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MDX Law and Politics students attend virtual visit to Council of Europe in Strasbourg

25/05/2021

On Monday 17 May 2021, Middlesex University London and Dubai Law and Politics students and staff attended a virtual visit to Strasbourg, France, in line with our annual in-person visit tradition that has been in place since 2016!

The visit started with a webinar organised by the Council of Europe and a tour of the Palais De L’Europe building, which houses the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. The students were introduced to the work of the organisation and its main bodies and functions.

Later, the students met Mr Christian Mommers, Advisor to the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, for a talk and a Q&A. Christian specialises in asylum and migration issues and also advises the Commissioner on Human Rights in the UK, among other states.

Finally, our Middlesex University delegation met with Judge Siofra O’Leary, the Judge at the European Court of Human Rights elected in respect of Ireland. Judge O’Leary shared insights about the work of the Judges and discussed the Court’s case law and its significance for the promotion of human rights and the rule of law.

The trip gave the opportunity to students of both campuses to meet and interact, while visiting the European institutions that are central to their learning material. The meeting with Judge O’Leary of the European Court of Human Rights was without a doubt the highlight of the trip!

Although we were not able to be in Strasbourg in person this year, the virtual format of the visit made it accessible to a larger number of participants, who were able to join the visit and learn, engage and appreciate the application and significance of human rights law.

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