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'Highly problematic, to put it mildly'

Deciphering the Conservative Party’s proposals for a new ‘British Bill of Rights’ is not an easy task, as the eight-page policy document is riddled with errors, distortions and imprecise language. What is more, their two main policy aims are highly problematic, argues
Colm O'Cinneide
9 October 2014
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Starts: Oct 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM

UK & EU: New Faces, Old Problems?

The row between Britain and its allies that accompanied the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker as the new Commission President was seen by some as an effective short-term tactic from David Cameron. But the ‘Juncker bounce’ was short-lived and left Cameron in a long-term strategic pickle.
Paola Buonadonna
6 October 2014
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Starts: Oct 6, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Five lessons of the Juncker Affair

It is now three months since Jean-Claude Juncker was elected President of the Commission, against the express wishes of the British and Hungarian governments.  What lessons can we draw from this episode about British attitudes to the European Union?
6 October 2014
Prof Michael Shackleton
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Starts: Oct 6, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Promoting LGBT rights at home and abroad: the role of the EU

Publication date: Oct 16, 2013 1:07:47 PM

Start: Dec 6, 2013 12:00:00 AM

TODAY: 6 December 2013. This year's Sakharov Debate

When:
6 December 2013
5pm

Where:
Europe House
32 Smith Square
London SW1P 3EU

 
Eventbrite - Promoting LGBT rights at home and abroad: the role of the EU

The 2013 Sakharov Debate aims to critically examine the state of LGBT rights in Europe, with a particular focus on the role of the EU in promoting same-sex equality among EU member-states and in states outside the EU.

As in previous years, this event is organised jointly by the European Parliament UK Office and the UCL European Institute.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in June 2011 that 'acts of violence committed against individuals because of their sexual orientation and gender identity’ was ‘an attack on the universal values that the United Nations and I have sworn to defend and uphold’.

While respecting LGBT rights is promoted by the UN as a universal value, this view is far from being universally accepted.

Europe has emerged as a world-leader in terms of the respect for and protection of LGBT rights. Especially since the inclusion of sexual orientation in the equalities agenda of the European Union through Article 13 of the Amsterdam Treaty, there has been increased pressure at the European level for the existing members and accession states to promote the equal rights of their LGBT citizens.

Despite similar top-down pressure, however, the legal situation for LGBT people differs markedly from state to state in terms of the type and extent of the rights accorded or indeed whether rights have been accorded at all.While there has been a general improvement in most European legal systems at the national, supranational and international levels, some states, such as Italy and Poland, have experienced only a minimal improvement, while others, such as Russia, seem to be moving in the opposite direction compared with the rest of the continent.

Confirmed speakers include:

Chair: Patrick Strudwick (journalist)

Welcome: Sir Stephen Wall (UCL Council, former UK Permanent Representative to the EU)