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COMMENTS 

'Highly problematic, to put it mildly'

Deciphering the Conservative Party’s proposals for a new ‘British Bill of Rights’ is not an easy task, as the eight-page policy document is riddled with errors, distortions and imprecise language. What is more, their two main policy aims are highly problematic, argues
Colm O'Cinneide
9 October 2014
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Starts: Oct 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM

UK & EU: New Faces, Old Problems?

The row between Britain and its allies that accompanied the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker as the new Commission President was seen by some as an effective short-term tactic from David Cameron. But the ‘Juncker bounce’ was short-lived and left Cameron in a long-term strategic pickle.
Paola Buonadonna
6 October 2014
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Starts: Oct 6, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Five lessons of the Juncker Affair

It is now three months since Jean-Claude Juncker was elected President of the Commission, against the express wishes of the British and Hungarian governments.  What lessons can we draw from this episode about British attitudes to the European Union?
6 October 2014
Prof Michael Shackleton
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Starts: Oct 6, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Britain and Europe

UCL European Institute

The relationship between Britain and Europe is a highly contested issue that dominates political and academic debates. As part of a year-long project at UCL, which examines the relationship between the United Kingdom and both the EU and the Council of Europe, we are collating up to date information on a range of important policy issues.

The series is convened by Prof Piet Eeckhout and Dr Virginia Mantouvalou (UCL Laws). It is run by UCL Laws in association with the UCL European Institute and the UCL Institute for Human Rights. The series has received generous support from the UCL Grand Challenge of Intercultural Interaction.


BIBLIOGRAPHY AND ONLINE RESOURCES

Browse our extensive lists of bibliography, online resources and policy briefs on the following specialist subjects:

  1. EU Referendum
  2. Human Rights
  3. The Single Market
  4. Tax
  5. EU-US Trade Relations
  6. Refugee Protection, migration, human rights
  7. EMU governance, EU citizenship, procurement
  8. The Margin of Appreciation
  9. EU Social Policy

POLICY BRIEFINGS

Click here to download policy briefs of the key topics covered by the project.


COMMENTS

Lord Sumption's attack on Strasbourg: More than Political Rhetoric?
We all agree that judges, in promoting the values of democracy and human rights, must not usurp the functions of parliament. But Lord Sumption’s attack on the Strasbourg Court was based on question-begging arguments that failed to address the substance of the issues involved.
Dr George Letsas
December 2013


EVENTS

The project included a series of high-profile lectures, panel discussions and seminars that took place during 2013-14.


'Your power to veto EU changes'? Implications of the referendum provisions in the European Union Act 2011
8 October 2013


An International Bill of Rights of Man: Where Next?
31 October 2013


The Single Market & liberalisation, harmonisation and mutual recognition: Time to rethink the balance of competences between the EU and the member states?
27 November 2013


Recovering Overpaid tax: The Shifting role of the ECJ
11 February 2014


EU Trade Commissioner speaks on EU-US trade negotiations
21 February 2014


Commissioner for Human Rights at the Council of Europe to speak on Refugee Protection, Migration and Human Rights in Europe
4 March 2014


EMU Governance, EU citizenship and public procurement
18 March 2014


Dean Spielmann: Whither the margin of appreciation?
20 March 2014


EU Social Policy
8 May 2014