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Resources 

COMMENTS 

The rights & responsibilities of the university sector in the EU referendum debate

In this commentary, Lucy Shacketon outlines why UK universities have both the right and the responsibility to inform and influence the referendum debate. 
3 August 2015 
Lucy Shackleton More...

Starts: Aug 3, 2015 12:00:00 AM

At the Edges of Europe: Britain, Romania and European Identities

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

Extremism disenchanted: what role can education play?

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

Policy Briefings

UCL European Institute

POLICY BRIEFING 1: Referendum (EU Act 2011)

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The brief discusses the changes brought about by the EU Act 2011, in relation to Britain’s position in and attitude towards, the European Union. It considers in particular:
• The referendum provisions of the EUA;
• Referenda and UK constitutional law;
• The role of referenda in democratic deliberation

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POLICY BRIEFING 2: European Convention on Human Rights

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The brief considers key aspects of the debate on the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and British membership thereof. It highlights in particular:
• 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;
• Issues with the interpretation of the Convention by the Court;
• The problem of delays in the functioning of the ECHR system

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POLICY BRIEFING 3: The Single Market

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This policy briefing discusses key issues in the governance of the single market and the relevance of the Balance of Competences Review on the single market, released by the UK government in July 2013. It highlights:
• The constitutional issues that the single market raises;
• The new modes of governance of the single market
• The UK government’s Single Market Review

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POLICY BRIEFING 4: European Economic and Monetary Union

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This briefing considers the governance of economic and monetary union (EMU). In particular, it explores:
• The current state of EU competences linked to EMU
• The use of instruments outside the EU framework
• The role of EU institutions
• The implications of banking union

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POLICY BRIEFING 5: Refugee Protection, Migration and Human Rights

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This policy briefing discusses key practical aspects of refugee protection, as well as questions of racism and xenophobia in Europe. In particular, it addresses:
• The lack of coordinated action on refugees in Europe
• EU asylum policy, in particular the Dublin regulation1
• The inadequacy of Europe’s responses to the Syrian crisis
• The need to consider human rights in discussing migration
• The impact of racism and xenophobia on migration debates

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POLICY BRIEFING 6: The Margin of Appreciation

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This policy briefing discusses the margin of appreciation doctrine; a very prominent instrument which is used to allow states room for manoeuver in the manner in which they apply some of the provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights. This policy briefing provides an overview of:
• The content and functions of the doctrine;
• Its origins in the European Court of Human Rights' case law;
• The likely future of the margin of appreciation doctrine

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POLICY BRIEFING 7: EU Social Policy

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In recent years, the European social model has faced unprecedented challenges, such as increasing austerity in public spending, severe welfare cuts, and rising youth unemployment. This policy briefing provides an overview of:
• The European social model following the financial crisis;
• The strengths of the European social model and EU social policy;
• The prospects for strengthening European social policy

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