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CJC Annual Lecture: Europol and the Impact of Brexit on European Union Police Cooperation

When: Thursday, October 8, 2020, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Where: Online event

The School of Law is pleased to present the Annual Lecture of the Criminal Justice Centre (CJC) with Sir Rob Wainwright, former Director of Europol.

About the lecture

European Union (EU) police cooperation is an integral part of ensuring security in the region. Cross-border policing has been increasingly promoted since the abolition of border controls between most EU member states in the 1980s. To foster this cooperation, Europol was created and became operational in 1999. Europol’s success in supporting member states policing was not instant, but grew over time. Today Europol is the primary intelligence-sharing and operational coordination centre in Europe, connecting over 1,000 law enforcement agencies and supporting almost 50,000 cross-border investigations each year against transnational threats from crime and terrorism. This lecture will present Europol’s development in a dynamic Union over the past 10 years and the challenges posed by Brexit to the European and UK security landscape.

About the speaker

Sir Rob served as Executive Director of Europol, the European Union law enforcement agency, for almost a decade. Here he helped established the European Counter Terrorism Centre and the European Cybercrime Centre, and led the transformation of Europol into a world-class security institution.

Sir Rob has had a 25-year career in intelligence, policing, government, EU and international affairs, including at the Serious Organised Crime Agency, National Criminal Intelligence Service and the British Security Service. In June 2018 he was awarded a Knighthood by HM The Queen for his services to security and policing.

He has worked across a range of pioneering security solutions in technology, data and intelligence operations, including driving new public-private initiatives on cyber security and financial crime in banking and other sectors through the World Economic Forum (WEF) and Institute of International Finance. Sir Rob is also a Board Member of the WEF Centre for Cyber Security, the Global Cyber Alliance and the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery.

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