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Durham University

Durham Law School



Professor de Londras to lead international research collaboration on the impact of counter-terrorism

(1 May 2013)

Over the next 18-months Durham Law School will lead a major research project on the social and practical impact of EU counter-terrorist laws and policies. The project, which is entitled SECILE—Securing Europe Through Counter-Terrorism: Impact, Legitimacy and Effectiveness, is funded by an FP7 research grant of €703,000.


The research, led by Professor Fiona de Londras, aims to combine empirical case studies of three different areas of counter-terrorism law (border control, the European Arrest Warrant, and terrorist asset freezing) with insights from law, sociology, political science and security studies in order to develop useable guidelines for European law-makers devising such law in the future.


In addition to developing these practical guides for lawmakers, the project will also generate new insights into the concepts of impact, effectiveness and legitimacy in the context of counter-terrorism as they are used within the EU. These normative and theoretical developments will mean that the work from this project is of use not just at EU-level but also to national lawmakers within and beyond the Union.


Led by Durham, the project is undertaken by a consortium of partners from across Europe. These partners are King’s College London, Statewatch, the Centre for Irish and European Security, the Peace Research Institute Oslo, the Irish Navy (cooperating through Cork Institute of Technology), and the Supreme Court of Latvia. Speaking at the commencement of the project, Professor de Londras remarked ‘the award of this major research grant is a reflection of Durham Law School’s excellence in research in the field of counter-terrorism. Work done here in Durham has already had a significant effect in domestic debates on terrorism and human rights, and SECILE offers us the opportunity to contribute in an important way to smiilar debates at European level”.


The entire consortium will meet to formally commence the project in Durham on May 21st and SECILE will run until 1 November 2014.