Latest publication of the PARISS Journal (Vol.1, Issue 2)

PARISS seeks to promote a plurality of ways of thinking, researching and writing and to give access to contemporary authors in the social sciences coming also from non-English-speaking countries. The editors encourage contributions that write across disciplines, academic cultures and writing styles. Subject areas: Social Sciences, International Relations, Global Studies, Sociology & Anthropology, Transdisciplinary approaches, Arts […]

The Effects of Counter-Terrorism and Counter-Radicalisation Policies on Muslim Populations in France: A quantitative Study

This study is based on a sample of 927 interviews: 426 with people who identify as Muslim and 501 with people who have no connection with Islam. Overall, respondents from the Muslim sample trusts French state and social institutions (the army, social security, school, council, justice system, etc.) as much as, or slightly more than, […]

Challenges presented by migration and refugees from a Euro-Mediterranean perspective

Challenges presented by migration and refugees from a Euro-Mediterranean perspective There are opportunities for cooperation in the field of border management, migration and refugee protection among member states of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) during the European Parliament’s presidency of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean (PA-UfM). There needs to be […]

Les effets de la lutte contre le terrorisme et la radicalisation sur les populations musulmanes en France

Cette étude se base sur un échantillon de 927 entretiens, dont 426 effectués auprès de personnes se déclarant comme « musulmanes » et 501 auprès de personnes n’ayant pas de lien avec l’islam. L’échantillon musulman·e·s se distingue du groupe de contrôle par la distribution des âges (les musulman·e·s sont dans l’ensemble plus jeunes), des situations […]

The law enforcement challenges of cybercrime: are we really playing catch-up?

This study was commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the LIBE Committee. With a number of high-profile criminal cases, such as ‘Silk Road’, cybercrime has been very much in the spotlight in recent years, both in Europe and elsewhere. While this study shows that […]

The EU and its Counter – Terrorism Policies after the Paris Attacks

This paper examines the EU’s counter-terrorism policies responding to the Paris attacks of 13 November 2015. It argues that these events call for a re-think of the current information-sharing and preventive-justice model guiding the EU’s counter-terrorism tools, along with security agencies such as Europol and Eurojust. Priority should be given to independently evaluating ‘what has […]

A quest for accountability? EU and Member State inquiries into the CIA Rendition and Secret Detention Programme

At the request of the LIBE Committee, this study assesses the extent to which EU Member States have delivered accountability for their complicity in the US CIA-led extraordinary rendition and secret detention programme and its serious human rights violations. It offers a scoreboard of political inquiries and judicial investigations in supranational and national arenas in […]

Big Data and smart devices and their impact on privacy

The numerous debates triggered by the increased collection and processing of personal data for various – and often unaccountable – purposes are particularly vivid at the EU level. Two interlinked, and to some extent conflicting, initiatives are relevant here: the development of EU strategies promoting a data-driven economy and the current reform of the EU […]

The EU Counter – Terrorism Policy Responses to the Attacks in Paris

This paper examines the main EU-level initiatives that have been put forward in the weeks following the attacks in Paris in January 2015, which will be discussed in the informal European Council meeting of 12 February 2015. It argues that a majority of these proposals predated the Paris shootings and had until that point proved […]

National Security and Secret Evidence in Legislation and before the Courts: Exploring the Challenges

At the request of the LIBE committee, this study provides a comparative analysis of the national legal regimes and practices governing the use of intelligence information as evidence in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden. It explores notably how national security can be invoked to determine the classification of information […]

Review of Security Measures in the 7th Research Framework Programme FP7 2007-2013

Upon request by the LIBE Committee, this study analyses how the public-private dialogue has been framed and shaped and examines the priorities set up in calls and projects that have received funding from the European Commission under the security theme of the 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7 20072013). In particular, this study addresses two main […]

Preventing and Countering Youth Radicalisation in the EU

Upon request by the LIBE Committee, this study focuses on the question of how to best prevent youth radicalisation in the EU. It evaluates counter-radicalisation policies, both in terms of their efficiency and their broader social and political impact. Building on a conception of radicalisation as a process of escalation, it highlights the need to […]

National Programmes for Mass Surveillance of Personal Data in EU Member States and Their Compatibility with EU Law

Evaluating Current and Forthcoming Proposals on JHA Databases and a Smart Borders System at EU External Borders

This study examines current and forthcoming measures related to the exchange of data and information in EU JHA policies, with a focus on the ‘smart borders’ initiative. It argues that there is no reversibility in the growing reliance on such schemes and asks whether current and forthcoming proposals are necessary and original. The study outlines […]

Fighting cyber crime and protecting privacy in the cloud

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