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COMMENTS 

The rights & responsibilities of the university sector in the EU referendum debate

In this commentary, Lucy Shacketon outlines why UK universities have both the right and the responsibility to inform and influence the referendum debate. 
3 August 2015 
Lucy Shackleton More...

Starts: Aug 3, 2015 12:00:00 AM

At the Edges of Europe: Britain, Romania and European Identities

In their relationship to Europe, both Britain and Romania are situated at the continent’s edge, but that is where any list of comparisons between the two countries usually ends. Certainly, both countries are members of the European Union, but their respective responses to the European Union differ markedly. Polls conducted by Eurobarometer consistently put Romanians among the most enthusiastic supporters of the European Union, and the British (along with the Greeks) among the least. But what are the historical roots of Romanian and British attitudes towards Europe and the European idea?
27 July 2015
Prof. Martyn Rady More...

Starts: Jul 27, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Extremism disenchanted: what role can education play?

Young people in the UK today who are attracted to extremism are typically well educated. Given the weaknesses of this ideology in terms of its use of history, internal coherence of arguments and moral standards, its success with many educated young people requires explanation. The explanation, according to Dr. Farid, is multifaceted but education has a big role to play in curbing the trend.
2 June 2015
Dr. Farid Panjwani More...

Starts: Jun 2, 2015 12:00:00 AM

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

Publication date: May 16, 2013 11:19 AM

Start: Oct 08, 2013 12:00 AM
End: Oct 08, 2013 12:00 AM

Britain & Europe Series. 8 October 2013

When
8 October 2013, 6-7.30pm

Where:
UCL Faculty of Laws Moot Court
Bentham House
Endsleigh Gardens
WC1H 0EG London

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Britain & Europe Series

Eventbrite - Britain & Europe Seminar Series: 'Your power to veto EU changes'? Implications of the referendum provisions in the European Union Act 2011


Speakers:

  • Professor Paul Craig, Professor of English Law and Fellow of St. John's College, Oxford
  • Professor Robert Hazell, Professor of British Politics & Government, and Director of the Constitution Unit, UCL
  • Professor Stephen Tierney, Professor of Constitutional Theory, University of Edinburgh,Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law and Constitutional Adviser to the Scottish Parliament Referendum Bill Committee
  • Chaired by Dr Jeff King, Senior Lecturer in Law, UCL

The UK's European Union Act 2011 has instituted procedures designed to curtail the ability of Ministers and of the UK Parliament itself to approve certain decisions involving the extension or alteration of EU treaty rights or powers, or the taking of EU decisions under existing powers, unless such action is supported by a popular UK-wide referendum. As Foreign Secretary William Hague put it, “Now you have the power to veto EU changes”. These 'referendum lock' provisions have implications for the British constitution as well as for the UK's role in the EU.  Three of Britain's leading constitutional and EU law scholars will discuss these implications in a stimulating debate, with considerable time devoted to discussion afterwards.  Scholars, students, and members of the public are most welcome to the lecture and drinks afterwards.


About the Series Britain & Europe

The relationship between Britain and Europe is a highly contested issue that dominates political and academic debates. The UCL 'Britain and Europe' seminar series examines the relationship between the United Kingdom, and both the European Union and the Council of Europe. The aim of the series is to discuss important policy issues, with a special focus on their legal dimension. Topics to be addressed include the EU referendum, immigration, human rights, competition policy and taxation.

The series is convened by Prof Piet Eeckhout and Dr Virginia Mantouvalou (UCL Laws).

This series is in association with UCL Laws and the UCL Institute for Human Rights.

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