Justice & Home Affairs

Justice & Home Affairs Analysis

11th December 2018

Advancing Peace in Cyberspace

John Frank discussed the need for new initiatives to address the growing threats of cyber insecurity, the need to work together to build a safer and more resilient digital world and why Microsoft has called for a Digital Geneva Convention, which will create binding rules for nations’ cyber weapons.
28th November 2018

Current Challenges and the Role of the CJEU

Judge Eugene Regan discussed the role of the CJEU and the changes that may arise in the CJEU post-Brexit as well as issues such as maintain the rule of law and the preservation of EU values. Judge Regan also addressed the issue of extradition to third countries, in the context of the European Arrest Warrant.
14th June 2018

The Funding of Higher Education – Time for Reform?

The funding of higher education is a key strategic issue facing the Irish economy and society. The implications of the lack of funding in higher education range from a growing shortage of skills in industrial sectors to affecting Ireland’s ability to attract foreign direct investment. This conference aims to foster a more informed political and public debate on the issue.
15th May 2018

Political Advertising Online and Effective Data Regulation

The panel discussed the use of personal data and online advertising networks, the threat this poses and how new regulation might help address the problem.
19th April 2018

Criminal Evidence on the Internet

Which country has the authority to investigate crimes committed with the use of the internet where the evidence is located in different states?
12th April 2018

More Bang for our Bucks? Moving from ‘Compliance-Driven’ to ‘Intelligence-Led’ in the Fight Against Cybercrime and Financial Crime

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).
23rd March 2018

Referrals and Reactions: Poland and the Rule of Law

The Irish High Court has asked the Court of Justice of the European Union to rule on whether the changes to Poland’s judiciary undermine its independence and jeopardise the cooperation between Members States on the European Arrest Warrant.
18th January 2018

Organised Crime and Terrorism in the UK and Ireland: Threats and Convergence

Prof Dr Peter Neumann and Rajan Basra launched 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.

Justice & Home Affairs Publications

1st March 2013

The Constitution, The Courts and the Legislature

This document contains Peter Sutherland’s transcript “The Constitution, The Courts and the Legislature”  from the Second Brian Lenihan Memorial Address that took place on Saturday 16th February 2013 at Trinity College Dublin.
25th October 2012

European Criminal Justice Post-Lisbon: An Irish Perspective

Edited by Eugene Regan SC 25 July 2012 This publication examines European criminal justice post-Lisbon, drawing on the expertise of leading practitioners from across the criminal justice spectrum, including US Attorney General, Eric H. Holder. It aims to inform policy debate, increase awareness and bring about change where necessitated. The contributions are ultimately aimed at improving the livelihoods of our citizens and securing the rights of the individual to safety and freedom from the ripple effects of cross-border crime. Contributors include key policy actors such as the Garda Commissioner, the Data Protection Commissioner, the head of the Criminal Assets Bureau, the Secretary General of the Department of Justice and Equality, a former Director of Public Prosecutions, a former Attorney General, the Attorney General of the United States and Eugene Regan SC, who also edited the publication. The preface is written by Nora Owen, former Minister for Justice and Chair of the IIEA Justice Group.
1st February 2012

Why Legislate? Designing a Climate Law for Ireland

A climate law would have implications for all areas of government policy and economic activity for at least the next forty years. It therefore has the potential to be one of the most significant legislative initiatives of the current government. While there may be broad political agreement on the necessity for climate legislation, there is a lack of consensus – not to say some confusion – about what a climate law should seek to achieve. This study explores this issue. It examines three published models of climate legislation, and assesses the implications of these bills for the design of a climate law for Ireland. The paper argues that a climate law is not about setting challenging new emissions targets, choosing which measures to introduce to tackle climate change, or deciding which sector of the economy to target. Legislation could instead seek to address the problems of the past by creating a framework for effective policy implementation. The paper warns that a poorly designed law has the potential to damage competitiveness at a time when the country can least afford it. A good law, however, could serve to prompt long-term thinking, and act as a foundation for the transition to a clean, smart and green economy. Joseph Curtin is senior researcher on the IIEA’s Climate Change group. He has worked as a consultant with the OECD on a number of projects including assessing climate policy of countries such as Norway, Israel, Italy and Germany. Gina Hanrahan is a researcher on the IIEA’s Climate Change and Future of Europe working groups.
20th January 2011

A Road Less Travelled: Reflections On The Supreme Court Rulings In Crotty, Coughlan and McKenna (No.2)

A Road Less Travelled: Reflections On The Supreme Court Rulings In Crotty, Coughlan and McKenna (No.2) by Dr. Gavin Barrett

Justice & Home Affairs Past Events

19th September 2017

Judicial Oversight of the European Arrest Warrant Post-Brexit; Practicalities and Politics

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.
15th September 2017

The Role of the European Commission in the Protection of Children in Migration

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.
5th July 2017

Urbanisation: A Tool for Development

The recognition of the transformative power of urbanisation as an engine for sustainable development is a historical paradigm shift initiated by Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. Dr Clos argued that cities provide a unique opportunity to effectively address many of our problems today: social inequality, economic development, climate change and resilience to natural and man-made disasters. At this critical junction in our global history, innovative solutions are required to meet the most pressing challenges faced by our cities. The New Urban Agenda is an action-oriented plan which sets global standards for sustainable urban development, rethinking the way we build, manage, and live in cities, contributing to prosperity, employments and development.
3rd July 2017

Constitution 3.0: The Technological and Political Challenges Facing the U.S. Supreme Court.

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.