Tuesday 22 February 18:00 - 20:00

Bentham House, Gideon Schreier Lecture Theatre
4-6 Engsleigh Gardens

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How do we strengthen EU democracy in the face of democratic backsliding?

Government & Politics

With Member States like Hungary and Poland challenging the rule of law in the EU, how can liberal democracy remain strong and legitimate?

Join our panel of professors and practitioners from UCL, LSE and King's College London for a discussion on the rule of law in the EU, and how we can strengthen European democracy in the face of democratic backsliding.

This event is co-hosted by the european student think tank and the UCL European Institute.

Registration is essential. We hope we will be able to meet in person, but may have to move to Zoom at short notice. We will notify anyone who has registered for this event.


  • Dr Heather Grabbe is Director of the Open Society European Policy Institute in Brussels, and currently Visiting Professor at the UCL European Institute. Previously, Heather worked as Senior Advisor to the European Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn, prior to which she worked at the Centre for European Reform think tank.
  • Dr Michael Wilkinson is an Associate Professor of Law at LSE, where his research interests are European integration, constitutional theory, and legal, political and social theory. Michael studied at UCL and the College of Europe in Bruges before obtaining his PhD at the European University Institute in Florence.
  • Prof. Ronan McCrea is Professor of Constitutional and European Law at UCL, before which he taught at the University of Reading. Ronan obtained graduate degrees in law and political science before working in both fields, and now focuses his research on the future of the EU and on the relationship between law and religion in liberal democracies.
  • Dr Russell Foster (TBC) is Lecturer in British and European Politics at King’s College London. Russell has a background in multiple disciplines, having studied at the University of Cambridge and Newcastle University, and now focuses his research on national identities, euroscepticism and European (dis)integration, among other topics.

Photo: 'We stay in the EU', taken on 10 October 2021 of protests in Bielsko-BiaΕ‚a by Silar, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons.


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