The Paradox Between Human Rights and Security Politics

Hosted by the European Institute

Online Public Event


Professor Daniela Haarhuis

Professor Daniela Haarhuis

Gijs de Vries

Gijs de Vries



Dr Jennifer Jackson-Preece

Dr Jennifer Jackson-Preece

The rise of technology has a growing impact on security, and adds to the number of questions that arise when security policy intersects with human rights.

Should governments and the EU limit exports of surveillance technology? Should information obtained through torture be used by police and security agencies? Should encryption be banned for the sake of security over privacy? When should freedom of speech prevail over official security concerns? This event will explore the issues raised by the use of modern technology and its impact on security politics and human rights.

Daniela Haarhuis is Professor of Human Rights Law at the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf, Germany. She obtained her degrees and PhD in Law and in Political Science in Munich and Geneva. She additionally worked abroad at the UNESCO in Paris and the International Court of Justice in The Hague. After working as a criminal defense lawyer in Munich Professor Haarhuis obtained a post as a consultant at the German Federal Chancellery specialising in security politics. There she mainly dealt with counter proliferation and export control as well as organized crime and cyber security.

Gijs de Vries is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the LSE European Institute, and former State Secretary of the Interior in the government of The Netherlands. From 2004-2007 he served as the European Union’s first Counter-Terrorism Coordinator.

Jennifer Jackson-Preece (@jackson_preece) is an Associate Professor in Nationalism, with a joint appointment in both the European Institute and the Department of International Relations, LSE.

The LSE European Institute (@LSEEI) is a centre for research and graduate teaching on the processes of integration and fragmentation within Europe. In the most recent national Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) the Institute was ranked first for research in its sector.

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