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COMMENTS 

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

UCL European Institute

EU Resource Area


This section of our website provides you with a comprehensive overview of existing online resources for the study of the European Union, as well as a directory of relevant institutions, libraries and archives. Please visit the subject heading links on the right to view full details. Should you want to suggest further items to be added to the collection, or have any other comments or queries, please just email us.


General Information


EUROPA
EUROPA is the portal site of the European Union. It provides coverage of EU affairs and information institutions and bodies, departments and services, policies, activities, and citizens’ rights.

Fact sheets on the European Union
The Fact Sheets provide an overview of European integration and of the European Parliament's contribution to that process.

How the EU works
A very general introduction to the EU and its institutions.

European Commission: Policies
Overview of EU activities in all areas, from agriculture to transport.

Budget
All details on EU financial programming and budgets.

Glossary
This glossary lists key EU concepts and terms; it is still being revised following the signing of the Lisbon Treaty.

EU Whoiswho
An electronic directory of managers and services in the EU institutions, bodies and agencies. Find what you want in any of the EU's official languages.

EuroVoc
This is a multilingual, multidisciplinary thesaurus covering the activities of the EU, and the European Parliament in particular. It contains terms in 23 EU languages plus Serbian. It is managed by the Publications Office.

Votewatch.eu
An independent website set up to promote better debates and greater transparency in EU decision-making by providing easy access to, and analysis of, the political decisions and activities of the European Parliament and the EU Council of Ministers.

Fact Check EU
FactcheckEU is a crowd-checking platform set up to monitor the quality and veracity of political debate. Users can upload statements and verify them alongside the FactcheckEU team.

Get involved in European policy-making
This site has details on the European Citizens' Initiative, Public consultations, Petitions to the European Parliament, the Commission at Work, and Formal complaints.

Europe Direct
A network of centres, which aim to act as an interface between the EU and its citizens at local level. They help with general questions on virtually every aspect of Europe and put you in touch with relevant specialist services if required.

Enterprise Europe Network
The network brings together 570 business support organisations from 45 countries, including chambers of commerce and industry, technology centres, research institutes and development agencies.

The EU in the UK

European Commission Representation in the UK
The representation provides background briefings and comment for the media, report back to Brussels on developments in the UK and provide information about the EU.

European Parliament Office in the UK
Information on the EP's work, including through dissemination, publications, press briefings, teaching resources. The site also has a directory of UK MEPs.

EU Select Committee (UK House of Lords)
The Committee  considers EU documents and other EU-related matters in advance of decisions being taken on them. This website offers news, publications and comments relating to the work of the Committee.

European Scrutiny Committee (UK House of Commons)
The Committee assesses the legal and/or political importance of draft EU legislation deposited in Parliament by the Government. This website offers news, publications and comments relating to the work of the Committee.

Teaching Resources
The European Parliament in the UK has created a listing of teaching material and resources suitable for use by teachers in the UK, or those teaching a British curriculum abroad.