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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

EU Public Policy Series: Martin Porter on Trust in Europe

Publication date: Feb 24, 2012 12:14 PM

Start: Mar 19, 2012 12:00 AM

19 March 2012

Date and time:
Mon, 19 March, 6pm

Venue:
Sir David Davies Lecture Theatre
UCL Roberts Building
Torrington Place
London WC1E 7JE

Registration here.

Organised in cooperation with UCL Public Policy.

Martin Porter

‘Trust in Europe during a Time of Crisis’

With one of the most tumultuous years in European affairs now just behind us, the challenges facing Europe today remain arguably as great as any faced in the history of the EU.  Against this backdrop, the lecture will draw on the most recent opinion survey data from an annual survey by Edelman on the state of trust between four major constituencies - Government, Business, NGOs and the media – and examine what these findings means for the way in which each needs to understand the others, and how to engage with them as a result.  It will also consider some specific implications for the European Union, its policy-making and institutions, and the conduct of public affairs in it, during such a time of crisis of confidence.

Speakers

  • Martin Porter, Managing Director, Edelman The Centre
  • Discussant: Professor Richard Bellamy, UCL Europe Institute

The event will be chaired by Professor David Coen, UCL School of Public Policy

Biography

Martin Porter is Managing Director of Edelman | The Centre and was a co-founder of The Centre before it joined the Edelman network in 2010. He is closely involved and highly active in its consulting activities, where he specialises in strategic advice and high-level ‘public engagement’ support especially in areas related to the low carbon economy, sustainability and risk management issues.

His track record during his 15 years of EU public affairs activity in Brussels includes advocacy and communications campaign design and support to companies, associations, coalitions, NGOs and governments involved in the above areas to created shared value outcomes that deliver public goods as well as private enterprise benefits.

With a Doctorate in Political Science from the University of Bath and a first class joint honours degree in Modern Languages and European Studies from the same university, he is also a visiting fellow of the School of Public Policy at UCL and a Senior Associate of the Cambridge University Programme for Sustainability Leadership.

A British national, he speaks English and French fluently, with conversational Italian and German.  Married to another graduate of Bath University, Nikki Pattison (who is half British, half Austrian), with whom he has three children, he is a constructively critical, pro-European Liberal Democrat who lives by the motto ‘healthy body, healthy mind’ – combining a love of many sports and ‘the great outdoors’ with a passion for learning, reading, teaching and enjoying others’ company, especially where fine food and drink are involved.