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In their relationship to Europe, both Britain and Romania are situated at the continent’s edge, but that is where any list of comparisons between the two countries usually ends. Certainly, both countries are members of the European Union, but their respective responses to the European Union differ markedly. Polls conducted by Eurobarometer consistently put Romanians among the most enthusiastic supporters of the European Union, and the British (along with the Greeks) among the least. But what are the historical roots of Romanian and British attitudes towards Europe and the European idea?
27 July 2015
Prof. Martyn Rady More...
Starts: Jul 27, 2015 12:00:00 AM
Young people in the UK today who are attracted to extremism are typically well educated. Given the weaknesses of this ideology in terms of its use of history, internal coherence of arguments and moral standards, its success with many educated young people requires explanation. The explanation, according to Dr. Farid, is multifaceted but education has a big role to play in curbing the trend.
2 June 2015
Dr. Farid Panjwani More...
Starts: Jun 2, 2015 12:00:00 AM
Christopher Bickerton, lecturer in Politics at the University of Cambridge, discusses how how the impending EU referendum in the UK necessitates open and unbiased academic debate, and how British discussions of EU reform may reverberate across the European continent.
15 May 2015
Dr. Christopher Bickerton More...
Starts: May 15, 2015 12:00:00 AM
The European Social Charter 50 Years On: Commitment, Interpretation and Compliance
Publication date: Apr 02, 2012 12:48 PM
Start: May 10, 2012 01:45 PM
10 May 2012
Considerable academic and public attention has been devoted to the European Convention on Human Rights in the recent years. For the most part, this has focussed on the legitimacy and purpose of judicial review of civil and political rights in the European context. Much less attention, however, has been paid to its sister human rights treaty, the European Social Charter, and the legitimacy and effectiveness of legal adjudication in the field of social rights in Europe.
The Social Charter is now fifty years old. Its adjudicatory body, the European Committee on Social Rights, has a mature roster of decisions focussing on a wide range of social and economic rights. Within the current background of economic recession and a mixed record of social rights protection in Europe, it is timely to appraise the legitimacy of social rights, the commitment of European states to respecting them, and how they are interpreted and applied.
This half-day workshop will bring together a multi-disciplinary range of academics, researchers and practitioners interested in social policy, human rights and litigation in Europe to appraise social rights in Europe and the role of the European Social Charter fifty years on.
- Why do European states commit to the Social Charter?
- Are social rights decisions implemented in Europe?
- How should social rights be interpreted in the European context of welfare states?
- Are there any tensions between the European Social Charter and the socio-economic policies being currently implemented in Europe today?
- Does Europe need judicial review of social rights?
- What is the relationship between social rights and policy in the European context?
- What is the future of the European Social Charter?
The workshop is funded under the European Institute's Small Grants Scheme 2011-12.
|13.45-14.00||Coffee and registration|
|14.00-15.45||The European Social Charter: Commitment and Interpretation 50 Years on|
|Chair:||Dr. Başak Çalı, Department of Political Science, UCL|
Iain Bryne, Amnesty International
|Colm O’Cinneide, Reader, UCL Laws, Vice President of the European Committee on Social Rights|
Niamh Casey, Secretariat, Committee on the European Social Charter, Council of Europe.
|Dr Jarna Petman, Member of the European Committee on Social Rights, Eric Castren Institute for Human Rights, University of Helsinki|
The European Social Charter in the Broader European Social Context
|Chair:||Meghna Abraham, Amnesty International|
|Speakers:||Professor Albert Weale, Department of Political Science, UCL|
|Dr. Virginia Mantouvalou, Faculty of Laws, UCL|
|Professor Aoife Nolan, Department of Law, University of Nottingham|