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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
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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

Policy Briefings

UCL European Institute

POLICY BRIEFING 1: Referendum (EU Act 2011)


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


POLICY BRIEFING 2: European Convention on Human Rights


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


POLICY BRIEFING 3: The Single Market


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


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


POLICY BRIEFING 5: Refugee Protection, Migration and Human Rights


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


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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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