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Dean Spielmann, President of the European Court of Human Rights since September 2012, has served as a Judge in the Court for over a decade. In a recent interview with the UCL Law Society’s Silk v. Brief, highlights of which are condensed in the blog post below, he discusses the evolving role of human rights in Europe, and explores the complicated relationship between the UK and the European Convention on Human Rights.
23 March 2015 More...
Starts: Mar 23, 2015 12:00:00 AM
Philippe Sands, Professor of Law at UCL and practising barrister in international law, and Helena Kennedy, a leading barrister and academic in human rights law, civil liberties and constitutional issues, were members of the 2011 Commission on a Bill of Rights. In highlights from a recent article in the London Review of Books, they discuss how human rights intersect with politics, examine the UK’s strained relationship with the European Convention on Human Rights, and question the possible motivations lying behind the proposed Bill.
Prof. Philippe Sands
1 April 2015 More...
Starts: Apr 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM
With the Eurozone crisis not yet over, Albert Weale, Professor of Political Theory and Public Policy at UCL, reviews the Hertie Governance Report 2015 as it analyses the key issues facing the European Institutions in terms of economic governance. As ad hoc solutions are found to deal with urgent matters, what does this mean for political accountability and reform in the EU, and what lessons have been learnt?
Prof. Albert Weale
14 April 2015 More...
Starts: Apr 14, 2015 12:00:00 AM
The Institute runs an annual event programme in order to highlight topical issues and generate debate, host high-profile external speakers, develop in-depth discussions and contextualise UCL research output. We support events led by UCL scholars that broker new approaches to thinking and analysing Europe and the EU; these showcase the vitality and range of UCL expertise in this area. Some events are organised by the Institute itself in response to both current
affairs and long-standing, fundamental questions confronting Europe and
its integration processes. Wherever possible, we work with external institutions and organisations to bring UCL's research to a wide audience and influence public debate, thinking and policy.
The European Institute is the university's central platform for bringing the critical thinking and in-depth expertise of our researchers to a wide audience within and beyond academe. We regularly publish commentaries, thought pieces and brief articles by UCL academics and selected guest contributors, which respond to topical developments or comment on long-standing questions concerning Europe and the EU. We also occasionally commission, edit and publish working papers, booklets and policy briefings on particular topics; produced in-house, they are available in digital as well as hard copy format.
The Institute runs a Junior Research Forum, through which we support groups of advanced research students – MA and PhDs students as well as postdoctoral fellows at UCL – to further develop their research related to Europe or the EU. A funding call at the beginning of each academic year invites proposals from groups of at least two lead researchers, ideally from different departments. Proposals may range from discussion and reading groups to seminars, conferences and public lectures – or a combination thereof.
One of the key tasks of the European Institute is to manage and distribute information among UCL staff and students as well as the wider public. This website will be the one-stop point for information on research and teaching on Europe at UCL. See our a extensive resource area for links, materials, archives and other relevant information for anyone researching EU history, politics, laws and related interests. For regular updates on the Institute’s activities and related news from UCL, please sign up to our newsletter, or use us as the main access point to find an expert on Europe at UCL. UCL staff are encouraged to contact us with details about their work and projects, with news, suggested content or upcoming events, or with queries regarding research expertise of staff at other departments and faculties.