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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.
23 March 2015 More...
Starts: Mar 23, 2015 12:00:00 AM
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
1 April 2015 More...
Starts: Apr 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM
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
Slavoj Žižek and Srećko Horvat: What Does Europe Want?
Publication date: Nov 13, 2013 04:48 PM
Start: Nov 26, 2013 07:00 PM
26 November 2013, 7-9pm
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This public debate with two irreverent philosophers follows the recent publication of their jointly authored book:
“Instead of a peace-project, the European Union is increasingly turning into a warzone: whether it be the expulsion of immigrants or riots in Paris and London, or European interventions to bring “more democracy” to Libya or Syria. But instead of leaving Europe to the enemies, Žižek and Horvat reflect on the fight for a different Idea of Europe.” (Istros Books, 2013)
Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. His books include The Sublime Object of Ideology (Verso, 1989), Looking Awry: An Introduction to Jacques Lacan through Popular Culture (MIT Press, 1991), The Metastases of Enjoyment: Six. Essays on Woman and Causality (Verso, 1994), The Fragile Absolute, or Why the Christian Legacy is Worth Fighting For (Verso, 2000), The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity (MIT Press, 2002) On Practice and Contradiction (Revolution!) with Mao Zedong (Verso, 2007), Philosophy in the Present with Alain Badiou (Polity Press, 2010), The Year of Dreaming Dangerously (Verso, 2012), Less Than Nothing (Verso, 2013).
Srećko Horvat is a philosopher from Croatia. He is the author of After the End of History. From the Arab Spring to the Occupy Movement (Laika Verlag, Germany, 2013), a regular contributor to The Guardian and was one of the leaders of the Subversive Festival.
Chair: Dr Bojan Aleksov (SSEES)
The discussion follows the publication of the jointly authored book under the same title with Istros Books.