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Why we post: a global perspective on social media

How do people use social media in different parts of the world, and what are the implications? Professor Daniel Miller explains what a team of anthropologists found by sending 15 months each in nine small towns all over the world, comparing social media use. You can engage with their research through a variety of free online resources including UCL’s first massive open online course (MOOC) starting on 29th February, a series of open access books published by UCL Press, and a short video.
25 November 2015
Daniel Miller  More...

Starts: Nov 25, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Cameron - Banning Milk and Cheese

Pablo Echenique is one of the five Podemos members elected to the European Parliament in 2014, and currently running for parliament in the upcoming Spanish general election. On Monday 26 October, he was scheduled to talk at the UCL European Institute, however the event had to be cancelled when he ran into difficulties at the UK Border. Here, he explains the full story…
2 November 2015
Pablo Echenique

Starts: Nov 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Flights from Freedom

Eva Hoffman, former editor of The New York Times and Visiting Professor at the UCL European Institute, asks what propels individuals to turn to extremist movements and argues that we need to build a ‘culture of democracy’ with shared norms and ethics.
22 October 2015
Eva Hoffman More...

Starts: Oct 22, 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

Thursday, 10 May 2012

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

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

European Social Charter


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