Chambers
Chair: James Flynn QC, Brick Court Chambers

 

 

Wednesday 26 November - Lecture 3: Recent developments in the IP/competition law interface

Speakers: Mathew Heim, Senior Director & Counsel of Government Affairs at Europe Qualcomm Inc. &
  James Flynn QC, Brick Court Chambers

 

 

All lectures are free of charge and open to all members of all Inns. The lectures will take place in the Old Court Room from 5.30-7 pm. Each lecture will be accredited for 1.5 CPD hours (subject to Bar Standards Board approval). Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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Sir Thomas More Lecture & Dinner, 12 November 2014

The lecture was given by The Right Honourable Lord Reed, Justice of the Supreme Court, on “EU Law and the Supreme Court”.

The text from the lecture can be found here.

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Human Rights Law Update - 8–10 April 2014

This series of lectures was delivered by Judge Egbert Myjer (former Judge of the European Court of Human Rights and honorary bencher of this Inn). He was joined on the second and third lectures by Parosha Chandran, an award-winning human rights barrister who practises from 1 Pump Court Chambers and is the general editor of ‘The Human Trafficking Handbook: recognising trafficking and modern-day slavery in the UK' (LexisNexis, 2011).

Tuesday 8 April - Lecture 1: Recent Developments

(1)   The European Court of Human Rights in 2013, developments and key cases

Wednesday 9 April - Lecture 2: Key Cases – Articles 3 and 4

(1) Modern Slavery and Trafficking Update and Key UK cases on Arts 3 & 4 ECHR
(2) Key Strasbourg cases on Arts 3 and 4

Thursday 10 April - Lecture 3: Key Cases - Articles 8 and 10

(1) Key Strasbourg cases on Arts 8 and 10
(2) Key UK cases on Arts 8 and 10

Each lecture was accredited for 1.5 CPD hours. 

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The Sir Thomas More Lecture & Dinner, Thursday 31 October 2013

The lecture was given by Professor Dr. Andreas Voβkuhle, President of the German Federal Constitutional Court, on "European Integration and the Bundesverfassungsgericht".

The text from the lecture can be found here.

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European Law Lecture, Monday 15 July 2013


"Taking VAT cases to the ECJ: with particular reference to the curious goings-on in the Nectar Card case"

By David Milne QC (Pump Court Tax Chambers)

The lecture was accredited for 1.5 CPD hours.

 

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Human Rights Law Update – 17-19 June 2013

Judge Myjer (former Judge in the European Court of Human Rights and Honorary Bencher of this Inn) gave a series of lectures in June. He was joined by Parosha Chandran, an award-winning human rights barrister who practises from 1 Pump Court Chambers and is the general editor of ‘The Human Trafficking Handbook: recognising trafficking and modern-day slavery in the UK' (LexisNexis, 2011).

The aim of the series is to provide informative and thought-provoking lectures on recent jurisprudence in the field of human rights emanating from both the European Court of Human Rights and the UK Courts and to consider comparative approaches taken in the development of human rights principles. The programme will be as follows:

Lecture 1: Recent Developments

(1) Recent developments in Strasbourg: the Brighton Conference, the Single Judge procedure, Statistics, Subsidiarity, EU accession to the ECHR.

(2) Human Trafficking Update: recent developments in the law relating to trafficking in human beings


Lecture 2: Key Cases

(1) Key case law of the European Court of Human Rights in 2012

(2) Key human rights cases in the UK in 2012

 
Lecture 3: Articles 3 and 8 ECHR: Prohibition on torture and Protection of Private Life                     

(1) Selected cases of the European Court of Human Rights in 2012

(2) Selected cases of the UK Courts and Tribunals in 2012
 

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European Law Lecture Series 2012

Lincoln’s Inn Euro Group presented the following series of lectures in October as part of the Lincoln’s Inn European programme for 2012.  

Monday 22 October
"The Treaty provisions on EU citizenship and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: in search of a consistent approach" by Dr José A. Gutiérrez-Fons, law clerk in the cabinet of Judge Lenaerts (European Court of Justice, Luxembourg)

Tuesday 23 October
"Jurisdiction, applicable law, and standards of pleading in follow on cartel cases in the English courts" by Thomas Sharpe QC and Robert O'Donoghue - Unfortunately this lecture had to be cancelled.

Wednesday 24 October
"European Law and the English domestic family jurisdiction" by Henry Setright QC and Michael Gration 

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European Law Seminar, 21 November 2012

Lincoln’s Inn Euro Group and the Competition Law Association hosted an evening seminar on the new European Patent Litigation system.  It was held on Wednesday 21 November at 5 pm in the Old Court Room.  What was looked at was the new system and how it will affect multi-jurisdictional applications and the impact it will have on advocacy.  

The Seminar was moderated by Mr Justice Arnold and contributions from Kerstin JornaDirector for Industrial Property at the European CommissionChristopher Stothers of Arnold & PorterSabine Agé from Veron Paris and others.

The Seminar was credited 2 CPD hours and was followed by a drinks reception.

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Sir Thomas More Lecture, 29 October 2012

This year the annual Sir Thomas More Lecture, entitled "The Principle of Democracy in the Case-Law of the European Court of Justice", was given by Judge Koen Lenaerts, President of the Third Chamber of the Court of Justice of the European Union.  The lecture was held on Monday 29 October at 6pm in the Old Hall, Lincoln's Inn.

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Human Rights Law Update, 30 April-2 May

Dr Hans Christian Kruger (former Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, past Secretary of the European Commission of Human Rights and Bencher of this Inn) and Parosha Chandran,an award-winning human rights barrister who practises from 1 Pump Court Chambers and is the general editor of ‘The Human Trafficking Handbook: recognising trafficking and modern-day slavery in the UK' (LexisNexis, 2011) gave a series of lectures in April and May.  

The informative and thought-provoking lectures focused on recent jurisprudence in the field of human rights emanating from both the UK and the European Court of Human Rights. Comparative approaches were consdered specifically on the prohibition on torture, inhuman or degrading treatment and punishment, on the protection of fair trial guarantees, on private and family life and the right to freedom of expression, as well as on the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.

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European Law Lecture Series, 30 January, 6 February and 13 February

Tim Eicke QC, EU law and human rights barrister at Essex Court Chambers, curated this series of lectures in January and February as part of the Lincoln’s Inn European programme for 2012. Over the course of the three lectures he was joined by experienced and eminent practitioners in their respective areas of law.  The aim of the series was to highlight the impact of EU law on all areas of domestic practice and to provide an update on recent developments in EU law relevant to the domestic practitioner including the changes brought about by the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.  The programme was as follows:

Monday 30 January
"EU Law and Tax - recent developments"
By David Scorey, of Essex Court Chambers, and James Rivett, of Pump Court Tax Chambers

Monday 6 February
"
The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights – its practical impact"
By Tim Eicke QC, of Essex Court Chambers, and Antoine Buchet, Deputy Head of Unit, DG Justice of the European Commission

Monday 13 February
"Fundamental Principles of EU Environmental Law"
By Robert McCracken QC and Ned Westaway, both of Francis Taylor Building

 

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2011

European Lecture, 22 November

A lecture was given by Dr John Temple Lang, on “The duties of national courts to cooperate with European institutions (and vice versa)”.

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Annual Sir Thomas More Lecture, 9 November

Lord Walker delivered the Inn’s Annual Sir Thomas More Lecture to an audience gathered in the Great Hall on 9 November 2011 on “The Indefinite Article 8”.

Lord Walker began his lecture by reflecting on the huge changes in the past 60 years since the European Convention on Human Rights was ratified by the UK. These include developments around the rights for minorities, transsexuals, protection from discrimination, reducing censorship in the theatre, the abolition of capital punishment and the legalisation of suicide and abortion.

In order to track the extraordinary growth of Article 8, Lord Walker asked his audience to consider four strands of Article 8 – personal autonomy, personal privacy, the autonomy of the family and the autonomy of the home.

In terms of personal autonomy, Lord Walker pointed to the developing rights to make decisions about your own body and sexuality, on abortion and assisted suicide. Even though there was a fairly wide margin of appreciation accorded to member states due to religious and social differences, the Strasbourg Court has ruled in favour of the positive requirement to take reasonable steps to promote and protect Article 8 rights, even though there may be a difference of opinion on what is a positive or negative requirement. In UK terms, Lord Walker point to the Pretty case on assisted suicide as a good example of a dialogue between the Strasbourg Court and the House of Lords.

Cases on personal privacy covered search, covert surveillance, crowd control, DNA retention and media intrusion. The Strasbourg Court has differed from the House of Lords on the scope of Article 8 and bringing rights home in terms of police powers e.g. on DNA retention and stop and search powers.

Lord Walker suggested that the family life strand is harder to define with the hard core based on issues around spouses, partners and children and the looser edges around widows, pensions and positive obligations. This strand arises in UK cases concerning prisoners and deportation in particular with the Supreme Court being clear that family ties was always important when considering sentencing and deportation even before Article 8.

Finally on autonomy of the home, case law has centred on compensation cases and social housing issues.

Lord Walker came to three conclusions: first that the tendency to expand  the scope of Article 8 especially on controversial issues means that any consensus has to be taken into account on these issues but also that other  states were not bound to follow the judgments, even though in practice they are treated as binding on other states. Secondly, that when adjudicating on these issues in Strasbourg the court looks to the member state as a whole, not to, for example, devolved administrations, nor does it make the distinction between process, policy, law and decision-making. Finally, Lord Walker stressed the importance of a dialogue between courts, such as the Supreme Court and the Strasbourg Court, in order to ensure active participation in the development of the law, including that on Article 8.

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Lecture by the Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC, 24 October

The Attorney General, the Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC, gave a lecture, entitled "European Convention on Human Rights - Current Challenges".

"The text of the lecture can be found on the Attorney General's website."

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Human Rights Law Update, 14-16 February

This series of lectures was given by Dr Hans Christian Kruger, former Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, past Secretary of the European Commission of Human Rights and Bencher of this Inn, and Parosha Chandran, an award-winning human rights barrister who practises from 1 Pump Court Chambers and is a co-founder of the Trafficking Law and Policy Forum.

The informative and thought-provoking lectures focused on recent jurisprudence in the field of human rights emanating from both the UK and the European Court of Human Rights. Comparative approaches were consdered specifically on the prohibition on torture, inhuman or degrading treatment and punishment, on the protection of fair trial guarantees, on private and family life and the right to freedom of expression, as well as on the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.

Click here to download a copy of handouts from this series.



2010

Sir Thomas More Lecture given by The Honourable Mr Nicolas Forwood on 9 November. Report by Brynmor Adams

European Law Lecture Series, 27 September, 4 and 11 October

Tim Eicke QC, human rights and EU law barrister at Essex Court Chambers, introduced a series of lectures where he was joined by experienced and eminent practitioners in their respective areas of law: David Perry QC, Hugh Mercer QC, Paul Stanley QC and Andrew Byass.

The aim of the series was to provide an up-date on recent developments in areas of EU law relevant to the domestic practitioner including the changes brought about by the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty. The programme included sessions on “Jurisdiction and enforcing judgments in EU cross-border cases”, with Hugh Mercer QC, Paul Stanley QC and Tim Eicke QC; EU immigration, asylum and free movement post Lisbon” with Tim Eicke QC and Andrew Byass; and The EU and Criminal Law post Lisbon” with David Perry QC and Tim Eicke QC.

Click here to download a copy of handouts from this series.

Lincoln’s Inn visit to the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg, 22-24 September

Lincoln’s Inn visit to the international courts in The Hague, 7-9 July

Lincoln’s Inn visit to the European Court of Human Rights & Council of Europe in Strasbourg, 7–9 June. Report by Elspeth Wrigley