Mass Electronic Surveillance, Security and Rights in Liberal Democracies panel discussion at RCIR

Snapshot of Boundless Informant global heat map of data collection. The color scheme ranges from green (least subjected to surveillance) through yellow and orange to red (most surveillance). Note the '2007' date in the image relates to the document from which the interactive map derives its top secret classification, not to the map itself.

Snapshot of Boundless Informant global heat map of data collection. Color scheme ranges from green (least subjected to surveillance) through yellow and orange to red (most surveillance). The ‘2007’ date in the image relates to the document from which the interactive map derives its top secret classification, not to the map itself. Source here.

21st January 2014, 630pm, Safra Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus.Please be prompt as seats are first come, first served.

The Research Centre in International Relations in the Department of War Studies will host a panel discussion on revelations relating to mass electronic surveillance and its implications for civil liberties and rights.

Speakers include Sir David Omand (former Head of GCHQ and Visiting Professor in the Department of War Studies), Ben Emmerson QC (Mr. Ben Emmerson, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, and Matrix Chambers), Professor Didier Bigo (Department of War Studies and Sciences Po, Paris), and chairing, Professor Vivienne Jabri (Department of War Studies, head of RCIR).

The event is at the Edmond J. Safra Lecture Theatre, King’s College London Strand Campus, Strand, London WC2R 2LS. Directions here.

Ben Emmerson QC is the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism and barrister in London of 25 years in human rights law with Matrix Chambers. He is a deputy High Court Judge and Master of the Bench of Middle Temple.

Sir David Omand is a civil servant and former director of GCHQ 1996 to 1997, then Permanent Secretary and Security and Intelligence Co-ordinator at the Cabinet Office. Omand is currently a visiting professor at King’s College London and author of Securing the State (Hurst&Co 2012).

Professor Vivienne Jabri, King’s College London, Her research focuses on critical theories of politics and international relations, war and political violence, the politics of security and identity/difference. Publications include The Postcolonial Subject (Routledge 2012) and War and the Transformation of Global Politics (Palgrave Macmillan 2010).

Professor Didier Bigo, King’s College London and Sciences Politiques Paris, is an expert in security and liberty, antiterrorist policies in Europe after 9/11, migrants and refugees in Europe, and international political sociology, co-author of the European Parliament’s report on ‘National Programmes for Mass Surveillance’ report and The Field of the EU Internal Security Agencies (L’Harmattan 2007).

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