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A Question of Trust

The age-old question of what holds our societies together re-emerges periodically, particularly in times of crisis. In a world ever more globalised and virtual, the answer is often cast in terms of "trust", with its pivotal role as regularly called upon as its health called into question. How has trust risen to this centrality, and is it all as straightforward as it seems?
Dr Uta Staiger
13 August 2014
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Starts: Aug 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM

"A bad day for Europe"?

Juncker’s nomination was not a sudden, not an unexpected and not even a distinct event. Neither does it spell an end to the European Council’s dominance in constitutional politics or make EU reform less likely.
Dr Christine Reh
2 July 2014
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Starts: Jul 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM

When anger masks apathy

As a closer look at the European Parliament Elections in Central and Eastern Europe suggests, it may be non-voting, rather than populist protest voting, which could prove the real long-term threat to sustainability of the EU’s troubled democratic institutions.
Dr Sean Hanley
2 June 2014 More...

Starts: Jun 2, 2014 12:00:00 AM

The European Social Charter 50 Years On: Commitment, Interpretation and Compliance

Publication date: Apr 2, 2012 12:48:08 PM

Start: May 10, 2012 1:45:00 PM

10 May 2012

Date:
Thursday, 10 May 2012

Venue:
School of Public Policy Council Room
Rubin Building
29-30 Tavistock Square
London WC1H 9QU

Registration:
Spaces are limited. Contact
Dr. Başak Çalı by 1 May 2012 to book your place.

European Social Charter
 

Workshop

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.

 

Workshop Programme

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
Speakers: 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 
15.45-16.00 Coffee break
16.00-17.45 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
17.45-18.15 Drinks reception