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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

Libraries

UCL European Institute

Libraries


See below for information on UCL libraries and others in the immediate vicinity which hold specialised resources for the study of Europe and the European Union. Note that the Director of UCL Library Services, Paul Ayris, is also the President of LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries), which has 400 member libraries across Europe.

UCL Library
UCL Library Services is divided across all sites in the UCL campus, many of which are in Bloomsbury. There are 16 different libraries, and these libraries share or plan to share a common catalogue. All users of UCL Library Services have access to all UCL libraries. The largest single collection of materials for European studies is contained in the UCL Main Library, which contains material relating to the Arts and Humanities, History, Economics, Public Policy and Law.

UCL Special Collections
UCL Special Collections contains UCL's holding of rare books, manuscripts and archives which form UCL's most valuable holdings from a cultural and academic perspective. It is one of the foremost collections held by any university in the UK.

For libraries and archives across Europe holding specialised resources for the study of the EU, as well as extensive online resources, please see our EU Resource Area.

Libraries List


UCL SSEES Library
This library, housed in the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies Library, is one of the leading collections for reaching and research in the study of Central and Eastern Europe and Russia. Its collections comprise almost 400,000 printed volumes, two thirds of which are on Open Access, and extensive archive and audiovisual holdings.

The British Library
The British Library, one of the world's great research libraries, holds over 150 million books, journals, manuscripts, maps, newspapers, prints and drawings, music scores, and patents. Located in Euston Road, it is within 20 minutes walk of UCL's Bloomsbury campus.

Senate House Library and University of London Research Library Services
All UCL students on degree courses, and all UCL staff, have full access to Senate House Library. This library, along with the Institute libraries of the School of Advanced Studies, have very important research collections in the Arts and Humanities.

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Europeana Travel
Europeana Travel is an EU-funded project that will channel digital content from Europe's national and university libraries into the European discovery portal Europeana.eu. 

It will digitise over a million resources including maps, manuscripts, photos, films, books and postcards on the themes of travel, tourism, trade routes and exploration.

UCL's close involvement with Europeana includes liaising with partner libraries across Europe and spearheading the creation of an aggregation service to allow partners' digital content to be harvested into Europeana. In addition, UCL is contributing content to EuropeanaTravel by digitising highlights from the special collections of its School of Slavonic and East European Languages.