Dr Virginia Mantouvalou quoted in The Times following Sakharov debate on rights of EU citizens
7 December 2016
Dr Virginia Mantouvalou, Reader in Human Rights and Labour Law and Director of Graduate Research Studies at UCL Faculty of Laws, co-organised and participated in this year’s Sakharov debate on rights and citizenship in post-Brexit Britain, which was also covered in The Times. The Sakharov Debate is an annual talk on human rights issues organised jointly by the UCL European Institute and the Office of the European Parliament in the UK. The focus of this year’s debate was on the limits that human rights law places to using EU citizens as bargaining chips in the Brexit negotiating process.
Dr Mantouvalou argued that the removal of EU citizens from the UK, as well as the removal of UK citizens from other EU countries, may violate their rights under the European Convention on Human Rights. She focused on article 8 of the ECHR (the right to private life) and article 1 of Protocol 1 (the right to property).
Dr Mantouvalou’s argument was covered in The Times, under the heading ‘Britons could launch Brexit claims flood in human rights court’ and in a press release of the Council of Europe.