The law enforcement challenges of cybercrime: are we really playing catch-up?

The EU and its Counter – Terrorism Policies after the Paris Attacks

This paper examines the EU’s counter-terrorism policies responding to the Paris attacks of 13 November 2015. It argues that these events call for a re-think of the current information-sharing and preventive-justice model guiding the EU’s counter-terrorism tools, along with security agencies such as Europol and Eurojust. Priority should be given to independently evaluating ‘what has […]

A quest for accountability? EU and Member State inquiries into the CIA Rendition and Secret Detention Programme

At the request of the LIBE Committee, this study assesses the extent to which EU Member States have delivered accountability for their complicity in the US CIA-led extraordinary rendition and secret detention programme and its serious human rights violations. It offers a scoreboard of political inquiries and judicial investigations in supranational and national arenas in […]

Big Data and smart devices and their impact on privacy

The numerous debates triggered by the increased collection and processing of personal data for various – and often unaccountable – purposes are particularly vivid at the EU level. Two interlinked, and to some extent conflicting, initiatives are relevant here: the development of EU strategies promoting a data-driven economy and the current reform of the EU […]

The EU Counter – Terrorism Policy Responses to the Attacks in Paris

This paper examines the main EU-level initiatives that have been put forward in the weeks following the attacks in Paris in January 2015, which will be discussed in the informal European Council meeting of 12 February 2015. It argues that a majority of these proposals predated the Paris shootings and had until that point proved […]

National Security and Secret Evidence in Legislation and before the Courts: Exploring the Challenges

Review of Security Measures in the 7th Research Framework Programme FP7 2007-2013

Preventing and Countering Youth Radicalisation in the EU

Upon request by the LIBE Committee, this study focuses on the question of how to best prevent youth radicalisation in the EU. It evaluates counter-radicalisation policies, both in terms of their efficiency and their broader social and political impact. Building on a conception of radicalisation as a process of escalation, it highlights the need to […]

National Programmes for Mass Surveillance of Personal Data in EU Member States and Their Compatibility with EU Law

Evaluating Current and Forthcoming Proposals on JHA Databases and a Smart Borders System at EU External Borders

Fighting cyber crime and protecting privacy in the cloud

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Developing an EU Internal Security Strategy, fighting terrorism and organised crime

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International organised Crime in the European Union

Towards a New EU Legal Framework for Data Protection and Privacy. Challenges, Principles and the Role of the European Parliament

The Council Framework Decision on the Fight against Organised Crime : What can be Done to Strengthen EU Legislation in the Field ?