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An interview with the President of the European Court of Human Rights

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.
Dean Spielmann
23 March 2015 More...

Starts: Mar 23, 2015 12:00:00 AM

In Defence of Rights

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 
Helena Kennedy
1 April 2015 More...

Starts: Apr 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Exploring ‘Exploratory Governance': the Hertie Governance Report 2015

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

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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