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3rd Annual ICLQ Lecture

Why the French Don’t Like the Burqa: Laïcité, National Identity a

15th April 2013

This event examines the controversies over and implications of the 2010 French ban on the covering of the face. It carries out an internal critique of the new law and, in a broader European context, questions its compatibility with the European Convention on Human Rights. It argues that the ban has strayed away from the confines of laïcité (the separation of State and religion in the public sphere) by encompassing activities and people who in no way emanate from the State. Far from being a flagship of a secularism - à la française - or a French way of life, the ban - it is argued - goes against entrenched French legal traditions and unduly conflates the concept of national identity at the cost of individual liberties, thus forgetting the true goal of secularism: the conciliation of different beliefs and values. Assuming that the defence of secularism is nevertheless (for reasons we will explore) upheld by the European Court of Human Rights as a legitimate aim pursued by the law, the French ban it is argued is likely to fall foul of European requirements for lack of proportionality.

Welcome: Professor Malcolm Evans OBE, General Editor of the ICLQ, Professor of International Law, Bristol University

Speaker: Myriam Hunter-Henin, Senior Lecturer in Law, University College London

When founded in 1952, the ICLQ was the only journal which offered the reader coverage of comparative law as well as public and private international law. Since then it has maintained its pre-eminence as one of the most important journals of its kind and it continues to offer practitioners and academics wide topical coverage without compromising rigorous editorial standards.

Under the general editorship of Professor Malcolm Evans and Professor Robert McCorquodale, the journal continues to attract scholarship of the highest standard from around the world. Articles are submitted by both members and non-members of the Institute and the Editors continue to welcome contributions which are selected on the basis of excellence, reflecting the independence of the Quarterly and the Institute as a whole.

This will be the Third Annual Lecture following its inauguration in 2011 as a celebration of 60 years of the ICLQ as the flagstone publication of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law.

Young Scholar Prize 2012

At the Lecture the Young Scholar Prize 2012 will be awarded to Ugljesa Grusic of Nottingham University for his article Jurisdiction in Employment Matters under Brussels 1: A Reassessment. This article will also be free of charge from the day of the lecture.

The Prize is awarded annually for the best paper by a scholar aged 35 or under at the time of publication, and consists of £250 worth of books from Cambridge University Press of the Scholar's choice.

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