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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: Apr 1, 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: Apr 14, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Unity in Diversity as Europe’s Vocation and Conflicts Law as Europe’s Constitutional Form

Publication date: Jan 18, 2012 07:25 PM

Start: May 21, 2013 12:00 AM
End: May 21, 2013 12:00 AM

21 May 2013

When:
21 May 2013, 6.00pm

Where:
The Council Room
School of Public Policy
The Rubin Building
29/30 Tavistock Square
London WC1H 9QU

This event will be followed by a reception in the Committee Room (SPP)

Christian Jeorges
Eventbrite - Unity in Diversity as Europe’s Vocation and Conflicts Law as Europe’s Constitutional Form

Speaker:
Prof Christian Joerges (Hertie School of Governance)

Discussant:
Prof Piet Eeckhout (UCL Laws)
Prof Richard Bellamy (UCL European Institute and SPP)

Chair:
Prof Albert Weale (UCL School of Public Policy)


“Unity in Diversity” was the fortunate motto of the ill-fated Draft Constitutional Treaty. This motto deserves to be kept alive, despite this failure and even more so under the impression of the present all too rash claims for centralising moves outside cumbersome treaty amendment procedures. It seems even safe to say that the challenges that it articulates have become even more obvious: The Member States of the European Union are no longer autonomous but in many ways, inter-dependent and hence depend upon co-operation. And yet, this interdependence contrasts strikingly with an ever greater socio-economic diversity, new schisms between Eurozone countries and other members of the Union, conflicts between north and south, creditors and debtors.

In view of the diversity in the histories of European democracies, their uneven potential and/or willingness to pursue objectives of distributional justice, their different memories of economic and financial crises, differentiating answers suggest themselves. The sustainability of the whole European project seems to depend upon the construction and institutionalisation of a “third way” between or beyond the defence of the nation state, on the one hand, and federalist or quasi-federalist ambitions, on the other.

Conflicts-law constitutionalism is the third way which this talk will explore and defend.

There is also a Masterclass with Prof Christian Joerges on 22 May

Biography:

Christian Joerges is Professor of Law and Society at the Hertie School of Governance. His research focuses on European and international economic law, risk regulation within the EU and in international trade relations, particularly the legitimacy problems of pertinent governance arrangements and practices. His seminal book discussed the “Darker Legacies of Law in Europe” (2003). In addition to his professorship at Hertie School, he is committed as Research Professor at the Law Faculty of Bremen University and Co-Director of the Centre of European Law and Politics. Until 2007 he held the chair for European Economic Law at the European University Institute Florence.  He was a Visiting Professor at Trento, Italy; Birkbeck University College, London; the University of Toronto, New York University Law School and Columbia Law School. He has been a fellow at the Institutes for Advanced Study in Berlin and Wassenaar. In 2009 he was awarded an  honorary doctorate from the University Freiburg. He is the co-editor of the European Law Journal. Review of European Law in Context and a member of the Programmatic Steering Board of the Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (HiiL).


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