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A Question of Trust

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

"A bad day for Europe"?

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

When anger masks apathy

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 More...

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

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

Publication date: May 16, 2013 11:19:46 AM

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

25 October 2013

LIVE STREAM

When:
25 October 2013, 9am-1pm

Where:
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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Programme:
9am:
Welcome
  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
9.20am
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

In cooperation with:

Diplocat

Supported by:

Delegacio GenCat UK