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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: May 2, 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: May 2, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Project for Democratic Union: The Future of Ukraine Event

6 March 2014

Recent developments in the Ukraine have seen a complete reorientation of its domestic political order. Internationally the country finds itself caught between the interests and offers of its larger neighbours, the European Union to the West and Russia to the East.


In many ways the country is thus at a crossroads, with developments rapidly unfolding. At a point in time when all eyes are set on perhaps he most important political development in the post-Soviet world, the question arises as to what lies ahead for the Ukraine and its neighbours. In a panel discussion, centering on the implications of the Euromaidan developments in the Ukraine and abroad, four experts on Ukrainian, as well as Russian affairs will shed light on what lies ahead for the country and the region. The debate, chaired by the PDU’s patron Lord Anthony Giddens, will evaluate European and Russian responses to the Ukrainian crisis, and assess potentials and opportunities for a new Ukrainian government.

Speakers

  • Sir Tony Brenton: former British diplomat who, amongst many other placements throughout his career, served as the United Kingdom’s ambassador to Russia from 2004-2008. He is currently a fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge.
  • Andy Hunder: director of The Ukrainian Institute in London. His extensive knowledge and experience of the Ukrainian public sector make Hunder one of the leading experts on the country’s government relations and public affairs.
  • Anton Shekhovstsov: Ukrainian researcher at UCL's School of Slavonic and East European Studies. He is the editor of the book series "Explorations of the Far-Right", and an expert on radicalism in the Ukraine and Russia.
  • Orysia Lutsevych: research fellow in the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House. She has a wide-ranging knowledge of the Ukraine, with particular expertise in its foreign policy and relationship with the European Union, as well as domestic civil society development.

Time: 1pm-2pm, Friday 14th March 2014

Venue: Committee Room 3, House of Lords, London SW1A 0AA

To attend this event, please register at londonoffice@democraticunion.eu citing your name and affiliation.

Event weblink: The Future of Ukraine


The Project for Democratic Union (PDU) is a political think-tank which makes the case for a full political union of the Eurozone. We believe in a boldly democratic, unified Europe with a strong civil society and public sphere. Our activities range from running on- and offline campaigns to organizing academic projects and enlisting contributors of all nationalities and professional backgrounds. Managed by a group of dedicated supporters, the PDU is currently primarily based in Munich and London but has recently set up representations in Lisbon and Budapest. The PDU supports the democratic transformation and territorial integrity of Central and Eastern European states, with a perspective of successfully integrating them with the rest of the continent through the European Union and NATO.