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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: May 2, 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: May 2, 2015 12:00:00 AM

EU Accession to the European Convention on Human Rights

Publication date: Nov 03, 2011 10:29 AM

Start: Oct 14, 2012 09:00 AM
End: Dec 04, 2012 03:00 PM

4 December 2012

When
4 December 2012, 12.00-2.30pm

Where
Open Society European Policy Institute
Rue d’Idalie 9-13
1050 Brussels

Registration
Please register below, limited seats available!

EU Accession

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.

 Panel Members
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
Nuala Mole
Director of the AIRE Centre (Advice on individual rights in Europe)
Robert Weiss
Legal Adviser, Permanent Representation of Austria to the EU


A light lunch will be provided.

RSVP | Tarana.ahmadova@opensocietyfoundations.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.


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With the support of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union.