2001: 10th anniversary conference

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Statewatching the new Europe 2001: international conference on the state, civil liberties and secrecy

Saturday 30 June 2001 10.00 am - 5.30 pm

University of London Students Union, Malet Street, London WC1
[nearest tubes: Warren Street, Russell Square, Goodge Street, Euston Square]

Conference agenda

9.00 Doors open: stalls and coffee available

10.00 Conference starts: Welcome by chair

10.10 Keynote speech:

"The globalisation of control: Towards an integrated surveillance system in Europe"
Thomas Mathiesen, Professor of sociology of law, University of Oslo, followed by discussion

11.00 Tony Bunyan, Statewatch: Statewatching - past, present and future

11.10 Coffee break

11.30 Workshops (see below)

1.00 LUNCH

2.00 Afternoon session

2.00 Report back from workshops 1-3

2.15 Keynote speech:

"Where now for liberties and rights?"
Gareth Peirce, lawyer
followed by discussion

2.45 Panel discussion: Perspectives on the EU: Civil liberties and the state

Courtenay Griffith QC
Heidi Hautala MEP, Finland, Co-President of the Green/EFA group in the European Parliament
Liz Fekete, Institute of Race Relations
Professor Deirdre Curtin, Utrecht University, Netherlands

3.40 Tea break

4.00 Report back from workshops 4-6

4.15 Panel discussion:
Perspectives on "Statewatching": the role of civil society/the EU and global developments

Hilary Wainwright, editor Red Pepper
Colin Prescod, Institute of Race Relations

4.30 Appeal: Aidan White, European Federation of Journalists and Lee Bridges, Statewatch

4.45 Panel discussion continues:

Glyn Ford MEP
Andrew Puddephatt, Article 19
Didier Bigo, Culture & Conflits, Paris
Ian Macdonald QC

Questions and final discussion

5.45 Conference finishes


1. National security, EU-FBI surveillance of telecommunications, NATO and EU

Simon Davies, Privacy International
Steve Wright, OMEGA Foundation
Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian
Kees Kalkman, Amok, Netherlands (chair)
Caspar Bowden, Foundation for Information Policy Research
Ilka Schroeder MEP, member of the inquiry into Echelon
Eric Moechel, quintessenz, Austria

2. Racism in the EU

Ida Koch, Denmark (chair)
Liz Fekete, Institute of Race Relations
Suresh Grover, National Civil Rights Movement
Maryam Namazie, International Federation of Iranian Refugees
Cornelius Yufani, VOICE, Africa Forum e.V.

3. Immigration and asylum in the UK & EU

Frances Webber, Institute of Race Relations
Nadine Finch, lawyer (chair)
Steve Peers, Essex University
Elspeth Guild, Immigration Law Practitioners Association
Neil Gerrard MP

4. Civil liberties in Britain and Northern Ireland, reflections on the last two decades

Paddy Hillyard, Belfast, University of Ulster, (chair)
Joe Sim, John Moores University
Mike Tomlinson, Queens College, Belfast
Phil Scraton, Edge Hill University College

5. Policing, Schengen, EU databases and legal cooperation

Christian Busold, lawyer, Germany
Heiner Busch, CILIP, Germany (chair)
Stephen Jakobi, Fair Trials Abroad
Professor Lode van Outrive, Belgium

6. Freedom of information - access to documents

Tony Bunyan, Statewatch (chair)
Professor Deirdre Curtin, Utrecht University
Aidan White, European Federation of Journalists
Maurice Frankel, Campaign for Freedom of Information
Norbet Pütter, CILIP, Berlin

Founded in 1991, Statewatch is an independent group of researchers, academics, journalists, lawyers and community activists. Working on a broad range of civil liberties issues, Statewatch has gained a reputationfor accuracy and originality. Ten years since Statewatch was formed and seven years since the groundbreaking "Statewatching the new Europe" conference raised concerns about the emerging European state, Statewatch is bringing together speakers from across Europe to explore the links between the state and its agencies in the context of globalisation. The conference will look at decision-making structures, new technologies of control, migration and racism, secrecy and accountability.

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