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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

Sherlock Holmes - Past and Present

Publication date: Jan 29, 2013 12:00 AM

Start: Jun 21, 2013 12:00 AM
End: Jun 22, 2013 09:00 PM

 21-22 June 2013

When
21-22 June 2013

Where
Senate  House
Institute of English Studies

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Sherlock Holmes: Past and Present

This conference brings together academics, enthusiasts, creative practitioners, and popular writers in a shared discussion about the cultural legacy of Sherlock Holmes. The Strand Magazine and the Sherlock Holmes stories contribute one of the most enduring paradigms for the production and consumption of popular culture in the twentieth- and the twenty-first centuries. The stories precipitated a burgeoning fan culture including various kinds of participation, wiki and crowd-sourcing, fan-fiction, virtual realities and role-play gaming. All of these had existed before but they were solidified, magnified and united by Sherlockians and Holmesians in entirely new ways and on scales never seen before. All popular culture phenomena that followed shared Holmes’ viral pattern.

This project examines the historical intricacies of Holmesian fandom as well as offering a wide variety of perspectives upon its newest manifestations. The national and international relations that Holmes, his creator, and their contemporary readers witness and the permutations of these concepts in adaptations make Holmes as a case study particularly important and timely for our understanding of the historical and contemporary issues relating to Europe and the European Union. This forum encourages the participation of UCL students and scholars, and readers in London and abroad, with interests in late-Victorian and Edwardian writing, European history, comparative literature, and/or cultural studies. Our goals are to celebrate Conan Doyle’s achievement, to explore some of the reasons behind Holmes’ enduring popularity across different cultures, media, and geographical spaces, and to investigate new directions in Holmes’ afterlife.

The principal organisers are Dr Jonathan Cranfield (Liverpool John Moores), Tom Ue (PhD Candidate, Department of English Language and Literature; Administrative Assistant, The Bentham Project, Faculty of Laws; Editor, Opticon1826), and Marlies Gabriele Prinzl (PhD Candidate, Centre for Intercultural Studies; Editor-in-Chief, Opticon1826), and the keynote speakers, Dr David Grylls (Oxford) and Professor Douglas Kerr (Hong Kong).

This conference precedes Holmes’ 160th birthday in 2014, and it will launch a new volume of essays on Holmes co-edited by Dr Cranfield and Ue.

This project is supported by UCL European Institute's call for proposals 2012-13