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Durham European Law Institute

Conferences and Workshops

Previous Workshops and Conferences

Experiencing the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive. December 14, 2012.

How the 2005 UCP Directive has impacted on marketing, sales practices, enforcement strategies and national legal systems. 

Convenors: Willem van Boom, Orkun Akseli, Amandine Garde
Conference location: Hatfield College, North Bailey, Durham, DH1 3RQ

With this seminar (a joint venture of Durham Law School and Erasmus School of Law (the Netherlands)), we aim to bring together legal scholars to reflect on the practical impact of EU Directive 2005/29 on Unfair Commercial Practices (UCP) on marketing and sales, national enforcement practice and the internal operation of national legal systems. The contributors will present and discuss their papers. The papers will be collected in an edited volume.
Attendance is free of charge. However, places are limitedly available and you are advised to register early at

  • Programme (last modified: 22 November 2012)PDF

DELI Co-Hosts Workshop on the "External Relations Law of the European Union" (2012)

The two European Law Centres of Cambridge (CELS) and Durham University (DELI) joined forces to host a workshop on 26th and 27th October 2012 in Cambridge on the "External Relations Law of the European Union". This brought together academics and doctoral researchers from both institutions, as well as a number of guest speakers, to discuss a variety of topics related to the Union's contribution on the international scene. The workshop is intended to be a first in a regular meeting of lawyers form these institutions.

After an inspiring keynote by Professor Alan Dashwood, the first panel discussed chaired by Professor Catherine Barnard the "Constitutional Framework of EU External Relations" with presentations and lively discussions on external competences, democratic legitimacy, the principle of loyal cooperation and EU accession to the ECHR. The second panel on Friday chaired by Dr Alica Hinarejos analysed the interaction between the EU and public international law with discussions and presentations on EU diplomacy, international responsibility of the Union, sub-federal entities and the general reception of international law in the Union legal order. This panel revealed some dichotomy of perspectives but also significant commonalities between international and EU lawyers. The Saturday panel chaired by Professor Robert Schuetze highlighted sectorial aspects in EU external relations concerning neighbourhood, investment, environment and monetary policy, again highlighting the growing variety of EU external relations beyond the field of international trade.

CELS and DELI would like to especially thank our four international guests, Professor Geert de Baere,Professor Ramses WesselAssistant Professor Angelos Dimopoulos and Dr Narine Ghazaryan.

Workshop Series on Union Citizenship (2010)

DELI, in co-operation with the University of Edinburgh and Liverpool, has organised a series of three workshops on 'Empowerment and Disempowerment of the European Citizen'. More information is available at:

EU and Global Emergencies (2009)

Climate change, terrorism, human trafficking, energy supply, food safety and security are issues, which have recently attracted the attention of academics, policy-makers and the ordinary citizen. They represent problems of global nature and, as such, they require international action. The European Union has been active in taking initiatives, devising instruments and committing resources in dealing with such. The Union's role, albeit inherently paradoxical, has been a paradigm case for a regional approach to global emergencies, while highlighting the importance and urgency of the issues in the broader world.

DELI serves as a forum of debate on these issues, a centre for the dissemination of research and a point of information and reference for the North-East of England. In these roles, DELI will organise a series of research seminars, a public lecture, an international conference and a public debate. For more information, please click on the relevant links on the left hand side of the page.

The EU & Global Emergencies events are generously supported by the European Commission Representation to the United Kingdom.

Workshop on EU Law after Kadi and Al Barakaat (16 January 2009)

Organised by the Centre of European Law, King's College London, in association with the Durham European Law Institute and the Center for Transnational Legal Studies, London, this half-day seminar explored the many facets of the recent judgment of the European Court of Justice in Kadi and its meaning for EU law, and for counter-terrorism law and policy.

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