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Events 4th May 2022

Douglas Maxwell invited to speak at Irish Housing Commission conference on Amending the Irish Constitution

Dr Douglas Maxwell has been invited to speak at a conference organised by the Irish Housing Commission on constitutional reform in Ireland. This conference is part of an evidence gathering stage of a proposal for a referendum to amend the Irish Constitution to include housing rights.

Douglas is appearing on a panel chaired by Professor Catherine O’Regan, who served for 15 years as a judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and is currently Professor of Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford. Other panellists include Professor Sandra Fredman (Professor of Law, Oxford University); Professor David Bilchitz (Professor of Fundamental Rights and Constitutional Law, University of Johannesburg); Anindita Mukherjee (National Academy of Legal Studies & Research (NALSAR) University, India); and Professor Margot Young (Professor in the Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia).

Drawing on his forthcoming book and published papers, Douglas has been asked to present evidence on the human rights dimensions of housing and property law in the United Kingdom. In particular, the interaction between the right to property in Article 1 of the First Protocol, Article 8, the ‘right to respect for your home’ and other international instruments such as the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Full details of the evidence given will be published following the conference, which takes place from 11 – 12 May in Dublin.

Further details regarding the conference can be accessed at

Places can be booked online.

Douglas is currently a second six pupil at Henderson Chambers.

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