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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
Starts: Aug 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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
Starts: Jul 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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
long-term threat to sustainability of the EU’s troubled democratic
Dr Sean Hanley
2 June 2014 More...
Starts: Jun 2, 2014 12:00:00 AM
EU Accession to the European Convention on Human Rights
Publication date: Nov 3, 2011 10:29:13 AM
Oct 14, 2012 9:00:00 AM
End: Dec 4, 2012 3:00:00 PM
4 December 2012
The accession of the European Union to the European Convention on Human Rights offers enhanced protection for fundamental rights, in particular by creating accountability for the EU before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). It may also result in EU policy being oriented more towards human rights promotion, in light of the positive obligations imposed by the convention. At the same time it raises questions about the relationship between the Strasbourg and Luxembourg courts, as well as the relationship between the EU, its Member States, and the ECtHR.
The Open Society European Policy Institute, in collaboration with University College London’s European Institute, is pleased to invite you to an event gathering representatives from the Council of Europe, European Union and its Member States, civil society organisations and academic commentators to discuss the legal and political implications of the EU’s accession to the ECHR. The meeting will explore these institutional, procedural and substantive questions:
- What kind of accession agreement is likely to emerge from the resumed negotiations between the EU and the Council of Europe?
- How will the rules regulating the EU’s internal procedures affect the way that the EU and its Member States are represented as co-respondents in cases before the ECtHR?
- Should complaints between the EU and Member States be excluded from the remit of the ECtHR?
- What will the relationship be between the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) and the ECtHR?
- To what extent, if at all, will the autonomy of the EU legal order and the CJEU be affected?
- Will accession move the EU from a ‘Europe of markets’ to a ‘Europe of rights’?
- How will accession affect the position of the Charter of Fundamental Rights, and can tensions be expected between the Convention and the Charter?
A series of short presentations by panellists will be followed by an open Q&A. The meeting will be held under the Chatham House Rule to encourage an open and frank debate. We expect a short briefing paper drawing on issues raised by the discussion to follow.
|Dr. Basak Cali||Senior Lecturer in Human Rights, University College London|
|Professor Johan Callewaert||Deputy Grand Chamber Registrar European Court of Human Rights|
|Dr. Hannes Kraemer||Legal Service, European Commission|
Dr. Tobias Lock
||Reader in Human Rights Law, University of Surrey|
||Director of the AIRE Centre (Advice on individual rights in Europe)|
||Legal Adviser, Permanent Representation of Austria to the EU|
A light lunch will be provided.
RSVP | Tarana.firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 23rd November.
Please note that there is limited availability of places. Participation is by invitation only.
Supported by The Open Society European Policy Institute.
With the support of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union.