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An interview with the President of the European Court of Human Rights

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.
Dean Spielmann
23 March 2015 More...

Starts: Mar 23, 2015 12:00:00 AM

In Defence of Rights

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 
Helena Kennedy
1 April 2015 More...

Starts: Apr 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Exploring ‘Exploratory Governance': the Hertie Governance Report 2015

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

Advisory Board

UCL European Institute


We are privileged to be able to count on the expertise, experience and advice of an external Advisory Board, whose members have distinguished careers in politics, the media, academia, think tanks and cultural institutes. 

The Advisory Board is chaired by Sir John Birch, Chair of the UCL SSEES Advisory Board and former UK ambassador to Hungary.

  • Dominic Brett, Head of Public Affairs, European Parliament Office in the UK
  • Dame Nicola Brewer, UCL Vice Provost International
  • Heather Grabbe, Director, Open Society Institute Brussels
  • Charles Grant, Director, Centre for European Reform
  • Damian Green MPMember of Parliament for Ashford
  • Dr Kirsty HughesWriter and commentator on international and European affairs
  • Georg Krawietz, Director, DAAD London
  • Lord Roger Liddle, UK House of Lords, Policy Network
  • Quentin Peel, Senior Fellow, Chatham House and former Foreign Editor, FT
  • John Peet, Europe Editor, The Economist
  • Martin Porter, Fellow and Member of the Executive Management Team, European Climate Foundation
  • Magda Raczynska, Head of Literature, Polish Cultural Institute London
  • Michael Shackleton, Visiting Professor, University of Maastricht. Former Head of the European Parliament Office in the UK
  • Philip Souta, Head of UK Public Policy, Clifford Chance LLP
  • Janet Zmroczek, Head of European Studies, British Library