Security & Justice

Tiina Astola Director-General for Justice and Consumers at the European Commission
IIEA1st February 20181min

Director General Astola will shed light on the interlinks between data protection and security as complementary objectives which the EU must uphold. Ms Astola will also discuss the latest developments in the data protection field, including regarding the protection of the personal data guaranteed when the data travels outside the EU.

Prof Dr Peter Neumann & Rajan Basra
IIEA18th January 20181min



About the Speech:

The nexus between crime and terrorism challenges traditional understandings of national security, which have previously drawn sharp distinctions between the two phenomena. Prof Dr Peter Neumann and Rajan Basra will launch a new report that is part of a Europe-wide project, the first of its kind to systematically explore the new links between organised crime, illicit trade and terrorism in Europe. They will discuss the barriers that currently separate counter-terrorism from countering organised crime and provide an overall assessment of the threat and recommendations for action.


About the Speaker:

Peter Neumann is Professor of Security Studies at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London and has directed the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation since its foundation in early 2008. He also currently serves as the OSCE Chairman’s Special Representative on Countering Violent Radicalisation and recently published a report on his findings.

Rajan Basra is Head of Research on Terrorism for Panta Rhei Research Ltd. and has specialised in counter-terrorist financing and links between terror and crime among European jihadists. Working closely with Prof Neumann, he has become one of Europe‘s leading experts on the crime-terror nexus and the use of criminal activities, such as illicit trade, to fund terrorism.

Jeanette Manfra
IIEA3rd November 20171min

Assistant Secretary Jeanette Manfra discussed the strategy that the Department of Homeland Security is implementing to address national cyber security incidents in the United States, to protect critical infrastructure and to ensure the US government’s ability to deliver key services and functions to US citizens.

Andrew Langdon
IIEA19th September 20171min

In his speech, Andrew Langdon QC will focus on the need for EU-UK cooperation on policing and security post-Brexit and specifically on the European Arrest Warrant. Mr Langdon will analyse the UK’s European Union (Withdrawal) Bill in terms of its content and provisions for parliamentary scrutiny, as well as the constitutional implications. He will also discuss alternate mechanisms for dispute resolution following the ending of the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union in the UK.

Margaret Tuite
IIEA15th September 20171min

Almost 900 000 children (both unaccompanied and with their families) applied for asylum in the European Union between 2014 and 2016. This increase compared to earlier years poses challenges and has exacerbated existing protection gaps. The European Commission Coordinator for the Rights of the Child provided an overview of the situation and progress made to date, taking account of urgent actions recently agreed on by the Commission and recommendations to EU Member States. She also focused on some of the upcoming challenges.

IIEA24th July 20171min

The Irish National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) was formally established in 2015. Together with the Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT), the NCSC has responsibility for Ireland’s national cyber security defences. The global cybersecurity threat landscape continues to pose an immense challenge. Notable attacks in 2017 have included the ransomware virus, WannaCry, and the malware virus, Petya.

Eóin O’Keeffe18th July 20175min

In a joint statement, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch claim that thousands more refugees and migrants could be at risk of dying in the Central Mediterranean, if the European Commission’s plan for a Code of Conduct for NGOs is improperly conducted. The Code of Conduct for NGOs was first announced by the European Commission on 6 July 2017, as part of an EU Action Plan, which aims to support Italy and reduce migratory pressure of illegal migrants along the Central Mediterranean Route. In the first six months of 2017, Italy received over 82,000 migrants, which has stretched its capacities to the limit.

Eóin O’Keeffe7th July 20175min

As the official number of migrants travelling from North Africa to Italy and Malta has spiked again after a relatively calm period in 2016, an urgent political response has been requested to assist Italy and Malta in stemming the flow of economic migrants from North Africa. While the situation for refugees fleeing persecution and seeking asylum is altogether different from that of economic migrants, who are seeking a better life in Europe, the distinction between the two often escapes the public. The number of economic migrants that have arrived in Italy is 85,000 so far in 2017 and over 2,000 people have lost their lives attempting to cross the Mediterranean. The relocation of economic migrants has fallen far below the agreed figures of 160,000.