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The doctrine of the margin of appreciation may be regarded as being among the most prominent judge-made legal constructs in European human rights jurisprudence. It is an analytical tool that guides the European Court in its examination of the complaints raised under many, but not all, provisions of the Convention and its Protocols. It makes for a body of human rights law that accepts pluralism over uniformity, as long as the fundamental guarantees are effectively observed. More...
Starts: Mar 20, 2014 6:00:00 PM
In the first ever case relating to HIV/AIDS discrimination in the workplace, I.B. v. Greece, the European Court of Human Rights held that the dismissal of an HIV-positive worker in response to workforce pressure violated human rights. The applicant was represented by the Co-Directors of the UCL Institute for Human Rights, Dr George Letsas and Dr Virginia Mantouvalou. More...
Starts: Mar 24, 2014 1:00:00 PM
Numerous countries in the world have, in one way or another, incorporated social and economic rights (SER) in their Constitutions. However, while these Constitutions look modern and rights-rich, they also look old and regressive concerning the organization of governmental power -particularly in what regards the organization of a system of checks and balances. As a consequence, a recurring problem affecting these Constitutions is the “mismatch” between their progressive, 21st century commitments concerning SER and the form of constitutional democracy inherited from the 18th century. In this presentation Roberto Gargarella will examine both the promise of the bill-of-rights sections of these renewed Constitutions and the frustrations generated by the organization-of-powers-sections of the same documents. In particular, he will show how a deliberative conception of democracy and a dialogic understanding of the system of checks and balances can help us make the promise of SER – the achievement of a just society - a reality. More...
Starts: Mar 27, 2014 6:00:00 PM
Martha Nussbaum has for many years been at the forefront in exploring the nature of the emotions, their place in a flourishing human life, and their practical significance for politics and law. In her new book, Political Emotions: Why Love Matters for Justice (Harvard University Press, 2013), she turns her attention to the emotional roots of a liberal political order. More...
Starts: May 31, 2014 10:00:00 AM
Britain & Europe Seminar Series: Refugee Protection, Migration and Human Rights in Europe: Notes from the field
Starts: Mar 4, 2014 6:00:00 PM
Starts: Mar 10, 2014 6:00:00 PM
Starts: Nov 18, 2013 12:00:00 PM
Starts: Nov 21, 2013 6:00:00 PM
"The discussion really changed my way of looking at the relationship between parliament and the courts and the role of parliament in deciding our civic duties, rather than the courts." Student
"The most sophisticated discussion I have attended on this subject." Academic
British Bill of Rights Debate, 26 Oct 2011
"A fantastic initiative. It was about time someone took the lead on this and brought together leading experts on this subject. It should form the basis of a future research program." Academic Expert
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