International conference on Judicial and Quasi-Judicial Independence

On Friday, the 25th of May 2012, the Department of Administrative Law and Public Administration of the University of Groningen and the Groningen Centre for Law and Governance will host an International conference on Judicial and Quasi-Judicial Independence , in Groningen, the Netherlands, at the Hanze Sociëteit, situated at the Oude Boteringestraat 19.

This conference will reflect on the parameters of the principle of judicial and quasi-judicial independence, the functions this principle plays in our democratic societies, the ways in which it is protected, its limits and its impact on the balance of power between the legislative, executive and judicial branches. The focus will be on both judicial independence and quasi judicial independence of bodies such as regulatory agencies, enforcement authorities, advisory and complaint committees.

Start:                 09:30 AM (Registration)
End:                   05:00 PM

The conference is organized by professor Suzanne Comtois, Visiting professor of public law, University of Groningen.

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Mr. Guy Canivet, member of the Constitutional Council, Paris and First Honorary President of the Court of Cassation

Mr. Willem Konijnenbelt, professor emeritus, University of Amsterdam and former member of the Dutch Council of State

Judge John Evans, Canadian Federal Court of Appeal

Professor Annetje Ottow, University of Utrecht and member of OPTA

Professor Robert Hazell, University College London

Professor Martine Valois, University of Montreal

Professor Mauro Zamboni, Stockholm University and visiting professor at the University of Groningen

Professor Heinrich Winter, University of Groningen

Professor Gustaaf Biezeveld, University of Groningen

Professor Jan Jans, University of Groningen

Professor Dick A. Lubach, University of Groningen

Professor Bert Marseille, University of Groningen / University of Tilburg

Dr. Kars de Graaf, University of Groningen

This conference is co-hosted and funded by the Groningen Centre for Law and Governance (GCL). The GCL contributes to legal research on the relationship between public and private interests and works in cooperation with the VU Amsterdam Centre for Law and Governance. Together they form the Netherlands Institute for Law and Governance (NILG). The conference is also part of the research program ‘Public Trust and Public Law’ of the GCL.

You may register for this conference by sending an email including your name, title, address and affiliation to: University of Groningen Administrative Law conference-on-independence@rug.nl.

Admission to this conference is free of charge.

Please see here for directions to the conference.