ELA-Ereky Conference on Education Law

ELA Conference in Co-operation with the Pázmány Péter Catholic University
Launching of the Global Education Law Forum (GELF)
BUDAPEST - HUNGARY
19-22 October 2016

'The Justiciability of the Prior Right to Education - The Role of Civil Society for the Awareness, Advocacy and Accountability of the Right to Education'

 

Conference is free of charge, please register to conference at: https://goo.gl/forms/iuGMSTmaBb7CaGuZ2

Venue: PPCU, H-1088 Budapest, Szentkirályi u. 28 (map)

Summary

Educational rights may be approached from any direction, however the common element in every model is the justiciability and the awareness and knowledge of enforceability of this prior right. This is especially important for the more vulnerable groups of society, since there are specific needs may arise, which are necessary to reflect. The International Conference organized by the European Association for Education Rights and Policy (ELA) in cooperation with the Ereky Public Law Research Center at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest on 20-22 October 2016 is devoted to launch a dialogue where representatives of science, jurisdiction, and civil society can exchange their experience in this field. The conference examines primarily the role of civil society in the protection of education rights for the more defenceless people and groups. On Saturday the 22 October the Global Education Law Forum (GELF) - Committed to Good Governance, Human Dignity and Effective Policies in Education, officially will be launched.

Program

Wednesday 19 October 2016

Arrival, transfer from Liszt Airport to Hotel individually.

20.00 Welcome dinner for ELA members offered by the Ereky Public Law Research Center, Hungary (optional, for those who arrived)


Thursday 20 October 2016

9.00 - 10.00 Opening Session: Justiciability of Right to Education: The Global Challenge (Keynotes)
Chair: prof. Jan De Groof
• Jan De Groof, Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges (Belgium) and at Tilburg University (the Netherlands), President ELA
• Szabolcs Szuromi, Professor, President of the Pázmány Péter Catholic University (Hungary) 
• L. Aáry-Tamás, Ombudsman for Educational Rights (Hungary)

10.00 – 12.30 Second Session: Justiciability Seen from the Constitutional and Basic Legal Questions
Chair: prof. Jan De Groof
• András Zs. Varga, Professor of Law, Head of Department of Administrative Law, PPCU (Hungary), Member of the Venice Commission, Judge of the Constitutional Court (Hungary)
  "Justiciability and dimensions of rights"
• Balázs Schanda, Professor of Law, Head of Department of Constitutional Law, PPCU (Hungary)

Discussion

(coffee break at 11.00)

• Pablo Meix Cereceda, Professor of Administrative Law at the University of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain)
  "Religious and ideological rights in education: the impact of Constitutional Courts in the educational agenda"
• Rozsnyai Krisztina, PhD, Associate professor, ELTE Faculty of Law, Commissioner for the New Act on Administrative Judicial Remedies (Hungary)
  "Judicial remedies in educational law"
• Renata Uitz, Professor, Head of Departement, Chair of the Comparative Constitutional Law Program, Departement of Legal Studies, Central European University (Hungary)

Discussion

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 16.30 Third Session : Experiences of the Jurisdiction (Courts And Ombudsmen)
Chair: Balázs Gerencsér
• Elisabeth Sándor-Szalay Prof HC, Deputy Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, Ombudsman for the Rights of National Minorities, University Professor (Hungary)
  "The Right to Education and the Prohibition of Discrimination in the Practice of the Hungarian Ombudsman for Minority Rights"
• Attila Papp Z., PhD Director, Hungarian Academy of Science Center for Social Sciences; Institute for Minority Studies (Hungary)

Discussion

• Maria Smirnova, Federal Centre for Educational Legislation, Moscow (Russia), The University of Manchester (UK)
  "The Role of International Human Rights Mechanisms in Strengthening Justiciability of the Right to Education in the Russian Federation."
• Lilla Berkes, Research Assistant, lecturer, PPKE, Legal Advisor, Constitutional Court (Hungary)
• Dragos Efrim, PhD, University of Craiova, Faculty of Law and Social Sciences (Romania)
  "The evolving jurisprudence of the Romanian Constitutional Court on religious education in public schools"

Discussion

20.00 Dinner


Friday 21 October 2016

09.30 – 13.00 Fourth Session: Experiences Of The Civil Society - A Comparative Approach
Chair: Zoltán Kántor 
• Charles Glenn, Professor at Boston University (USA)
  "Strengthening Civil Society"
• Ingo Richter, Professor at Irmgard Coninx Stiftung and University of Tübingen (Germany)
  "One million asylum seekers in Germany 2015-2016 – The role of the civil society in their education and training"
• Roberto Toniatti, Professor at Trento University (Italy)

Discussion

(coffee break at 11.30)

• Tamás Forrai SJ, provincial, Hungarian Province of the Society of Jesus (Hungary)
  "Education on the Peripheries: Migrant and Roma Mission"
• Enikő Szigeti, Executive Director, Civic Engagement Movement (Romania)
  "About the Civic Engagement Movement"
• Csongor Csáky, Secretary General of Rákóczy Alliance (Hungary-Slovakia-Ukraine), Balázs Tárnok, legal adviser, Rákóczy Alliance
  "Preservation of identity through education and youth"
• Andrea Kovácsevics: Educational and Cultrual Center, Osijek (Croatia)
  "An example of minority educaion in Croatia"
• Gerencsér Balázs, Associate Professor, Director of Ereky Public Law Research Center (Hungary)
  "Education of Linguistic Communities in CEE and the role of the NGOs in this regard – what does the CoE see?"

Discussion

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 16.30 Fifth Session: Rethinking the 4 A-Scheme on the Right to Education
Co-Chair: prof. Jan De Groof and Balázs Gerencsér
• Jan De Groof, Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges (Belgium) and at Tilburg University (the Netherlands), President ELA
• Merilin Kiviorg, University of Oxford, Wolfson College and Professor at University of Tartu (Estonia)
• Gábor Kardos, Professor of Law, Member of Committee of Experts, European Charter of Regional or Minority Languages (Hungary, CoE)
  "Minority education, Charta implementation"

Discussion

• Charles Russo,J.D., Ed.D. University of Dayton (USA)
  "The Legal Right to Education: Perspectives from the United States?"
• Erica Murphy, project officer at the Right to Education Project (UK)

Discussion

(coffee break at 16.30)

17.00 – 17.30 Closing Session : European Perspectives on the Future Right to Education

Conclusions by Jan De Groof, Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges (Belgium) and at Tilburg University (the Netherlands), President ELA

19.30 Dinner


Saturday 22 October 2016

09.00 – 11.30 Global Education Law Forum Meeting

Summary :

The numbers of learners around the globe are steadily rising due to demographic reasons and the reduction of poverty. Providing all these learners with quality education is an enormous challenge. Many aspects need to be addressed, ranging from teacher training and safe environments to adapting curricula and ensuring fair assessment. Learners need to be prepared for life as local and global citizens, with due respect for their diverse capacities and diverse cultures.
All this needs to be embedded in good governance, human dignity and effective policies. The right to education and rights in education are essential in dealing with student and school diversity, but expertise on these fundamental concepts is relatively rare and scattered. In 2015, a group of concerned individuals, active in education, research and public administration, decided to join forces and provide a concerted helping hand to all those who want to formulate and implement sound education principles, policies, codes, rules and regulations.
The initiators have decided to set up the Global Education Law Forum (GELF) as a non-profit consortium that will address these issues both from a practical and a scholarly perspective. GELF will thus contribute to the implementation of the newly adopted UN Sustainable Development Goal number 4: 'Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning' and the UNESCO Education 2030 Framework for Action.

Introduced by
• Jan De Groof, Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges (Belgium) and at Tilburg University (the Netherlands), President ELA
• Peter Van der Hijden, Former Policy Officer European Commission - DG Research & Innovation, Independent expert (Netherlands)
• Marco Matthijsen, External PHD in comparative education law & policy at Tilburg University (Netherlands)

Round Table
• Charles J. Russo, J.D., Ed.D. University of Dayton, USA
• Charles Glenn, Professor emeritus, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Boston University, Researcher for the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia (USA)
• Merilin Kiviorg, University of Oxford, Wolfson College and Professor at University of Tartu (Estonia)
• Ingo Richter, Professor at Irmgard Coninx Stiftung and University of Tübingen (Germany)
• Roberto Toniatti, Professor at Trento University (Italy)

11.30 'Balancing Freedom, Autonomy and Accountability in Education': Round-Up and Future Program

Introduced by

• Charles Glenn, Professor at Boston University (USA)
• Jan De Groof, Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges (Belgium) and at Tilburg University (the Netherlands), President ELA
• Willem-Jan van der Wolf, Publisher at Wolf Legal Publishers (the Netherlands)

12.30 Lunch

End of official program, transfer to Airport individually.


Conference materials 

We draw the attention of our Lecturers that there is a possibility to publish the contribution after the Conference in a joint issue of the 'International Journal for Education Law and Policy' and 'Iustum Aequum Salutre' scientific journals. Detailed information will be provided during the Conference.


Contributors and supporters of the conference

The conference is financed by the PPCU KAP.

 

 Institute for Minority Rights Protection (KJI)

 

 State Sectretary of the Prime Minister's Office

 

Rákóczi Alliance

 

 Research Institute for Hungarian Communities Abroad

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