Contested Justice: Brexit, Human Rights and the Culture War on Europe

Dr. René Wolfsteller, Lecturer in Comparative Politics at Martin Luther University Halle Wittenberg, sheds light on the UK government’s refusal to formally commit to continued adherence of the ECHR. He argues that lack of public support, and persistent contestation of the HRA and ECHR, are the product of the UK’s constitutional structure and political nationalists setting a culture war on Europe. Continue reading Contested Justice: Brexit, Human Rights and the Culture War on Europe

EU Citizens as Bargaining Chips

Virginia Mantouvalou, Reader in Human Rights and Labour Law and Co-Director of the UCL Institute for Human Rights, looks at the implications for Brexit on the rights of EU citizens living in the UK in relation to the European Convention on Human Rights. A few days after the referendum on EU membership of the European Union, Theresa May stated that she would not guarantee the … Continue reading EU Citizens as Bargaining Chips

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 … Continue reading In Defence of Rights

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 … Continue reading An interview with the President of the European Court of Human Rights