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.
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, Marc Giacomini focused on the role of the European External Action Service in mitigating challenges of migration and asylum and discussed how the European Union needs to work with its African partners to prevent both push and pull factors for migrants.
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.
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.
In his keynote address, Prof. Rosen argued that in light of dizzying changes in technology, the future of global free speech and privacy is being determined not by the U.S. Supreme Court or by international courts but by lawyers at Google, Facebook, and Twitter, who decide what kind of content to leave up or take down. He addressed the question of how the U.S. Supreme Court will respond to technological change in the age of Google. He also reflected on how the Court will maintain checks and balances and the rule of law in the face of new populist forces in the U.S. and around the globe.
There are more than 16.5 million refugees in the world today and policymakers continue to rely upon the 1951 Convention as a tried and tested guide in their responses to refugees. This requires the commitment of States and the support of civil society. With the adoption of the New York Declaration, States recognised that displacement is a reality in the modern world that needs to be addressed in a more comprehensive, equitable, and thoughtful manner. The New York Declaration represents a sea change in the international approach to refugee situations, and opens up possibilities for strengthened engagement with a broad range of public and private actors to ensure a more timely and predictable support for refugees and the communities that host them.
In her address, Professor Bendel discussed the enormous impact of the migration crisis on politics and society in EU member states in 2015 and 2016. She outlined the risks of further division of interests between and within EU Member States, but also highlighted the opportunities to rethink and refocus on the basic principles of human rights and the values of the European Union.
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