In his address to the IIEA, Executive Director Wainwright discussed how operational outcomes and resulting insights gained from this endeavour have been brought to bear in the much more regulated, but not necessarily more effective, domain of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing (AML/CTF). The Executive Director analysed how these developments are emblematic of the wider challenges facing law enforcement in a globalised, tech-enabled world.
About the Speaker:
Rob Wainwright was appointed the Executive Director of Europol in 2009. Mr Wainwright led the establishment of the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) in 2013 and the European Counter Terrorism Centre in 2016. He is one of the EU’s leading executives on security issues and leads many public-private partnership initiatives, including through the World Economic Forum on cyber issues and the Institute of International Finance on efforts to improve the global anti-money laundering regime. Mr Wainwright occupied several positions in the UK’s intelligence and law enforcement communities, including the post of Director International of the Serious Organised Crime Agency between 2006 and 2009.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.