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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.
23 March 2015 More...
Starts: Mar 23, 2015 12:00:00 AM
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
1 April 2015 More...
Starts: Apr 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM
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
Research on Europe at UCL
The latest (2008) Research Assessment
Exercise rated UCL as the best research university in London, and
third in the UK overall, for the number of its submissions which were
considered of ‘world-leading quality’. Over
250 academic UCL staff are engaged in research and scholarship on
European and EU related subjects across faculties, disciplines and
methodologies: from economics and political science to law; from
language, culture and history to health; from climate change and the
history of science to the built environment. Some of the key schools involved
in the research on Europe and the European Union, such as UCL’s School
of Slavonic and East European Studies, the School of Public Policy or
the Faculty of Laws, are recognised as among the leading centres for
research and teaching in their field world-wide.
Much of this research is carried out in cooperation with other European Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) – over 2800 such research collaborations with over 330 HEIs, public organisations and commercial enterprises from 34 European countries have been established under the current European Framework Programmes FP7 and the previous FP6 alone.
UCL is also dedicated to enhancing the academic, public and policy impact of its scholarship. UCL’s research strategy has identified four ‘Grand Challenges’ to address complex contemporary problems by bringing together different kinds of expertise and methodologies. The European Institute forms a part of this investment.
UCL is among others a member of the Russell Group, the European University Association, and the League of European Research Universities.