Research Areas & Staff
Justice (JHA) Group
Researcher: Eoin O'Keeffe
Nora Owen, Former Minister for Justice
Eugene Regan SC, Former Senator
About the Justice Group:
The Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Group examines developments in law and justice at a European and international level. It pays particular attention to the implications of developments in the EU Area of Freedom, Security and Justice. A wide range of policies falls under the ambit of the Justice and Home Affairs Group.
These include European and international criminal justice; Fundamental rights; Data privacy and data protection; Police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters; Crime prevention and the fight against transnational organised crime; Counterterrorism; International security; Cyber issues such as cybercrime and cyber security; Racism and xenophobia; EU external borders policy; Schengen Area; Illegal immigration; and Asylum.
The Justice Group comprises the Attorney General; the Director of Public Prosecutions; the Secretary General and Senior Policy Advisors of the Department of Justice and Equality; the Data Protection Commissioner; the Garda Commissioner and Senior representatives from Garda HQ; the Chief Bureau Officer of the Criminal Assets Bureau; Members of the High Court and the Supreme Court; EU Division Counsellors of the Department of Foreign Affairs; leading academics and professors of criminal law; Senior Counsel; Senators and Members of the Irish Parliament.
To find out about upcoming events in this area, please consult this page.
Previous speakers on justice include, amongst others:
OSCE Special Representative and Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Dr. Maria Grazia Giammarinaro;
U.S. Attorney General, Eric H. Holder;
Independent Reviewer of British Anti-Terrorism Legislation, Right Hon. Lord Carlile of Berriew QC;
Chair of the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice & Home Affairs, Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar MEP;
Attorney General for England & Wales, Advocate General for Northern Ireland, Dominic Grieve QC MP;
President of Eurojust, Aled Williams;
Founder and former Head of the UK Human Trafficking Centre, Nick Kinsella;
Secretary General of the World Customs Organisation, Kunio Mikuriya;
H.E. Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria, Dr. Meglena Plugtschieva;
Director-General of DG Justice, Freedom and Security, Jonathan Faull;
Directors of Europol, Rob Wainwright and Max Peter Ratzel;
Deputy Director of Europol, Tom Driessen;
US Secretary of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff;
Director-General OLAF, Franz Hermann Brüner;
EU Counterterrorism Coordinator, Gijs de Vries;
US Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg