To encourage multidisciplinary research and engagement to influence the development and implementation of what will hopefully be a comprehensive EU-UK security and criminal justice treaty.
Multi-disciplinary and jurisdictional leadership and participation
The Network is open to researchers from all academic disciplines and public service professionals (interpreted widely, e.g. including colleagues working in health, on environmental initiatives and the economy as well as criminal justice/law and security) with an interest in any proposed treaty.
UK-based academics will lead Network activities, but UK public service professionals, and both academics and public service professionals from other EU member states, EAA countries and Switzerland will be made very welcome.
Political neutrality and common values
The Network will be politically neutral in terms of party politics, ideology and debate over the legitimacy and interpretation of the results of the UK 2016 Brexit Referendum. Its members will, however, be expected to share a commitment to international cooperation for protection from harm against the negative spillovers of globalisation, compliance with fundamental rights (as envisaged in ECHR and CFREU and as developed in ECtHR, CJEU and national jurisprudence), social justice and non-discrimination (including, irrespective of Brexit, on grounds of nationality).
This neutrality should also require a stance of ‘critical friendship’ to the UK government, UK devolved governments, EU member states and EU institutions, with all members expected, as necessary, to abide with confidence maintenance conventions, such as the Chatham House Rule and non-disclosure of strictly private conversations.
The organisers are:
- Professor Tim J Wilson and Adam Jackson, Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies (NCEJS), Northumbria University
- Dr Helena Farrand-Carrapico and Dr Laura Southgate, Aston Centre for Europe (ACE), Aston University
- Cathy Haenlein, The Strategic Hub for Organised Crime Research (SHOC), RUSI
The Network will encourage members to cooperate in submitting joint research bids and REF case studies relating to the proposed treaty, but decisions about such activities must be a matter solely for individual members and their academic institutions.
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 NCECJS is a multi-disciplinary research centre, bringing together academics and postgraduate students from a range of disciplines with members of the judiciary, lawyers, police officers and forensic scientists. Its members are mainly based in North East England, but the centre has an extensive network of national and international members, some of whom have participated in its research council and EC funded research
 Aston Centre for Europe acts as a ‘hub’ for a range of Europe and EU-related research projects and stakeholder activities across the University. Reflecting the European strengths of Aston’s research culture including specialisms in individual states, ACE has since 2009 become a major centre for research in European politics and society and ensured the real-world applicability of that research through practitioner engagement. ACE promotes research on Europe and its constituent states and role in the world, and interfaces with stakeholders (e.g. policy makers, the public) and gives support to ACE’s researchers and students.
 SHOC receives financial support from the Economic and Social Research Council. SHOC aims to bring together academics, policymakers and practitioners to create a network of experts, working to improve understanding of and responses to serious and organised crime.
 The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) is the world’s oldest and the UK’s leading defence and security think tank. Its mission is to inform, influence and enhance public debate on a safer and more stable world. RUSI is a research-led institute, producing independent, practical and innovative analysis to address today’s complex challenges.