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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

EI Director Richard Bellamy moves on

3 July 2013

Professor Richard Bellamy, founding Director of the UCL European Institute and Professor of Political Science in the UCL School of Public Policy, has been appointed Director of the Max Weber programme at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence.

At the EUI, he shall also be a Professor in Social and Political Sciences, with an affiliation to the Law and History departments. He will take up this position on 1 May 2014, having been granted exceptional leave from UCL in order to do so. The Max Weber Programme is the largest post doctoral programme in the human and social sciences in Europe and possibly internationally, selecting 42 fellows every year from all over the world from more than a 1000 applicants.

This will be Richard Bellamy’s third period at the EUI, having been a researcher there from 1980-82 and a Jean Monnet Fellow in 2000-2001. From September 2013 to 30 April 2014 he will be based at the Hanse Wissenschaft Kolleg in Delmenhorst, Germany, where he will be completing his Leverhulme funded project on A European Republic of States.

Richard's successor at the helm of the European Institute will be Mary Fulbrook, Professor of German History at UCL.