IACL ROUND TABLE IN ATHENS

*IACL ROUND TABLE IN ATHENS*

*13-14 NOVEMBER 2015*

*THE SOVEREIGN DEBT REVISITED BY CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AND INTERNATIONAL LAW*

*Held under the auspices of the President of the Greek Parliament Mr. Nikolaos Voutsis*

 

With the kind sponsorship of the Onassis Foundation

 

Hosting:

The Association of Greek Constitutionalists

Scientific Coordination:

The Association of Greek Constitutionalists

and

The European Public Law Organization

Venue: Room of Senate

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13  November 2015

Opening Session: State sovereignty and sovereign debt in the context of international economic crisis.

Chair: Prof. Kostas Mavrias (Emeritus, University of Athens, Law Faculty, President of the Scientific Council of the Greek Parliament, President of the Association of Greek Constitutionalists, Honorary President of the International Association of Constitutional Law)

10:00-10:20 Prof. Bertrand Mathieu (University of Paris I, Pole Master of Public Law, MRU of Comparative Law, former President of the French Association of Constitutional Law, former Member of the Council of Judicial Authorities, Vice-president of the International Association of Constitutional Law): Is democracy compatible with European legal order: reflections starting from the question of the sovereign debt

10:20-10:40 Prof. Xenophon Contiades (University of Peloponnese, School of Social and Political Sciences, Managing Director of the Centre for European Constitutional Law – Themistocles and Dimitris Tsatsos Foundation) and Dr Alkmini Fotiadou (Attorney at Law): Can indebted nations reclaim sovereignty through referendums?

10:40-11:00 Dr Marianthi Kalyviotou (Attorney at Law, Scientific Service, Greek Parliament): The Greek sovereign debt: Current legal aspects

11:00-11:20 Dr Angela Cummine (British Academy Post-doctoral Fellow): The Greek Privatization Fund and fiduciary state theory: Evaluating the sale of Greek national assets to service debt through a fiduciary prism

11:20-11:40 Coffee Break

11:40-13:00 Discussion

13:00 Lunch

 

Afternoon Session: International Loan Treaties and Human Rights Protection

Chair: Prof. Thomas Fleiner (Emeritus, University of Fribourg, Law Faculty, Director of the Institute of Federalism of the University of Fribourg, President Emeritus of the International Association of Constitutional Law)

16:00-16:20 Judge Sotirios Rizos (President Emeritus of the Council of State): Social Rights and the Council of State case-law in the crisis context

16:20-16:40 Prof. Margot Salomon (London School of Economics): Social Rights as fiscal risks and other stories from the dark heart of Europe

16:40-17:00 Prof. Patrina Paparrigopoulou-Pechlivanidi (University of Athens, Law Faculty): Controversial policies of international organizations toward states in economic crisis

17:00-17:20 Dr Daphne Akoumianaki (Attorney at law, Legal advisor to the Minister of Labour, Social Security and Social Solidarity): Compliance with international law and human rights protection in times of economic crisis: Exchanges between the Greek courts and the European Court of Human Rights

17:20-18:20 Discussion

 

14th November 2015

Morning Session: Are there illegitimate debts under Constitutional Law and International Law?

Chairman: Prof. Martin Scheinin (European University Institute, former Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Helsinki, President Emeritus of the International Association of Constitutional Law )

09:30-09:50 Prof. Robert Howse (New York University School of Law): Rethinking “default” as a legal and economic concept: has it done more harm than good?

09:50-10:10 Prof. Mattias Goldmann (Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law): All debts are equal? A legal Analysis of Sovereign Debt Restructurings in Greece, Germany and Europe

10:10-10:30 Prof. Yiannis Drossos (University of Athens, Law Faculty): The Flip-Sides of the coin. A Gloss on the judicial treatment of the financial measures and instruments introduced in view of the economic crisis

10:30-10:50 Prof. Antonis Bredimas (Emeritus, University of Athens, Law Faculty): The concept of illegitimate debt in international law

10:50-11:10 Dr Giulia Aravantinou Leonidi (Researcher on Comparative Constitutional Law, University Sapienza, Rome): The Sovereign Debt: doctrine and case law in Italy 

11:10- 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-12-20 Discussion

 

12:20-14:00 Concluding Remarks of the Round Table on the topic “The Greek case in a widened comparative context”

Chair: Prof. Manuel Cepeda (The University of Texas at Austin, former Chief Justice of the Colombian Constitutional Court, President of the International Association of Constitutional Law )

Prof. Martin Scheinin (European University Institute, former Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Helsinki, President Emeritus of the International Association of Constitutional Law), Prof. Spyridon Flogaïtis (University of Athens, Law Faculty, President and Director of the EPLO, Secretary General of the Association of Greek Constitutionalists), Prof. Theodoros Fortsakis (University of Athens, Law Faculty, Member of the Greek Parliament, former Rector of the University of Athens), Prof. George Kassimatis (Emeritus, University of Athens, Law Faculty, Honorary president of the International Association of Constitutional Law), Prof. George Katrougalos (Democritus University of Thrace, Minister, former Member of the European Parliament, Member of the Executive Committee of the IACL), Prof. Kalypso Nilolaïdis (University of Oxford, Director of the Center for International Studies and the Department of Politics and International Relations), Prof. Glykeria Siouti (University of Athens, Law Faculty)

 

14:00 Meeting of the Executive Committee of the IACL (a light lunch will be offered)      

 

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