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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.
23 March 2015 More...
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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
1 April 2015 More...
Starts: Apr 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM
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
European Convention on Human Rights
|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.|
1. POLICY BRIEFING
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
2. BIBLIOGRAPHY AND ONLINE RESOURCES
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
Commission on a Bill of Rights, A UK Bill of Rights? The Choice Before Us, Volume 1, 18 December 2012
- See especially: Baroness Kennedy QC and Professor Philippe Sands QC, ‘In Defence of Rights’, in Commission on a Bill of Rights, ibid 222.
- Tom McNally, ‘European Convention on Human Rights is Part of Britain's DNA’, The Guardian, 21 November 2010
- AW Brian Simpson, Human Rights and the End of Empire: Britain and the Genesis of the European Convention (OUP 2001)
V. News items
- ‘Lord McNally: Coalition Will Never Abolish Human Rights Norms’, The Telegraph, 18 September 2013
- BBC News, British Bill of Rights commission fails to reach agreement, 12 December 2012