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The UK decision to withdraw from the EU: parliament or government?

If the principle of parliamentary sovereignty is to continue to have real meaning in Britain, the decision to leave the EU must be taken by parliament, not the government.
Piet Eeckhout
17 October 2016

Starts: Oct 17, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Does Eastern Europe have lessons for Brexit Britain?

What, if anything, can the experience of (research on) Eastern Europe say to us as we head towards Brexit? Lessons may lie above all in getting to grips with the tempo and nature of political change, its (un)predictability and likely channels.
Sean Hanley
1 August 2016

Starts: Aug 1, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Hollande's response to the Nice massacre will please only the far right

On Thursday night, for the third time since January 2015, President François Hollande was faced with a mass murder on French soil. An ashen-faced Hollande, almost looking like a broken man, appeared on television on Friday at 4am and declared: “This is undoubtedly a terrorist attack; the whole of France is under the threat of an Islamic terrorist attack”.
Philippe Marlière
18 July 2016 More...

Starts: Jul 18, 2016 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