IIEA Publications

The Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA)

Eugene Regan SC (ed.), European Criminal Justice Post-Lisbon: An Irish Perspective, 25 July 2012.

This publication examines European criminal justice post-Lisbon, drawing on the expertise of leading practitioners from across the criminal justice spectrum, including US Attorney General, Eric H. Holder. It aims to inform policy debate, increase awareness of the implications of the changes in this policy area post-Lisbon and to flag upcoming developments under the Irish EU Presidency. The treaty changes are ultimately aimed at improving the livelihoods of our citizens and securing the rights of the individual to safety and freedom from the ripple effects of cross-border crime.

Contributors include key policy actors such as the Irish Garda (Police) Commissioner, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner, the head of the Criminal Assets Bureau, the Secretary General of the Irish Department of Justice and Equality, a former Director of Public Prosecutions, a former Attorney General of Ireland, the Attorney General of the United States and Eugene Regan SC, who also edited the publication. The preface is written by Nora Owen, former Minister for Justice and Chair of the IIEA Justice Group.

European Criminal Justice Post-Lisbon: An Irish Perspective can be downloaded here.

Linda Barry, European Security in the 21st Century: The EU’s Comprehensive Approach, 17 July 2012.

This IIEA paper explores the significance of the EU’s comprehensive approach to crisis management. Under this approach the EU takes a holistic view of a (potential) crisis situation and recognises that effective, sustainable solutions can only be achieved by using the full range of civilian and military instruments at its disposal.

The paper considers how the EU institutions have been re-aligned by the Lisbon Treaty to facilitate the implementation of the comprehensive approach. It demonstrates that this is a work in progress and that the operational aspects currently lag behind conceptual developments. It examines the implications for Ireland and Europe and concludes that the comprehensive approach creates an opportunity for Ireland to be at the centre of the Union’s response to the complex security threats of the 21st century in a manner that respects the country’s particular strengths and values. The paper can be downloaded here.

This paper forms part of a series of briefing papers on specific aspects of European security and defence policy. The first paper in the series, European Security in the 21st Century, was written by Professors Patrick Keatinge and Ben Tonra. It was published by the IIEA in April 2012, offering a broad outline of the policy sector as a whole. It is available here.

IIEA, The Stability Treaty Ratification Map, regularly updated.

The Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union, an intergovernmental agreement signed by 25 of the 27 EU Member States in March 2012, will enter into force once it has been ratified by 12 of the 17 Eurozone countries. The IIEA’s Stability Treaty Ratification Map is an innovative infographic that visually tracks the timeline and method of ratification for each of the signatories. It is updated regularly as the ratification process proceeds. The IIEA Stability Treaty Ratification Map can be viewed here.