Open Lecture: “Anti-terrorism in the EU – a Human Rights Perspective”

Join a discussion with Jonas Grimheden on 27 January about the human rights implications of the European Union’s new instruments aimed at countering terrorism.

jonas_grimhedenJonas Grimheden is a Senior Policy Manager at the European Union’s human rights advisory body, the Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), located in Vienna, Austria. Previously heading FRA’s access to justice work, he has been with the agency since 2009. He is a specialist in international human rights law with a focus on criminal justice, indicators, and monitoring mechanisms.

Grimheden says that following on from the terrorist attacks in Europe the last couple of years in particular, European Union action is needed to facilitate common cross-border cooperation. He says the tragic events have also led to stronger momentum for the Member States to agree to more resolute action.

Due to this, a number of EU instruments countering terrorism are being adopted, importantly the Directive on combating terrorism.

“While the aim of these are good, the context and the speed at which they are adopted risk undermining the effectiveness of the measures,” he says. “Human rights concerns are central in this respect, including the presumption of innocence and freedom of expression. What are the main problems, how do they come about and what could be done to improve the situation?”

The first part of the session will be an open lecture followed by an open discussion and questions from the audience.

Karol Nowak, Doctor of Laws and Director of the Master’s program in International Human Rights Law at Lund University, will moderate the session.

 

Date: January 27th

Time: 14.30-16.00

Place: Pufendorf Lecture Hall at Juridicum