Welcome to the UCL European Institute, UCL's hub for research, collaboration and information on Europe and the European Union.

Contact us

16 Taviton St
London
WC1H 0BW
+44 (0) 207 679 8737
european.institute@ucl.ac.uk

How to find us >>

trans32.pngtrans32.pngtrans32.pngtrans32.png

COMMENTS 

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

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 More...

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

In Defence of Rights

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 More...

Starts: Apr 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Exploring ‘Exploratory Governance': the Hertie Governance Report 2015

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 More...

Starts: Apr 14, 2015 12:00:00 AM

EU Trade Commissioner speaks on EU-US trade negotiations

Publication date: Jan 20, 2014 11:47 AM

Start: Feb 21, 2014 12:00 AM

Britain & Europe Series
21 February 2014
Karel de Gucht to speak on "Making the most of Europe – the EU's common commercial policy as a driver for growth".

When:

21 February 2014

11.00am


Where:

UCL Faculty of Laws
Denys Holland Lecture Theatre
Bentham House (Graduate Wing)
Endsleigh Gardens
WC1H 0EG

Eventbrite - Britain & Europe Seminar Series: Making the most of Europe - the EU's common commercial policy as a driver for growth

EU Commissioner De Gucht will address the benefits of EU membership when it comes to international trade negotiations. He will speak about the EU's trade agenda, and what has been achieved over the last four years. He will also update us on the current EU-US trade and investment negotiations. The recent media controversy over investment protection negotiations (read e.g. George Monbiot in the The Guardian, 2 December 2013) will be addressed straight on.

The event will be chaired by Sir Stephen Wall, Chair of UCL Council and of the UCL EI advisory board.

The event is part of our Britain and Europe series.

About the speaker:

Karel de Gucht is the European Commissioner for Trade since 2010. Previously, he was Commissioner for Development & Humanitarian Aid (2009-10) and Belgium's Minister of Foreign Affairs (2004-09). He was a member of the European Parliament (1995-99) and a member of the Flemish Parliament (for the Flemish Liberals and Democrats, VLD), 1999-2003.

As Commissioner for Trade, his role includes work on the Doha trade round and the conclusion of free Trade Agreements, coordinating the Trans-Atlantic Economic Council with the US and the High Level Economic Dialogue with China, and strengthening economic relations with other strategic trade partners.