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In their relationship to Europe, both Britain and Romania are situated at the continent’s edge, but that is where any list of comparisons between the two countries usually ends. Certainly, both countries are members of the European Union, but their respective responses to the European Union differ markedly. Polls conducted by Eurobarometer consistently put Romanians among the most enthusiastic supporters of the European Union, and the British (along with the Greeks) among the least. But what are the historical roots of Romanian and British attitudes towards Europe and the European idea?
27 July 2015
Prof. Martyn Rady More...
Starts: Jul 27, 2015 12:00:00 AM
Young people in the UK today who are attracted to extremism are typically well educated. Given the weaknesses of this ideology in terms of its use of history, internal coherence of arguments and moral standards, its success with many educated young people requires explanation. The explanation, according to Dr. Farid, is multifaceted but education has a big role to play in curbing the trend.
2 June 2015
Dr. Farid Panjwani More...
Starts: Jun 2, 2015 12:00:00 AM
Christopher Bickerton, lecturer in Politics at the University of Cambridge, discusses how how the impending EU referendum in the UK necessitates open and unbiased academic debate, and how British discussions of EU reform may reverberate across the European continent.
15 May 2015
Dr. Christopher Bickerton More...
Starts: May 15, 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