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JUEST Network Launch: Towards a Comprehensive UK-EU Security Treaty

JUEST Network Launch: Towards a Comprehensive UK-EU Security Treaty

Monday, October 22, 2018 - 11:00 to 15:30
RUSI, 61 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET

On Monday 22 October 2018, RUSI’s Strategic Hub for Organised Crime Research (SHOC) hosted an event in collaboration with Aston University and Northumbria University to launch the UK–EU Security and Criminal Justice Cooperation (JUEST) Network. The Network encourages multidisciplinary research and engagement to influence, irrespective of the course Brexit takes, the future development of strong and sustainable EU–UK security and criminal justice cooperation.

The event brought together around 30 academics, parliamentarians and public officials with the aim of establishing what policymakers need from the academic community, and what the academic community can offer to policymakers during the treaty drafting process. The focus was on elements of the treaty covering cross-border security arrangements, exchange of information and operational cooperation to combat transnational organised crime. However, discussion also extended to defence cooperation, among other topics.

This invitation-only event was split across three sessions, with the first two sessions open to parliamentarians, academics and public officials and the third session reserved for academics only. This final session was an opportunity to reflect on what had been learnt and to discuss avenues for future collaborative research.

Speakers included:

  • Lord Jay of Ewelme, Chair of the House of Lords EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee
  • Alex Ellis, Director General at the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) 
  • Dr Helena Farrand-Carrapico, Co-Director of the Aston Centre for Europe, Aston University
  • Dr Laura Southgate, School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University
  • Professor Tim J Wilson, Northumbria Law School, Northumbria University 

The event was chaired by Professor Malcolm Chalmers, Deputy Director-General of RUSI. To download the agenda, click here.

To read the summary of this workshop, click here.  

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