Institute of Global Law

Institute of Global Law

About the Institute

University College London established its Institute of Global Law in 2000. The setting up of the Institute acknowledges the impact of law across national boundaries and the need to deepen inquiry into comparative approaches to law and legal study. The Institute also recognises that global and transnational legal issues cannot be understood without recourse to other social sciences, such as economics, sociology, anthropology or philosophy.

The logo of the Institute depicts Aristotle and Plato, the 'fathers' of the comparative study of law and political institutions from 'The School of Athens' by Raphael, part of the Stanza della Segnatura, in the Palazzi Pontifici, Vatican. The Institute has adopted as its motto St Paul's exhortation to the Thessalonians: "Probe everything and retain the best".

"Probe everything
and retain the best

St Paul's epistle to the Thessalonians

Institute News

Dec 2014 Sakharov Debate on Religion & Human Rights took place on 3 December 2014

3 December 2014, 5.30pm
followed by reception

Europe House
32 Smith Square
London SW1P 3EU

About the event
All European states currently subscribe to the notion, enshrined in Art. 9 of the European Convention of Human Rights, that we as individuals have the absolute right to hold religious beliefs and, more generally, to enjoy freedom of thought and conscience. But the extent to which we can manifest those beliefs publicly – be it through worship, teaching, symbols or dress – is more and more contested. The European Convention requires that those manifestations may only be restricted by law and where it is necessary in the interests of public safety, to protect public order, health or morals, or to protect the rights and freedoms of others. But how are we to decide what is ‘necessary’ in such cases? Can the protection of ‘common values’ fall under that category and if so, to what extent?

- Dr Myriam Hunter-Henin, UCL Laws
- Ed McMillan-Scott, Former MEP, Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
- Catriona Robertson, London Boroughs Faiths Network
- Can Yenginsu, Barrister
Chaired by Maxine Croxall, BBC News journalist






Negotiating Religion Closing Conference, 1st May, 2013 -Details at: http://negotiating-religion.eventbrite.co.uk/#

The ICLQ Lecture 2013 - Religion, Human Rights and Comparative law - 15th April 2013. Details at: http://www.biicl.org/events/view/-/id/753

Negotiating Religion Workshop - Legal Frameworks: Schools and Religious Freedom
12 June 2012 - Download the programme

IUS Commune / Institute of Global Law Lecture Series 2012
Download the programme