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Date: 13-14 June 2013
Venue: Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland

Europe at the Edge of Pluralism

Recent social and political changes in European societies pose many theoretical and practical questions concerning different notions of pluralism in Europe. Lately this debate on pluralism and multiculturalism has focused on issues dealing with the very identity of Europe and its future developments. It centres on such legal areas as protection of human rights, constitutional aspects of European integration, regulation of migration and European citizenship, as well as inclusion of minorities. It reveals tensions between cultural and constitutional pluralism which reverberate in evolution and interpretation of EU law, international law, and domestic law. Both the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union more frequently face cases where they must strike a balance between conflicting constitutional traditions and developing European approaches. Recent cases, such as Kadi and Al Barakaat International Foundations v. Council of the European Union , Lautsi v. Italy , or M.S.S. v. Belgium and Greece go to the very heart of relationships between different legal regimes. At the same time, the equally important issues of inclusion and rights protection risk being pushed to the margins. This conference seeks to address theoretical and practical responses of European legal systems to the problems posed by the era of diversity. Is Europe prepared to respond to these challenges in an inclusive and pluralistic manner?

Keynote speeches are given by Prof. Kristin Henrard (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Prof. Zdzisław Kędzia (Adam Mickiewicz University), Dr. Reetta Toivanen (University of Helsinki), Prof. Roman Wieruszewski (Poznan Human Rights Centre).

For more information, please contact Magdalena Kmak and Dorota Gozdecka
(email: law-diversity-conference(AT)helsinki.fi)