2011: 20th anniversary conference

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STATEWATCHING EUROPE: Civil Liberties, the State and the European Union

Saturday 25 June 2011

Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Statewatch's 20th anniversary conference was held at Conway Hall in London on Saturday 25th June 2011. More than 220 people from 18 EU countries registered and over 30 NGOs attended the conference.

The opening plenary session saw speeches from Gareth Peirce (solicitor and author of Dispatches from the Dark Side: On Torture and the Death of Justice) discussing the war on terror and Tony Bunyan (Director of Statewatch) on the state of Europe. You can find recordings of other sessions below.



Welcome: Ann Singleton
University of Bristol & Co-Chair of Statewatch Trustees

Gareth Peirce: 'The war on terror' (view on Vimeo)
Gareth Peirce is a solicitor & author of 'Dispatches from the Dark Side: On Torture and the Death of Justice'

Tony Bunyan: "The state of Europe" (view on Vimeo)
Tony Bunyan is Director of Statewatch.




Workshops (parallel)

1. Border controls, migration and asylum

Frances Webber (view on Vimeo)

Nadine Finch (view on Vimeo)

Vassilis Karydis (view on Vimeo)

Isabelle Caillol (view on Vimeo)

Audience Q & A: Part I (view on Vimeo)

Audience Q & A: Part II (view on Vimeo)

Audience Q & A: Part III (view on Vimeo)

2. Mass surveillance and technologies of control

3. The Stockholm Programme and post-Lisbon EU 




Workshops (parallel)

4. Criminalising communities and the policing of protest

Paddy Hillyard (view on Vimeo)

Heiner Busch (view on Vimeo)

Vicki Sentas (view on Vimeo)

Gabriella Petti (view on Vimeo)

Audience Q & A (view on Vimeo)

5. Racism, Islamophobia and the far-right

6. Defending civil liberties: strategies of resistance




Panel: Looking back, looking forward

Shami Chakrabati, Director of Liberty (view on Vimeo)

Courtenay Griffith, Garden Court Chambers (view on Vimeo)

Aidan White, Secretary-General, International Federation of Journalists (1987-2011) (view on Vimeo)

Tony Bunyan, Director of Statewatch (view on Vimeo)

Audience Q & A (view on Vimeo)

Workshop speakers 

Heiner Busch, Komitee fur Grundrechte und Demokratie

Deirdre Curtin, University of Amsterdam

Staffan Dahloff, Journalist, Denmark

Liz Fekete, Institute of Race Relations

Nadine Finch, Garden Court Chambers

Ben Hayes, Statewatch

Paddy Hillyard, Queen's University Belfast

Walter van Holst, European Digital Rights Initiative (EDRi)

Vassilis Karydis, Deputy Ombudsman, Greece

Isabelle Caillol, Migreurop

Jean Lambert, MEP Green Party (UK)

Steve Peers, University of Essex

Asim Qureshi, CagePrisoners

Minas Samatas, University of Crete

Vicki Sentas, CAMPACC

Gavin Sullivan, ECCHR (Berlin)

Eric Töpfer, Burgerrechte & Polizei/CILIP (Germany)

Rui Tavares MEP, GUE, Portugal (TBC)

Cilius Victor, Newham Monitoring Project

Yasha Maccanico, Statewatch

Frances Webber, Institute of Race Relations

Steve Wright, Leeds Metropolitan University

For latest version of conference agenda and details of workshop and speakers click here.

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