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From Indyref to Indignados: how passions and politics mix

As Scotland heads to the polls, this piece discusses the extent to which emotions have arrived at the heart of contemporary politics – yet we still hesitate to admit it. Emotions can neither be banished nor ignored when we discuss what constitutes political communities, how political decisions should be made and political action springs into being. Yet to embrace the rise of emotional politics without acknowledging how intimately it is and should be entangled with reason equally risks undermining just political action.
Dr Uta Staiger
18 September 2014
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Starts: Sep 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM

10 things you need to know about what will happen if Scotland votes yes

As the Scottish independence referendum draws closer the outcome is hard to predict. Both Westminster politicians and the wider public are asking what – in practical terms – would happen if the Scots were to vote Yes. Robert Hazell offers a 10-point overview of what the road to independence might look like.
Professor Robert Hazell
9 September 2014
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Starts: Sep 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM

The truth is, Scandinavia is neither heaven nor hell

The Nordic countries have received exceptionally good press in the UK - at least until earlier this year, when British travel writer and resident of Denmark, Michael Booth, claimed to dispel the of Scandinavia as the perfect place to live. Many are now confused. Is everything we believed about the social ideals of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland a lie? Well, not entirely but we’re not all drunk serial killers either.
Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen
19 August 2014 More...

Starts: Sep 8, 2014 12:00:00 AM

EU Accession to the European Convention on Human Rights

Publication date: Nov 3, 2011 10:29:13 AM

Start: Oct 14, 2012 9:00:00 AM
End: Dec 4, 2012 3:00:00 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.