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Leading judge to discuss Europe’s changing legal landscape

Published on 13 February 2023

One of Britain’s leading legal figures will discuss how political and social upheaval is influencing human rights law at an event hosted at the University of Dundee.

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Judge Tim Eicke KC, the UK’s judge at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, will explain how the Court is seeking to secure fundamental rights and freedoms at a time of military conflict and climate change, and in the aftermath of the pandemic.

An alumnus of the University, Judge Eicke will return to his alma mater to deliver Crises in Europe: A View from the Strasbourg Court, on Thursday 16 February.

Professor Peter McEleavy, from Dundee Law School, said, “We are delighted to welcome Tim back. It is inspirational for our students to hear from one of our leading alumni.

“Tim has enjoyed a stellar career since he graduated from Dundee. Before being elected to the European Court of Human Rights he was a leading public law and human rights law silk. 

“His lecture comes at a key time because the European Court is once again high on the UK political agenda, with calls for the UK to withdraw from the European Convention of Human Rights.”

Tim graduated from Dundee with an LLB in English Law in 1992 and was called to the Bar of England and Wales the following year. As his career flourished he took silk – the highest rank for a barrister – in 2011 and was elected a Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn in 2014. He practised latterly from Essex Court Chambers in the fields of public and constitutional law, human rights law, EU law and public international law and regularly appeared before the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Court of Human Rights, as well as the domestic courts, including the UK Supreme Court.

Since 2016 he has served as the judge elected in respect of the UK at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. In 2017 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Dundee.

Crises in Europe: A View from the Strasbourg Court takes place in the Dalhousie Building, Old Hawkhill, on Thursday 16 February at 5.30pm. Tickets are free but registration in advance is required and can be completed online.


Jonathan Watson

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