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Why we post: a global perspective on social media

How do people use social media in different parts of the world, and what are the implications? Professor Daniel Miller explains what a team of anthropologists found by sending 15 months each in nine small towns all over the world, comparing social media use. You can engage with their research through a variety of free online resources including UCL’s first massive open online course (MOOC) starting on 29th February, a series of open access books published by UCL Press, and a short video.
25 November 2015
Daniel Miller  More...

Starts: Nov 25, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Cameron - Banning Milk and Cheese

Pablo Echenique is one of the five Podemos members elected to the European Parliament in 2014, and currently running for parliament in the upcoming Spanish general election. On Monday 26 October, he was scheduled to talk at the UCL European Institute, however the event had to be cancelled when he ran into difficulties at the UK Border. Here, he explains the full story…
2 November 2015
Pablo Echenique

Starts: Nov 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Flights from Freedom

Eva Hoffman, former editor of The New York Times and Visiting Professor at the UCL European Institute, asks what propels individuals to turn to extremist movements and argues that we need to build a ‘culture of democracy’ with shared norms and ethics.
22 October 2015
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Starts: Oct 22, 2015 12:00:00 AM

European Convention on Human Rights

UCL European Institute

This section provides bibliography around one of the seminal works on international human rights law, An International Bill of the Rights of Man by Hersch Lauterpacht (first published in 1945) and its relevance for today's debates on Britain and her relationship to Europe.



The brief considers key aspects of the debate on the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and British membership thereof. It highlights the reasons for accepting the jurisdiction of the ECHR; the role of the UK in the development of the ECHR; the concerns regarding a transfer of sovereignty; the issues arising from the interpretation of the ECHR by the European Court of Human Rights; the problem of delays in the functioning of the ECHR system



I. The Book
  • Hersch Lauterpacht, An International Bill of the Rights of Man (Oxford University Press 2013)
II. Selected Reviews
  • Philip C Jessup, Book Reviews (1945) 39 American Journal of International Law 847
  • Herbert W Briggs, Book Reviews (1945-46) 31 Cornell Law Quarterly 255
III. Further literature by and on the Author
  • Elihu Lauterpacht, ‘Sir Hersch Lauterpacht: 1897-1960’ (1998) 2 European Journal of International Law 313
  • Hersch Lauterpacht, International Law and Human Rights (Stevens & Sons 1950)
  • Hersch Lauterpacht, ‘The Law of Nations, the Law of Nature, and the Rights of Man’ (1944) 29 Transactions of the Grotius Society 1
  • Hersch Lauterpacht, The Function of the Law in the International Community (Clarendon Press 1933)
  • Martti Koskenniemi, ‘The Function of Law in the International Community: 75 Years After’, Keynote Paper, 25th Anniversary Conference of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (Cambridge, 11-12 July 2008).
IV. On Britain and International Human Rights
V. News items