About Us


SECILE (Securing Europe Through Counter-Terrorism: Impact, Legitimacy, and Effectiveness) is a part-EU funded project of assembled European human rights and legal research experts tasked with exploring the true impact of European counter-terrorism policy since 2001.

In the first European project of its kind, the project team will, over the next 18 months, look to assess and understand the extent to which various actors have been impacted by counter-terrorism legislation in Europe – from the citizen, to the legislator, to the security services, and the domestic courts.


Partner Profiles

Durham University is one of the oldest universities in the UK, and a global Top 100 university. Its Law School, where SECILE is based, is ranked 4th for research excellence in the UK and is a QS Top 100 Law School. Professor Fiona de Londras is Durham’s academic representative for SECILE. She is a specialist in human rights, counter-terrorism and constitutionalism. Professor de Londras has recently published Detention in the War of Terror: Can Human Rights Fight Back (2011) and is currently working on a further monograph on the human rights implications of corporate involvement in counter-terrorism. She has published more than twenty peer-reviewed articles in notable international journals such as Human Rights Quarterly. Joining Fiona from Durham in SECILE are the following: Josephine Doody (BA, MDevtS, LL.M, PhD) is a post-doctoral researcher in European counter-terrorism in Durham Law School and associate lecturer in social sciences in the Open University. Her publications are largely in the area of counter-terrorism and social harm. Yulia Chistyakova (PhD) is a postdoctoral research associate in criminology in Durham University and was a researcher on SECILE during the summer of 2013. Her publications largely relate to policing, often focusing on policing in Eastern Europe. Courtenay Howe (LLB) is the project officer for SECILE based in Durham University.

Centre for Irish and European Security (CIES) since its inception in 2008 has offered expert independent research in the field of Irish and European aviation, civil and border security. Most recently our research has been directed towards ethical themes of security technology implementation. CIES participates on an ongoing basis in a number of European funded projects – PACT & ETTIS, and now SECILE – under the Framework Seven Programme (FP7), with a further number of projects due to begin in 2014, offering expert research on the ethical and societal impact of new security technology as well as policy integration and dissemination activities.

Statewatch is one of Europe’s leading non-governmental providers of information about the development and implementation of EU Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) and security policy. Statewatch’s JHA information services are used by tens of thousands of journalists, civil society organisations, policy-makers, governments, national and European parliamentarians, lawyers, academics, students, researchers and private organisations and individuals across Europe and throughout the world.

The National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) was established in 2004 by the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), the Irish Naval Service (INS) and a private partner, Focus Education, to provide training and education to both the merchant marine officers and non-military aspects Irish Naval Service officer education. Cdr (Rtd) Mr. Thomas Tuohy of the HALPIN Centre for Research and Innovation and Lt Cdr. Ms. Erika Downing of the Irish Naval Service will represent the NMCI in SECILE.

Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), established in 1959, is a key institution within peace research with a primary mission to conduct high quality academic research on questions relevant to the promotion of a more peaceful world. PRIO is an independent and international institute located in central Oslo housing several thematic research programmes including one on security. Professor Peter Burgess will lead PRIO’s involvement in SECILE along with Dr Rozemarijn van der Hilst, a senior researcher at PRIO, who will be responsible for the part of WP4 that focusses on the disruption of terrorist financing. Her research interests include human rights, in particular the right to privacy, counter-terrorism and the development of security technologies.

King’s College London’s  involvement in SECILE is led by the Centre of European Law within The Dickson Poon School of Law, which is one of the oldest law schools in England and part of one of the top 20 universities in the world. SECILE at King’s is led by Dr. Cian Murphy, whose books include the prize-winning monograph EU Counter-Terrorism Law: Pre-Emption and the Rule of Law (2012). Dr. Aldo Zammit-Borda is Research Associate for SECILE at King’s, his publications include work on international courts and precedent in international law.

The Supreme Court of the Republic of Latvia is part of the country’s independent judicial system and the highest level court. It was established for the purpose of carrying out judicial power and for the strengthening of the rule of law in the country. It bears the supreme responsibility for a just and non-partisan delivery of justice. Basic functions of the Supreme Court are administration of justice at appellate and cassation instance, in line with the principles of fairness and the rule of law, as well as taking into account timeliness of reviewing of cases, and the development of uniform case law on the furtherance of legal ideals and the national legal principles. On the basis of the Investigatory Operations Law, the Supreme Court of Latvia examines the legality and justification of special investigations, acceptance of requests upon secret data available in credit institutions, established in law.


Advisory Board

The advisory board is made up of Prof. George Williams, University of New South Wales; Prof. Kent Roach, University of Toronto; David Anderson QC, Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, United Kingdom; Prof. Fionnuala ní Aoláin, Transitional Justice Institute & University of Minnesota; Dr. Steve Wright, Leeds Metropolitan University; Dr. Gemma Galdon Clavell, Universitat de Barcelona (UB); Dr. Merle Missoweit, Fraunhofer Institute for Technological Trend Analysis; and Dr. Reinhard Kreissl, Institute for the Sociology of Law and Criminology (IRKS).





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