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QMUL Reflection Group on Terrorism and Human Rights: Surveillance, Oversight, and Human Rights in Counter Terrorism

28 November 2016 - 29 November 2016

Time: 5:30 - 6:00pm
Venue: Sciences-Po, Paris

This workshop is organised by Queen Mary Reflection Group on Terrorism and Human Rights, part of the QMUL Criminal Justice Centre.

In this workshop we want to examine the relationship of surveillance by intelligence services in the context of counter-terrorism activities with human rights obligations in respect of the right to protection of the right to privacy of personal data. We will also examine the changing nature of the job of the intelligence services bearing in mind the increasing importance of data collection, management and interpretation in those activities. In this context we will inquire into the nature of oversight bodies and their powers to regulate and ensure the compatibility of intelligence service activities with EU fundamental rights and ECHR human rights.

The keynote speech will be delivered by Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights on 28 November, 17:30-19:30 at CERI, 56 rue Jacob, Salle de Conférence in Paris.


Download the full two day programme [PDF 361KB].

About the organiser

The Queen Mary Reflection Group on Terrorism and Human Rights was established under the aegis of the QMUL Criminal Justice Centre in January 2014. It is a multidisciplinary group including jurists, political scientists, sociologists and international relations experts. It is also an inter-disciplinary group including academics, practicing lawyers and non-governmental organization representatives. The objective of the group is to reflection on the relationship of terrorism and human rights in the contemporary world. The group has held three seminars so far, 4 September 2015, 15 January 2016, and 16 June 2016 devoted to aspects of the current debates. The fourth seminar is now in planning.


How to book

To register for the keynote speech, please go to the Sciencepo webpage.

The event on the 29 November is invitation only.


For more information on this event, please email

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