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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

Britain and Europe

UCL European Institute

The relationship between Britain and Europe is a highly contested issue that dominates political and academic debates. In 2013-14, as part of a pilot project at UCL which examined the relationship between the United Kingdom and both the EU and the Council of Europe, we collated up to date information on a range of important policy issues.

The series was convened by Prof Piet Eeckhout and Dr Virginia Mantouvalou (UCL Laws). It was run by UCL Laws in association with the UCL European Institute and the UCL Institute for Human Rights. The series received generous support from the UCL Grand Challenge of Intercultural Interaction.


POLICY BRIEFINGS

Click here to download policy briefs of the key topics covered by the project.


BIBLIOGRAPHY AND ONLINE RESOURCES

Browse our extensive lists of bibliography, online resources and policy briefs on the following specialist subjects:

  1. EU Referendum
  2. Human Rights
  3. The Single Market
  4. Tax
  5. EU-US Trade Relations
  6. Refugee Protection, migration, human rights
  7. EMU governance, EU citizenship, procurement
  8. The Margin of Appreciation
  9. EU Social Policy

COMMENTS

Lord Sumption's attack on Strasbourg: More than Political Rhetoric?
We all agree that judges, in promoting the values of democracy and human rights, must not usurp the functions of parliament. But Lord Sumption’s attack on the Strasbourg Court was based on question-begging arguments that failed to address the substance of the issues involved.
Dr George Letsas
December 2013


EVENTS

The project included a series of high-profile lectures, panel discussions and seminars that took place during 2013-14.


'Your power to veto EU changes'? Implications of the referendum provisions in the European Union Act 2011
8 October 2013


An International Bill of Rights of Man: Where Next?
31 October 2013


The Single Market & liberalisation, harmonisation and mutual recognition: Time to rethink the balance of competences between the EU and the member states?
27 November 2013


Recovering Overpaid tax: The Shifting role of the ECJ
11 February 2014


EU Trade Commissioner speaks on EU-US trade negotiations
21 February 2014


Commissioner for Human Rights at the Council of Europe to speak on Refugee Protection, Migration and Human Rights in Europe
4 March 2014


EMU Governance, EU citizenship and public procurement
18 March 2014


Dean Spielmann: Whither the margin of appreciation?
20 March 2014


EU Social Policy
8 May 2014