Contemporary Housing Issues in a Changing Europe, April 20-21, 2012
Conference Programme

                            Conference Programme - Updated 15/04/12


Centre for Housing Law, Rights and Policy

NUI Galway School of Law


'Contemporary Housing Issues in a Changing Europe' 


Friday 20th April 2012.


8.45 am         Registration of Researchers, Presenters and Participants


9.15                 Welcome - Professor William Golden

                          Dean College, Business, Public Policy & Law

                          Introduction to Conference 

                          Dr Padraic Kenna, School of Law, NUI Galway, Conference Organiser


9.30               Professor Sergio Nasarre-Aznar, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona

                         Coordinator of Legal Aspects of Housing, Land and Planning Group

                         European Network of Housing Researchers (ENHR)


10.15               Regis Brillat, Head of the Department of the European Social Charter, Council of Europe


10.45               Questions


11.00               Coffee Break


11.30              Conference presentation of papers in Streams A-F


A.   Housing Rights & Homelessness

B.    Housing Regulation, Consumer Protection & Mortgages

C.    Independent Living for People with Disabilities & the UNCRPD

D.    Public Interest Law and Housing

E.    Housing Tenures

F.    Contemporary Issues in Social Housing


1.00 pm          Lunch

2.15                 Hon. Justice Ms Mary Laffoy, High Court of Ireland 

                         'Constitutional and Convention rights in the context of housing'

3.00.                President of NUI Galway, Professor James J. Browne

                         Minister for the Department of the Environment,  Community and Local Government 

                         with Special Responsibility for Housing & Planning - Ms Jan O’ Sullivan TD

3.30                 Conference presentation of papers in Streams A-F

5.00                 Professor Stefan Gerlach, Deputy Governor Central Bank of Ireland

                          'Housing Market & Financial Stability'

6.00                 Conference Reception at Aras Moyola sponsored by Bord Failte

7.15                 Conference Dinner (Requires Pre-Booking) 


Saturday 21st April 2012.


9.00 am         Conference Registration.

9.30                Professor Martin Partington, Law Commission of England and Wales, and Bristol University Law School 


                          'Consumer law and housing – contemporary developments'


10.00              Jamie Burton Barrister, Doughty St. Chambers London

                          'The ECHR and housing in England'

10.30               Professor Lorna Fox O'Mahony, Law School, University of Durham 

                           'The meaning of home'

11.00               Coffee

11.30               Conference papers presentations in Streams A-F

1.00 pm           Lunch 

2.00                 Mike Wright, Founder and Director, Keyring Housing Association                       

                          'Housing and Independent Living'

2.30                 Ioannis Dimitrakopoulos Head of Equality and Citizen’s Rights,

                            European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

3.00                   Conference papers presentations in Streams A-F

4.30 - 5.00      Feedback and Concluding Remarks