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The UK decision to withdraw from the EU: parliament or government?

If the principle of parliamentary sovereignty is to continue to have real meaning in Britain, the decision to leave the EU must be taken by parliament, not the government.
Piet Eeckhout
17 October 2016

Starts: Oct 17, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Does Eastern Europe have lessons for Brexit Britain?

What, if anything, can the experience of (research on) Eastern Europe say to us as we head towards Brexit? Lessons may lie above all in getting to grips with the tempo and nature of political change, its (un)predictability and likely channels.
Sean Hanley
1 August 2016

Starts: Aug 1, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Hollande's response to the Nice massacre will please only the far right

On Thursday night, for the third time since January 2015, President François Hollande was faced with a mass murder on French soil. An ashen-faced Hollande, almost looking like a broken man, appeared on television on Friday at 4am and declared: “This is undoubtedly a terrorist attack; the whole of France is under the threat of an Islamic terrorist attack”.
Philippe Marlière
18 July 2016 More...

Starts: Jul 18, 2016 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

4 December 2012, 12.00-2.30pm

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

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.