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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

Publication: The Eurozone and the Democratic Deficit

17 February 2014

With contributions by Richard Bellamy, Francis Cheneval, Pavlos Eleftheriadis, Ulrike Guérot, Kalypso Nicolaïdis, Philippe van Parijs and Andrew Walton.


Publication: The Eurozone and the Democratic Deficit

The Eurozone Crisis and the Democratic Deficit (2013)
ed. by Richard Bellamy and Uta Staiger

21 pages

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As EU institutions have expanded their competences into areas directly affecting national sovereignty, so have concerns over its alleged ‘democratic deficit’ deepened.The Eurozone crisis has arguably taken these concerns to a new level, given that most policy responses to date have privileged executive decisions over parliamentary scrutiny, technocratic solutions over democratic accountability. The crisis has thereby also contributed to rising public disillusionment with established political systems at all levels. Historically, economic downturns may always have affected public confidence – but is the Eurozone crisis eroding trust in the Union in an unprecedented manner? And, if so, is political union the source of the problem or its solution?

Contents:

THE DEMOCRATIC DEFICIT, SOCIAL JUSTICE AND THE EUROZONE CRISIS
Richard Bellamy

DEMOCRATIC ACCOUNTABILITY FOR A MONETARY UNION
Pavlos Eleftheriadis

SOLIDARITY, DEMOCRACY AND THE EUROCRISIS
Ulrike Guérot

OF BREAD, GAMES AND GLADIATORS. WHY MAGIC BULLETS WILL NOT PLACATE EU CITIZENS AND WHY WE SHOULD NURTURE A EUROPEAN DEMOICRACY INSTEAD
Kalypso Nicolaidis

THE DEMOCRATIC LEGITIMACY OF THE EU:
IS FEDERALISM THE SOLUTION OR THE PROBLEM?
Francis Cheneval

THE EURODIVIDEND
Philippe Van Parijs

FEDERALISM, PAN-EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, AND AGAINST ARTICLE 50:
A COMMENT ON THE EU’S DEMOCRATIC DEFICIT
Andrew Walton