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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

Interdisciplinary Views on Political Representation in the UK

Publication date: Sep 27, 2012 07:39 PM

Start: May 21, 2012 12:00 AM
End: Oct 30, 2012 12:00 AM

Dr Sandra Kröger

August 2012

Dr Sandra Kroger

“Not all observers would share the view that the current European crisis is as much a crisis of politics as economics.  Yet it is fair to assume that the EU is currently undergoing a severe political crisis.  This crisis relates as much to the democratic legitimacy of its institutions as it does to their broader social legitimacy and that of the European project as such” (Kröger, 2012).

This working paper edited by Dr. Sarah Kröger (Marie Curie Fellow, Exeter) takes an interdisciplinary view on the current European crisis and what it means for the EU’s legitimacy.  Has the “democratic deficit” increased as a result of the crisis, is it an overstatement, does it exist?  If yes, how to deal with it? More than thirty academics, researchers and policymakers across Europe provide their opinion on the subject over a straightforward set of Q&A.  Different disciplinary, methodological but also political views provide an in depth perspective on the question of the European crisis and the democratic deficit.