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"The Shield of Europe: the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights"


13 Jan 2016 09:00 to 18:30


European Parliament, Room PHS 01C47 and Room ASP 1G02
Rue Wiertz 60
1047  Brussels

Event Type

L - Conference, forum


EU Priorities 2020
Science & Policymaking

Event Description

Conference "The Shield of Europe: the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights"

Wednesday 13th of January 2016, Room PHS 01C47 and Room ASP 1G02

09:00 – 13:00/15:00 – 18:30

We kindly invite you to attend the GUE/NGL Conference "The Shield of Europe: the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights", hosted by MEP Barbara Spinelli and co-organized together with DIE LINKE and Sinn Féin. The following speakers will intervene during the Conference:

Stefano Rodotà - Professor emeritus of Civil Law, University of Rome "La Sapienza"

Olivier De Schutter - Member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Professor of Law at the University of Louvain and Director of the Interdisciplinary Research Cell in Human Rights (CRIDHO)

Zoe Konstantopoulou - Former President of the Hellenic Parliament

Giuseppe Bronzini - Judge in the Supreme Court of Cassation, Italy

Valsamis Mitsilegas - Head of the Department of Law, Professor of European Criminal Law and Director of the Criminal Justice Centre at Queen Mary University of London

Ingolf Pernice - Director of the Walter Hallenstein-Institute for European Constitutional Law and Director of the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society

Emilio De Capitani - Visiting Professor, Department of Law at the Queen Mary University of London and Executive Director of the Fundamental Rights European Experts Group (FREE Group)

Pier Virgilio Dastoli - President of the Italian Council of the European Movement (CIME)


Based on an analysis of the current situation, the Conference aims to propose an alternative model of European governance so as to realise an effective political integration founded on the rule of law and placing fundamental rights at the core of its own action.  In this perspective, particular attention will be paid to the Charter of fundamental rights as being the highest expression of a European Bill of Rights and, at the same time, primary source of law through the legal equalisation made in article 6 TEU.

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