Converging and conflicting ethical values in the internal/external security in continuum in Europe.

A research project funded by the European Union.
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Workshop: Mobility and Security at the EU’s Eastern Borders PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 May 2010 09:24
The purpose of the workshop is to gain a better understanding of the evolving relationships in the JHA area between the EU and its closest Eastern neighbours: Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus, through the particular prism of border management.  Drawing on some of the key themes that arose from the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting of February 2010, where 29 measures for ‘reinforcing the protection of the external borders and combating illegal immigration’ were laid out, the workshop will explore the ways in which the EU is endeavouring to strengthen its Eastern borders, with particular reference to the evolving role of FRONTEX.  The workshop will seek to explore those measures under development that endeavour to better identify ‘those migrants who are in need of international protection’ in mixed flows of regular and irregular migration towards the EU’s outer borders.   In this context we are interested to learn about current levels of cooperation between the EU and the three Eastern neighbours in the area of border security and migration management.  By panning out to the macro-political level we wish to consider how EU efforts at emboldening border security sit with the wider objectives of the European Neighbourhood Policy – particularly on questions of mobility and visas.  Finally, the workshop aims to understand the interplay between such initiatives the EU’s Stockholm Programme, the European Pact on Immigration and Asylum and the Global Approach to Migration.
The workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners working in the field of border management, European Neighbourhood Policy, mobility and cross-border issues.

Venue of the workshop: 17 May 2010, Collegium Civitas, Warsaw
Workshop: Data Transfers in the New AFSJ: Go with the Flow? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 May 2010 02:59
The Justice and Home Affairs Section at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and the research centre Law, Science, Technology and Society (LSTS) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) are organizing a Workshop on ‘Data Transfers in the new AFSJ: Go with the Flow? Converging and Conflicting Ethical Values in the Internal/External Security Continuum in Europe’ within the framework of INEX Project, a Research Project funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the DG Enterprise of the European Commission. This Workshop will take place in Brussels at the CEPS (Place du Congrès, 1 – 1000 Brussels) on the 10th May 2010.
The European Council has declared to consider a priority for the upcoming Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ) to focus on the interests and needs of the peoples of the European Union (EU). The objective of the workshop is to assess the way in which such prioritisation is to operate: how effectively are the interests of individuals protected? How efficiently are their fundamental rights respected? What happens if the individuals identified as a central concern in the Stockholm programme are de facto limited to EU citizens? How compatible is this approach with, for instance, the need to ensure the effectiveness of the right to privacy and data protection to everyone? And does the current framework guarantee that EU citizens are really able to fully exercise their specific rights even outside the EU? Or do internal and external security concerns unduly limit such exercise?
INEX CEPS/LSTS Lunchtime Briefing 1: "New Perspectives in Border Security" PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 April 2010 00:00
The Justice and Home Affairs Section at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and the research centre Law, Science, Technology and Society (LSTS) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) will organize a Series of Five Lunchtime Briefings within the framework of the INEX Project (Converging and conflicting ethical values in the internal/external security continuum in Europe).
We are therefore happy to inform you that the first lunchtime briefing will take place at the Centre for European Policy Studies (Place du Congrès, 1 – 1000 Brussels) on the 28th April 2010 from 12.00 – 15.00h and it will deal with ‘New Perspectives in Border Security? The US under Obama and the EU under the Stockholm Programme’. Below you may find the latest version of the programme. This lunchtime briefing will aim at linking the results of the early stages of the project with policymaking processes. The events’ purpose is to allow an open discussion on the conceptual and empirical research on the social and cultural dimensions of security in Europe, linking analyses of law and technology with current border control and policing practices.
International Conference in Amsterdam: 'Ethical Dilemmas in the Shifting Security Landscape’ PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 22 March 2010 14:18

International Conference in Amsterdam: 'Ethical Dilemmas in the Shifting Security Landscape’ On 15 and 16 April, 2010 the international conference 'Ethical Dilemmas in the Shifting Security Landscape’ will be organised by WP3 (VU University Amsterdam). The conference will take place at the VU University Amsterdam. The purpose of the conference, which includes two public lectures and a number of workshops, is to encourage high-level academic debate about the role of value dilemmas and ethics in different security contexts, with a strong emphasis on the role of practitioners. Distinguished speakers include Mr. Eimert van Middelkoop, Minister of Defence and Minister for Housing, Communities and Integration of the Netherlands, who will be the keynote speaker in the plenary session held on April the 15th at 16.00. We are also honoured to have Mr. Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam, as keynote speaker in the plenary session held on April the 16th at 14.30. Other speakers and discussants include other European scholars and security professionals.

Download here the full programme for an overview of all lectures and workshops at the conference 

Participation is free of charge. Please confirm your attendance to Ms. Michelle Zonneveld ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) preferably before 7 April.
Research Seminar: Mobility, ethics, intelligence and the rule of law PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 06 March 2010 12:34
On 26 March, 2010 a research seminar on the issue of “Mobility, ethics, intelligence and the rule of law” will be organised by INEX WP1, SUERTE (European Security and Transatlantic Relations) Research Group and the project Migration and asylum in Europe and EU-Canada Relations, funded by the European Commission, Directorate General for External Relations. The seminar will be held in Paris at Centre d’études et de recherches internationales (CERI), 56 rue Jacob, Salle du Conseil, 4th floor.
The research seminar will focus on the issues of intelligence and mobility with regard to the questions of ethics and the rule of law. The first objective is to discuss the relation between information gathering and exchange, intelligence reports and political practices. The workshop will also survey the ethical and legal challenges arising from the practices of intelligence services, and their relations with the government and supervisory bodies. What do they keep for themselves, what do they share? What do they agree to say? In this three-sided game, what are the moments when governments play against their own intelligence services? Is the situation different when private actors are involved into data gathering and when specific profiling software is used? How far does it impact on privacy? The seminar will also contain a session that will aim to analyze, through the case of the Roma in Europe and Canada, if the security measures target only specific individuals or profile categories along national or ethnic bases and prevent them to move or to live abroad – and in that case, what are the legal and ethical remedies? The workshop will be followed by a book launch event with works that have been recently published and are directly relevant for this discussion.
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