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School of Law Inaugural Postgraduate Research Conference 2016

University of Leeds School of Law Inaugural Postgraduate Research Conference

“Law, Justice and Austerity”

Conference Programme 

Liberty Building Room LG.06

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A pervasive feature of public policy in the last few years has been the entrenchment of a range of measures cumulatively known as ‘austerity.’ The adoption of these fiscal retrenchment measures has created a context in which different spheres of ‘state action’ are immensely affected by both the practical consequences, and the discourse of this being another epoch of austerity. The conference invites papers which explore whether law (in the broadest of senses) can be instrumentalised to both give effect and or mitigate the impact of a culture of austerity. By extension, this means there is scope to explore if the phenomenon called austerity affects our understanding of the interrelated concepts of ‘justice’; ‘rights’ and ‘the law.’ The University of Leeds School of Law invites postgraduate and early career researchers as well as practitioners to attend this conference, which will be organised in three broad streams:

Stream 1: Judicial Responses to Austerity

Stream 2: Austerity and Criminal Justice

Stream 3: Austerity, Law and Society

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Any questions should be directed to Rosie Harding ( or Byron Karimba (

This Conference is supported by funding from the University of Leeds, School Law, Strategic Research Fund.

Location Details

School of Law, University of Leeds

09:15 – 09:45 – Registration and Coffee

9:45 – 10:00 – Welcome from Professor Duncan Sheenan, Postgraduate Research Tutor

10:00 – 11:15 - Stream 1: International and National Judicial Responses to Austerity

Chair: Rosie Taylor-Harding

Johannnadel Pilar Cortes Nieto (University of Warwick)

The Constitutionalisation of Austerity and the Economy of Sacrifice in the Colombian Jurisprudence on Social and Economic Rights

Petr Agha (Institute of State and Law, Czech Academy of Sciences)

The Empire of Principle

Byron Karemba (University of Leeds)

Testing the Limits of Adjudication: The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom in an Era of Austerity

11:15 – 11:45 Tea and Coffee Break

11:45 – 13:00 Stream 2: Austerity, Law and Society

Chair: Jess Mant

Emily Hancox (University of Edinburgh)

The Inter-Relationship between Norms: Implications for Accessing Social Benefits

Eirini Pothitou (UCC Cork)

The Right to Social Security in Times of Austerity: The Greek Example

Kerry-Ann Barry (University of Liverpool Law School)

Access to Justice and Civil Legal Aid Reform:  A Socio-Legal Analysis of the Experiences of Litigants in person in the Family and Civil Courts

13:00 – 14:15 Lunch

14:15 – 15:15 Keynote – Professor Aileen McColgan, Barrister, Matrix Chambers

15:15 – 15:30 Break

15:30 – 16:30 Stream 3: Austerity and Criminal Justice

Chair: Jenny Chivers

William Floodgate (The University of Manchester)

Exploring the Impact of Change and Government Austerity on Drug Service Provision in North West England.

Sean Butcher (University of Leeds)

Policing in an Age of Austerity: Opportunities beyond the Police?

16:30 – 17:00 – Final remarks by Professor Alastair Mullis, Head of School

17:00 Wine and Networking Reception 

This Conference is supported through a Grant from the University of Leeds School of Law Strategic Research fund.


Please send any enquiries to Rosie Harding: or Byron Karemba




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