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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
Starts: Aug 13, 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
Starts: Jul 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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
long-term threat to sustainability of the EU’s troubled democratic
Dr Sean Hanley
2 June 2014 More...
Starts: Jun 2, 2014 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 11:19:46 AM
Oct 8, 2013 12:00:00 AM
End: Oct 8, 2013 12:00:00 AM
Britain & Europe Series. 8 October 2013
- 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.
This series is in association with UCL Laws and the UCL Institute for Human Rights.