31 May, 2013
As from May, 2013, the Supreme Court has implemented partnership in the project “Securing Europe through Counter-Terrorism: Impact, Legitimacy and Effectiveness” (acronym of the project is SECILE), which is fully funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission. The project is managed by Durham University (the United Kingdom); non-governmental organisation “Statewatch” (the United Kingdom), Cork Institute of Technology (Ireland), Oslo Peace Research Institute (Norway), the Centre for Irish and European Security (Ireland), London Queen’s College (the United Kingdom) and the Supreme Court of the Republic of Latvia also participate in the project. It has been envisaged to finish the project in October, 2014. in the SupremeCourt, the project has been implemented by employees of the Division of Provision of Regime of Secrecy.
The goal of the project is to evaluate legitimacy and effectiveness of legal standards, which regulate field of security in Europe, taking into account legal, social, action and democratic prospect. After the terror acts in the USA on September 11, 2011, many legal standards have been issued and many measures were carried out also in Europe to identify and prevent terrorism threats. These measures impact population and often – also private businessmen, but it is impossible to know always, if these measures really prevent terrorism only rather than interfere with individuals’ private life, decrease efficiency of business activities or lobby concrete industries, which implement security measures. In the process of the project modern solutions will be developed, which will help to evaluate legitimacy of legal instruments of field of security, taking into account balance between efficiency of those and observance of human rights.
The main task of the Supreme Court within this project is to manage one of work stages – to study paradigms of impact, legitimacy and efficiency of existing antiterrorism measures in legal, sociological, action and democratic aspect; to explore strong and weak points, similar and different features of these prospects, so that it would be possible to verify these conclusions in practice. In September, conference dedicated to end of work stage will take place in Riga, and security experts from all Europe will participate in it.
Participation in this project is considered to be achievement for the Supreme Court in field of international cooperation, as it had to stand important competition at level of the European Union to receive funds to perform studies within the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission. Study results can be used by lawyers of the European Union, inter alia, judges, when assessing impact, legitimacy and efficiency of antiterrorism measures in different aspects. During the project, information materials for population, employees of institutions of state administration and representatives of non-governmental organisations will be published and important publications and recommendations to the European Commission will be prepared, as well as results of the project will be summarised in the book. Participation in this project is benefit also for employees of the Supreme Court, as it will allow to work in international team and to master newest methods of legal research.
As from June, detailed information about the project can be found on the homepage of the project www.secile.eu.
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