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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

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

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