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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

UCL academics receive awards in Queen's Birthday Honours list

18 June 2013

Congratulations to Prof Albert Weale, Prof Sir Malcom Grant, and several others.



Albert Weale, Professor of Political Theory and Public Policy at UCL since 2010, and frequent collaborator with the UCL European Institute, has been awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for services to Political Science.

Currently holding an ESRC Professorial Fellowship in 'Social Contract, Deliberative Democracy and Public Policy' at the UCL School of Public Policy, he has not only had an extraordinarily distinguished academic career, but also always sought to combine academic thinking about key political and policy concepts with involvement in current policy deliberation.

As such, he has among others had a particular interest in understanding the democratic deficit of the European Union. Building upon two jointly edited volumes on citizenship, democracy and legitimacy in the European Union, he published Democratic Citizenship and the European Union (Manchester University Press) in 2005. He has also published on comparative environmental policy in Europe, most recently with Environmental Governance in Europe: An Ever Closer Ecological Union?, with G. Pridham, M. Cini, D. Konstadakopulos, M. Porter and B. Flynn (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000).

Albert was joined on the Queen's Birthday Honours List by several other members of UCL, not least UCL's President and Provost Professor Sir Malcolm Grant, who has been knighted for services to Higher Education.

Our warmest congratulations.