Justice & Home Affairs

Justice & Home Affairs Analysis

The IIEA’s Justice and Home Affairs Group focuses on the priorities set by the rotating Presidencies of the Council of the EU and continues to focus on five key areas; migration and asylum policy, police and judicial cooperation, European security, Schengen and border management, and cybersecurity.

3rd June 2021

Protecting Citizens and Freedoms: The Justice Priorities of the Portuguese Presidency  

A webinar address from Secretary of State for Justice of Portugal, Anabela Pedroso, on the justice priorities of the Portuguese Presidency, which has focused primarily on protecting citizens and freedoms.
11th September 2020

WEBINAR: Reforming the European Migration Policy and the Common European Asylum System

Mr López Aguilar addresses the long-standing challenge of reforming the European migration policy and the Common European Asylum System. He discusses how to maintain EU solidarity while providing refugees and asylum seekers with the rights that they deserve across the Member States.
17th June 2020

Peter Maurer: Covid-19 and Conflict Zones: How the Pandemic is Impacting and Shaping Humanitarian Action

On 3 June 2020, Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), gave an address to the IIEA. This briefing summarises how the ICRC has adapted its ongoing work to become more relevant to the response and prevention of this pandemic. It also looks at how COVID-19 has shaped the work of humanitarian organisations.
2nd June 2020

Antonio Vitorino: Mitigating the Threat of COVID-19 to Refugees and Migrants

On 18 May 2020, Antonio Vitorino, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), gave an address to the IIEA. This briefing summarises the key points of his address and provides an overview of the major areas of concern of the IOM in relation to COVID-19, the economic implications of the virus and how some governments are dealing with the crisis.
21st February 2020

Charting the Way forward: Online Content Regulation

Monika Bickert discusses why Facebook is calling for the regulation of online content and what content Facebook deems as acceptable for its services. She also analyses the complex challenges that governments face in limiting harm without reducing people’s rights and freedoms.
2nd December 2019

The European Project – Past, Present and Future

Eleanor Sharpston, Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union, The European Project – Past, Present and Future.
22nd October 2019

Implications of EU Law for National Justice Systems

Ms Banks demonstrates how EU law can affect national rules concerning the judiciary and the administration of justice at the national level. She discusses how EU law relies on the national justice systems to apply EU norms and outlines how fundamental rights embedded in cross border legislation and can have profound implications for national judicial systems.
21st October 2019

Denying and Depriving Local, National and International Criminals their Ill-Gotten Gains

Detective Chief Superintendent Pat Clavin explains why Ireland has focused on civil asset seizure. He discusses the unique history and the future direction of the Criminal Assets Bureau, the creation of the asset profiler network and further discuss some trends around the penetration by criminals of the motor trade, as well as drugs, thefts/burglaries and cryptocurrencies.

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

26th September 2019

Deadly Business Continues: Organised Crime and Migrant Smuggling

Robert Črepinko outlines the role of the European Migrant Smuggling Centre whose main aim is to target, identify and dismantle criminal networks involved in migrant smuggling. Robert Črepinko discusses emerging trends and successful operations in the field of organised crime and migrant smuggling.
17th September 2019

Transforming Security and Defence: A 21st Century Model

As part of a panel discussion, the keynote speakers discuss the rapid changes facing European security and defence, in light of new technology and unconventional threats.
4th June 2019

Dublin, Schengen and the Need for Political Leadership

In her address to the IIEA, Dr De Somer gives an overview of the Dublin Regulation and how it has impacted the Schengen Area. Dr De Somer argues that in the absence of political leadership, the two systems risk collapsing and offers suggestions on what the future of both systems might look like.
28th May 2019

International Law Under Stress: A View from the United States

Professor Koh offers a compelling new strategy for how to defend democracy, human rights and the rule of law at a time when authoritarian regimes around the world are on the rise. Professor Koh discusses the US President’s attempts to trump the international legal process across a range of issues