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

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

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

In Defence of Rights

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Start: Apr 1, 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 
Helena Kennedy
1 April 2015

Exploring ‘Exploratory Governance': the Hertie Governance Report 2015

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Start: Apr 14, 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

Defining a new political contract for the EU

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Start: Mar 19, 2015 12:00:00 AM

The EU is faced with the challenges of fashioning practices and institutions that reconcile the conflicting demands on political representatives from their international partners and their domestic constituents. This has been particularly manifest in the eurozone recently, but it reflects a deeper challenge which also concerns non euro-area members such as the UK.
Prof Albert Weale 
19 March 2015

Don’t let the Paris murderers win

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Start: Feb 26, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Professor Laborde warns against the reactivist response to the Paris murders: they misunderstand the role played by free speech and by laïcité. Further, they allow criminals to set the term of the debate on how to better facilitate Muslim integration if France.
Professor Cécile Laborde
26 February 2015

Britain and EU reform

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Start: Jan 20, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Piet Eeckhout revisits the question of EU reform, including different options for and legal as well as political constraints of such reform.
Professor Piet Eeckhout
20 January 2015

Europe and Research Excellence in the UK

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Start: Feb 7, 2015 12:00:00 AM

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Prof. Dame Julia Goodfellow examines the role of EU research collaboration and funding in sustaining and fostering research excellence in the UK.
Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow
9 February 2015

Immigration deserves a proper, open debate.

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Start: Dec 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM

In a letter to the Financial Times, UCL's Professor of EU Law Piet Eeckhout outlines his bemusement at the current discourse on immigration in the UK.
Prof Piet Eeckhout
3 December 2014

The Democratic Disconnect

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Start: Nov 24, 2014 12:00:00 AM

In the eurozone, the EU needs greater legitimacy at the national level not only to secure space for domestic politics but also to secure respect for social and economic commitments over time.
Prof. Albert Weale
24 November 2014

Europe: Six decades of strife and controversy for UK

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Start: Nov 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM

It's groundhog day in Britain, where the European Union is concerned. The context changes, but the basic issues do not.
Sir Stephen Wall
18 November 2014

The 9 November poll in Catalonia

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Start: Nov 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM

The recent Scottish referendum set a precedent in contemporary Europe by seeking to deliver, in agreement between Westminster and Holyrood, a binding decision on Scotland's future. The 'participatory process' that took place in Catalonia on 9 November could not be more different. Why is this so, what are its consequences, and where might we be heading?
Dr Claire Colomb
Dr Uta Staiger

13 November 2014

Yes, EU immigrants do have a positive impact on public finances

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Start: Nov 5, 2014 12:00:00 AM

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The impact of immigration on Britain’s tax and welfare system is a key element in the debate over the country’s relationship with the EU. Yet contrary to received opinion, research shows that EU immigrants to the UK in fact relieve the fiscal burden on UK-born workers and contribute to the financing of public services.
5 November 2014

Prof. Christian Dustman
Dr. Tommaso Frattini

'Highly problematic, to put it mildly'

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Start: Oct 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM

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

UK & EU: New Faces, Old Problems?

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Start: Oct 6, 2014 12:00:00 AM

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

Five lessons of the Juncker Affair

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Start: Oct 6, 2014 12:00:00 AM

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

The Spitzenkandidat process and its implications for the UK in the EU

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Start: Oct 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM

The 2014 European elections represent a deeply important moment for the EU, and for its member states. The introduction of a Spitzenkandidat process has created a new set of political and institutional dynamics. This piece considers the case of the UK, including the consequences of Cameron's opposition to Juncker and the nominaton of Jonathan Hill as European Commissioner.
Dr Simon Usherwood
1 October 2014

From Indyref to Indignados: how passions and politics mix

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Start: Sep 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM

As Scotland heads to the polls, this piece discusses the extent to which emotions have arrived at the heart of contemporary politics – yet we still hesitate to admit it. Emotions can neither be banished nor ignored when we discuss what constitutes political communities, how political decisions should be made and political action springs into being. Yet to embrace the rise of emotional politics without acknowledging how intimately it is and should be entangled with reason equally risks undermining just political action.
Dr Uta Staiger
18 September 2014

10 things you need to know about what will happen if Scotland votes yes

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Start: Sep 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM

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As the Scottish independence referendum draws closer the outcome is hard to predict. Both Westminster politicians and the wider public are asking what – in practical terms – would happen if the Scots were to vote Yes. Robert Hazell offers a 10-point overview of what the road to independence might look like.
Professor Robert Hazell
9 September 2014

The truth is, Scandinavia is neither heaven nor hell

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Start: Sep 8, 2014 12:00:00 AM

The Nordic countries have received exceptionally good press in the UK - at least until earlier this year, when British travel writer and resident of Denmark, Michael Booth, claimed to dispel the of Scandinavia as the perfect place to live. Many are now confused. Is everything we believed about the social ideals of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland a lie? Well, not entirely but we’re not all drunk serial killers either.
Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen
19 August 2014

A Question of Trust

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Start: Aug 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM

The age-old question of what holds our societies together re-emerges periodically, particularly in times of crisis. In a world ever more globalised and virtual, the answer is often cast in terms of "trust", with its pivotal role as regularly called upon as its health called into question. How has trust risen to this centrality, and is it all as straightforward as it seems?
Dr Uta Staiger
13 August 2014

"A bad day for Europe"?

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Start: Jul 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Juncker’s nomination was not a sudden, not an unexpected and not even a distinct event. Neither does it spell an end to the European Council’s dominance in constitutional politics or make EU reform less likely.
Dr Christine Reh
2 July 2014

When anger masks apathy

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Start: Jun 2, 2014 12:00:00 AM

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As a closer look at the European Parliament Elections in Central and Eastern Europe suggests, it may be non-voting, rather than populist protest voting, which could prove the real long-term threat to sustainability of the EU’s troubled democratic institutions.
Dr Sean Hanley
2 June 2014

The Eighth European Parliament: More Politicisation

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Start: May 27, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Despite “shocks” & “earthquakes” that took place at the national level, the European Parliament remains mainly pro-EU. Why did the rise of Eurosceptics not make more of an impact, and what do the results mean for the 8th European Parliament?
Alexander Katsaitis
27 May 2014

No 'Camembert Fascism’: A View on the European Elections

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Start: May 27, 2014 12:00:00 AM

It is instructive to think of the European Parliament elections as not entirely unlike a pre-modern ritual that above all serves as a means to legitimise the political idea of the European Union. By any such standards, this year’s European elections were an utter failure.
Dr Daniel Siemens
27 May 2014

A "Second Invasion"?

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Start: May 21, 2014 12:00:00 AM

60 years ago this May, the first German tourists after the war were greeted with ambivalence.
Dr Julia Wagner
20 May 2014

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