In 2008, ICCR, together with five international partners participated in a project funded by the European Commission External Relations Directorate General entitled „The changing landscape of Justice & Home affairs Cooperation in the EU and EU-Canada relations.” The project aimed to assess the relations between the European Union and Canada in the area of Justice and Home Affairs. It aimed at facilitating a better understanding of the concepts, nature, implications and future prospects related to the Europeanization of Justice and Home Affairs in the EU, as well as its role and dilemmas in the context of EU-Canada relations. The project explored the main transformations affecting the building of transnational policies and cooperation in relation to “Freedom, Security and Justice.” It sought to promote the understanding and to facilitate the development of a policy framework for cooperation implementing comprehensive responses meeting future needs.
The specific objectives of the project were:
- Assessing Justice and Home Affairs policies in the context of EU and EU-Canada relations. Review the progress and obstacles experienced by European cooperation in these areas, the capacity of the EU for developing an “Area of Freedom, Security and Justice” based on the rule of law and fundamental rights, and the paths for a closer relationship between the EU and Canada in the context of safeguarding human rights and civil liberties.
- Identify current dilemmas and future opportunities for the EU and Canada in relation to cooperation in Justice and Home Affairs. Develop an analytical and interdisciplinary study evaluating the policy responses to evolving security and human rights challenges.
The project achieved the above goals and promoted the knowledge on these issues through a series of independent studies and conferences, workshops. ICCR was responsible for the preparation of a study on the role of NGOs in the access to public information using the Hungarian case study of issues related to extraordinary renditions in the EU. ICCR’s other responsibility was to organize a workshop for participants of the project with a focus on the role of the individuals and NGOs and the logics of resistance in in-securitization movements and practices, illiberal practices of liberal regimes and the change of the law-making process and the lack of the logics of resistance when, in the name of democracy, the State justifies illiberal practices. The study and report on the workshop can be downloaded from our website.