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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

‘Stuck in Transition’? The EBRD Transition Report 2013

Publication date: Sep 16, 2013 02:02 PM

Start: Nov 26, 2013 07:30 PM

26 November 2013
Join UCL SSEES and the European Institute for the launch of this year's EBRD Transition Report, a unique source of information on developments in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

This is a free event and all are welcome but pre-registration is essential.


When:
26 November 2013, 5.30pm

In cooperation with
UCL SSEES

Where:
Europe House
32 Smith Square
London SW1P 3EU

Registration closes
on 25 November, 11pm

Eventbrite - ‘Stuck in Transition’? The EBRD Transition Report 2013

Following publication of the annual Transition Report by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies and the UCL European Institute are organising a panel discussion involving prominent academics and politicians.

The Transition Report is a unique source of information on developments in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The latest report highlights that economic reform continues to stagnate in the transition region, as reforms face significant political, social and human capital constraints. Progress in transition across countries has been closely correlated with their political systems: more democratic countries have come further, in terms of reform, than less democratic countries. But even and especially in the more democratic countries, public opinion turned against market reform after the 2008‐09 financial crisis. This reversal may have begun to show consequences, as witnessed by an increase in the number of “downgrades” in EBRD transition indicators, particularly in EU countries, since 2010. The long-term growth forecast is also projected to be modest.

This event will present the main findings of the 2013 EBRD Transition Report, and critically examine these with a range of political and economic experts.

Chair:
Slavo Radosevic, Professor of Industry and Innovation Studies and Acting Director, UCL SSEES

Principal Presenter:
Peter Sanfey, Deputy Director of Country Strategy and Policy within the Office of the Chief Economist at the EBRD

Panellists:

  • Božidar Delić, Serbian economist and politician, Minister of Finance in the first post-Milošević government of Zoran Đinđić in 2001-2003, and Vice-President of the government from 2007 to 2011, from the list of Democratic Party.
  • Júlia Király, Professor of Economics, former Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Hungary and Member of the Monetary Council from 2007 to 2013.
  • Tomasz Mickiewicz, Professor of Comparative Economics at UCL SSEES (until 2012), currently Professor within the Economics and Strategy Group at Aston Business School.