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The UK decision to withdraw from the EU: parliament or government?

If the principle of parliamentary sovereignty is to continue to have real meaning in Britain, the decision to leave the EU must be taken by parliament, not the government.
Piet Eeckhout
17 October 2016

Starts: Oct 17, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Does Eastern Europe have lessons for Brexit Britain?

What, if anything, can the experience of (research on) Eastern Europe say to us as we head towards Brexit? Lessons may lie above all in getting to grips with the tempo and nature of political change, its (un)predictability and likely channels.
Sean Hanley
1 August 2016

Starts: Aug 1, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Hollande's response to the Nice massacre will please only the far right

On Thursday night, for the third time since January 2015, President François Hollande was faced with a mass murder on French soil. An ashen-faced Hollande, almost looking like a broken man, appeared on television on Friday at 4am and declared: “This is undoubtedly a terrorist attack; the whole of France is under the threat of an Islamic terrorist attack”.
Philippe Marlière
18 July 2016 More...

Starts: Jul 18, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Self-Determination Processes in the EU. The Case of Catalonia

Publication date: May 16, 2013 11:19 AM

Start: Oct 25, 2013 12:00 AM
End: Oct 25, 2013 12:00 AM

25 October 2013


25 October 2013, 9am-1pm

Wilkins Old Refectory
UCL Main Building
Gower Street, WC1E 6BT

In cooperation with
Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia

Supported by
Generalitat de Catalunya
Delegation to the UK

Catalonia EU

Eventbrite - Self-determination processes in the EU. The Case of Catalonia

In recent years, several EU Member States have faced claims from one of their constituent regions to be granted the right to decide on their separation from the state - most prominently Scotland, Flanders and Catalonia. In each case, what is at the forefront of political debate is not only the constitutional possibilities that exist in each state for such a separation to come into effect in the first place. Equally at stake is the question of the putative new state's status vis-à-vis EU membership. This half-day conference will assess both implications by concentrating, albeit not exclusively, on the case of Catalonia. Public figures from the Catalan media and academia, representing different standpoints in the debate, will discuss recent efforts in Catalonia that have sought to argue for the legitimacy of a public referendum on separation. Constitutional and political experts will then assess what possibilities and constraints exist domestically for attempts at separation, not least in comparison with other cases in the EU, and the issues which arise under EU law where these are constitutionally possible within the Member State.

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  Professor Mary Fulbrook
Director, UCL European Institute
  Mr Albert Royo
General Secretary, Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia
Session 1
The Case of Catalonia
Chair Sir Stephen Wall
Chair of UCL Council
9.10am Introduction to Catalonia
  Mr Geoff Cowling
Former British Consul-General in Barcelona
Catalonia's self-determination process: a bottom-up movement?
  Professor Miquel Strubell
Chair in Multilingualism, Open University of Catalonia (UOC), co-founder of the Catalan National Assembly
followed by Q&A

9.50am What has been happening in Catalonia recently?

Mr Xavier Vidal-Folch
Journalist and former deputy editor of the Spanish newspaper El País, and correspondent in Brussels (1994-2000)
followed by Q&A

10.20am Open discussion with the public
10.30am Coffee Break
Session 2
Self-determination processes in the EU
Chair Dr Uta Staiger
Deputy Director, UCL European Institute
11am Professor Robert Hazell, Director, UCL Constitution Unit
  Professor Montserrat Guibernau, School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary, University of London
  Mr Graham Avery, C.M.G., Senior Member of St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, and Honorary Director-General of the European Commission
  Professor Sir David Edward
Professor Emeritus at the School of Law, University of Edinburgh, and former Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Communities
  followed by discussion
12.45pm Closing session
  Mr Roger Albinyana, Secretary for Foreign and European Union Affairs, Government of Catalonia
  Sir Stephen Wall, Chair of UCL Council
 1pm Lunch for all participants

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Supported by:

Delegacio GenCat UK