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Fundamental Social Rights : Current European Legal Protection & the Challenge of the EU Charter on Fundamental Rights. 

This publication is the result of a conference on the theme held on 29th September 2000. It contains discussions of the place of fundamental social rights in the market economy, as well as an appraisal of national, European and international legal instruments which aim to protect social rights. Finally, it discusses the content and status of the European Union Charter on Fundamental Rights. The contributors include Ambassador Justin Harman, Irish Ambassador to the Council of Europe; Ms Inez MacCormack, President of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions; Professor Ferdinand von Prondzinski, President of Dublin City University, Mr Peter Brennan, of IBEC; Professor Gerard Quinn, NUI Galway; Ms Niamh Casey, European Social Charter, Council of Europe Secretariat; Dr. Mathew Craven, SOAS, University of London; Professor Barry Fitzpatrick, Jean Monnet Professor of European Law, University of Ulster; Mr Mahon Hayes, Member of the Convention Drafting the EU Charter; Ms Antoinette Long, Administrator, 'Employment & Social Affairs DG, European Commission; Mr Anthony Whelan, Legal Service of the European Commission and Ms Cathryn Costello, Lecturer in European Law, Director, Irish Centre for European Law. Also contains text of Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the European Social Charter.

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Our Brexit series continues with an examination of the implications for agriculture on 26th April.  For details of the final line-up of speakers, click here.


The 2017 Privacy Conference is now open for registration. For details of the event, click here.  


Professor Carl Baudenbacher, President of the EFTA Court will address members of the ICEL on the possible role of the EFTA court in a post-Brexit world.  Click here for more details.


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