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The AIRE Centre celebrates 20 Years!

26 November 2013

On Thursday 21 November the AIRE Centre celebrated its 20th Anniversary with a beautiful event at the October Gallery in Bloomsbury. The theme of the evening, Reflections on 20 years of European Law in Practice, recognised the vital achievements that have been made over the past twenty years in ensuring that families, children and those most marginalized in society benefit from their rights under European law.

Chaired by The Hon. Mr. Justice Tugendhat, the evening hosted an eminent line-up of speakers, including the Deputy President of The Supreme Court, The Right Hon. Baroness Hale of Richmond; Eleanor Sharpston QC, Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union and Judge Ledi Bianku of the European Court of Human Rights.

Marking two decades of AIRE Centre work is no short order. In preparation for the night Judge Bianku asked his assistant to make a list of all the ECtHR cases that the AIRE Centre had been involved in, and exclaimed in his speech, “It was a VERY long list”.

Baroness Hale highlighted some of the important cases that the AIRE Centre has intervened in, citing the ECtHR cases of Osman v UK and Z v UK protecting vulnerable children, the domestic interventions at the UK Supreme Court on marriage discrimination in R (on the application of Quila and another) v Secretary of State for the Home Department;  R (on the application of Bibi and another) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  and most recently in the case of Jessie Saint Prix that was heard last week in the CJEU. 

Eleanor Sharpston QC added that she was disappointed never to have acted on behalf of the AIRE Centre, as “[they] were always on the side that she wanted to win”.

AIRE is incredibly grateful for the kind words from distinguished guests and other supporters on the night, and also to all those who have sent birthday wishes and congratulations via Twitter and email.

The AIRE Centre’s commitment will remain focused on the pursuit of justice, supporting those most marginalised and excluded from societies and strengthening of the rule of law throughout Europe.

Nuala Mole, the Founder of the AIRE Centre thanked the many talented and dedicated partners the AIRE Centre has been fortunate enough to work with throughout the years; the lawyers, the academics, the NGOs, that have enabled us to provide the best possible legal advice and representation to those in need. As Judge Bianku beautifully put it, “When AIRE is around you can breathe European human rights law”.

Over the next month the AIRE Centre will be posting weekly updates on our website, reflecting on some of the crucial work that has been done to support those marginalised and excluded from society to assert their rights under EU Law, so don’t forget to keep coming back!

Please get in touch if you are interested in donating to the AIRE Centre to enable us to continue our vital work or would like to partner with the AIRE Centre on some of our projects.   

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