Security & Justice

Security & Justice Analysis

3rd November 2017

Lessons Learned from the United States’ Experience on Cyber Security

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.
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20th October 2017

The External Aspects of Migration

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.
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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.
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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.
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24th July 2017

The Irish National Cyber Security Centre: Securing Ireland’s digital future

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.
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18th July 2017

Conflict over the Code of Conduct

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.
5min
7th July 2017

Coping with the Influx of Economic Migrants

The European Commission released its latest action plan on 4 July 2017 to support Italy and reduce migratory pressure along the Central Mediterranean Route.
5min
7th July 2017

Coping with the Influx of Economic Migrants

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.
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Security & Justice Publications

23rd June 2017

Enhancing Cooperation – German Attitudes Towards European Security and Defence Policy

This discussion paper by the Institute’s Germany Group provides a snapshot of German views on the highly pertinent topic of European security and defence policy. It reveals that the current German government has taken a very careful approach in seeking to reconcile its firm commitment to further European integration with the politically very sensitive topic of increasing military expenditure. For Germany, strategic bilateral and minilateral relationships within Europe may be key in sustaining the momentum in this policy area. Looking ahead to the German Federal Elections, which will take place on 24 September 2017, the paper also examines the views of Germany’s main opposition parties.
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7th December 2015

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: European Security – Autumn 2015

Over the past three months, the EU has seen several significant developments in the broad field of European security. In this paper, Patrick Keatinge reflects on the developments in the Ukraine crisis and the Arab winter, and examines the European Union’s response to both of these situations. The author goes on to look at the implications of these developments for Ireland and for the EU as a whole.
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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.
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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.
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17th July 2012

European Security in the 21st Century: The EU’s Comprehensive Approach

Written by Linda Barry 17 July 2012 Under its comprehensive approach to crisis management the EU takes a holistic view of a (potential) crisis situation and recognises that an effective, sustainable solution can only be achieved by using the full range of civilian and military instruments at its disposal. This paper considers how the EU institutions have been adapted by the Lisbon Treaty to facilitate the implementation of the comprehensive approach. It demonstrates that this is a work in progress and that the operational aspects currently lag behind conceptual developments. It examines the implications for Ireland and concludes that the comprehensive approach creates an opportunity for Ireland to be at the centre of the Union’s response to the complex security threats of the 21st century in a manner that respects the country’s particular strengths and values. This paper forms part of a series of fact sheets and briefing papers on specific aspects of European security and defence policy. An introduction to the project was published by the IIEA in April 2012, offering a broad outline of the policy sector as a whole. This paper focuses specifically on the comprehensive approach in the context of the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy. It is written by Linda Barry, IIEA researcher for Security and Defence Policy and the Future of Europe.
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Security & Justice Past Events

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.
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6th June 2017

Global Protection Challenges: What Does The Refugee Experience Teach Us?

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.
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24th May 2017

Beyond the EU “Refugee Crisis”?

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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23rd May 2017

A U.S. Enforcer’s Perspective on Innovation and Technology Policy

Protecting consumers and empowering entrepreneurship through competition have been the foundation of U.S. innovation policy for decades. As the top U.S. consumer protection and antitrust enforcement agency, the Federal Trade Commission plays a central role at the federal level in setting U.S. policy on consumer privacy and data governance.
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15th May 2017

Islamic State’s Online Strategy: Then and Now

Use of the Internet, particularly social media, by violent extremists, terrorists and their supporters is a source of anxiety for policymakers and publics. In her address, Dr Conway detailed the development of IS’s online strategy from 2014 to the present, with a particular focus on online-offline connections and the ‘social’ aspects of social media. She also examined the contemporary disruption of social media companies by IS’s online activity and its effectiveness. 
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