The Bingham Centre within BIICL, is one of 18 partner organisations participating in a Horizon 2020 EU-funded project, 'Reconciling Europe with its Citizens through Democracy and the Rule of Law' (RECONNECT). This four-year multidisciplinary project focuses on strengthening the EU's legitimacy throughout Europe and seeks to assist the EU in becoming more attuned to the expectations of its citizens.
The Bingham Centre has a multifaceted role in RECONNECT. Along with the University of Leuven, we are co-leading the Communication, Dissemination and Exploitation strategy, including the project blog which published 60 posts in the first two years. At the substantive level, Bingham Centre researchers have contributed to working papers, which are part of project deliverables.
- J Beqiraj & F Ippolito, 'COVID-19 and International Organizations: Challenges and Opportunities from the Perspective of Good Governance and the Rule of Law', introduction to the special Forum, International Organizations Law Review (IOLR), vol. 18, issue 3, 2021.
- J Grogan & J Beqiraj, 'The Rule of Law as the Perimeter of Legitimacy for COVID-19 Responses' in J Grogan and A Donald (eds), Routledge Handbook of Law and the COVID-19 Pandemic (Routledge 2022)
- Project deliverable D13.2: 'Authority, legitimacy and the Rule of Law in EU migration policy' (April 2021)
- Project deliverable D7.3: 'The crystallisation of a core EU meaning of the rule of law and its (limited) normative influence beyond the EU' (April 2021)
- Project deliverable 8.2: 'The strategies and mechanisms used by national authorities to systematically undermine the Rule of Law and possible EU responses' (December 2020)
- Written evidence to the House of Commons Committee on the Future Relationship with the EU: 'The EU-UK Joint Committee' by Oliver Garner, May 15, 2020
- Project deliverable 7.1: 'Unity and Diversity in National Understandings of the Rule of Law in the EU' (April 2020)
- Project deliverable 7.2 'Meaning and Scope of the EU Rule of Law' (April 2020)
- Blog: 'Modifying Retained EU law in the UK: Increasing Rule of Law Concerns' by Oliver Garner, October 20, 2021
- Blog: 'Authority, Legitimacy and the Rule of Law in EU migration policy' by Dr. Julinda Beqiraj, Dr. Katri Gadd, and Dr. Barbara Grabowska-Moroz, August 10, 2021
- Blog: 'Ensuring greater protection for fundamental rights in developing EU counter-terrorism policies' by Tufyal Choudhury, May 20, 2021
- Blog: 'Power and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Beyond the Separation of Powers?' by Jan van Zyl Smit, March 24, 2021
- Blog: 'The 'Regulation on a general regime of conditionality for the protection of the Union budget' and its contested implementation' by Julinda Beqiraj, January 19, 2021
- Blog: 'True (Bad) Faith 2020? Part One: The Commission Infringement Action against the United Kingdom for breach of the Withdrawal Agreement' by Oliver Garner, November 20, 2020. (This blog post was originally posted on the European Law Blog.)
- Blog: 'True (Bad) Faith 2020? Part Two: Excavating the Legal Rationale for the 'Emergency Clauses' in the UK Internal Market Bill' by Oliver Garner, November 24, 2020. (This blog post was originally posted on the European Law Blog.)
- Blog: 'Rule of Law Safeguards in Times of Health Crises: A Decalogue' by Julinda Beqiraj and Jean-Pierre Gauci, July 17, 2020
- Blog: 'Will the UK Uphold its Commitment to Human Rights?' by Lucy Moxham and Oliver Garner, July 6, 2020
- Blog: 'Italy's COVID-19 Legislative Response: Adjusting Along the Way' by Julinda Beqiraj, April 8, 2020
- Blog: 'The EU-UK Future Relationship and the Rule of Law' by Oliver Garner and Jack Simson Caird, March 16, 2020
- Blog: 'Catching up with the Debate: Artificial Intelligence & the Rule of Law' by Ellis Paterson and Gemma McNeil-Walsh, October 14, 2019
- Blog: 'The Rule of Law Should be Taught in Schools' by Michael Abiodun Olatokun, June 17, 2019
- Blog: 'The Polish government's assault on judicial independence is part of a worldwide trend' by Murray Hunt, July 5, 2018
As part of the RECONNECT research project on 'Reconciling Europe with its Citizens through Democracy and the Rule of Law' (www.reconnect-europe.eu), the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, together with the University of Leuven, has created a set of educational materials for young people living in the EU.
Our primary aim with this series of educational materials is to enable young people and educators to engage in class discussions about the EU and the rights of EU citizens, and about the meaning and importance of core concepts such as the Rule of Law, democracy and human rights. Topics also include thematic issues that will appeal to a younger audience such as children's rights, migration, climate change, social media and education.
For each topic, there is an info sheet for younger children (approx. 9-11 years old) and an info sheet for older students (approx. 12-16 years old). There are also short guidance notes for educators to accompany each topic.
The educational materials are the result of collaborative work by Lucy Moxham, Julinda Beqiraj and Daniela Nadj at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law. We are grateful to our colleague Daniela Nadj for providing valuable research support and assistance with earlier drafts. We also thank our RECONNECT colleagues, in particular, Kari Otteburn at the University of Leuven, for their helpful feedback on earlier drafts of the educational materials.
Graphic design by Dan Gould Design https://www.dangould.co.uk
- The 'Power and the COVID-19 Pandemic' Symposium convened by Dr Joelle Grogan at Middlesex University London was hosted by the Verfassungsblog, and supported by Democracy Reporting International and the Horizon-2020 RECONNECT project. From February to May 2021, the Symposium reported on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on law and legal systems in over 60 countries. Bingham Centre researchers contributed to the accompanying webinar series. Julinda Beqiraj presented at the webinar on 'The Rule of Law in the Pandemic' and Lucy Moxham chaired the webinar on 'Human Rights and the Covid-19 Pandemic'.
- October 28, 2020: Public event 'The Rule of Law in the technological age', Bingham Centre, re:constitution, RECONNECT
- January 30, 2020: Public event 'Is the rule of law too vague a notion to be monitored and enforced by the EU against backsliding Member States?', Bingham Centre, Middlesex University, London
- June 6, 2018: Roundtable 'Enhancing the Rule of Law in the EU', Bingham Centre, CER, Middlesex University, Brussels