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About Valsamis Mitsilegas

Valsamis Mitsilegas is Professor of European Criminal Law, Director of the Criminal Justice Centre and Head of the Department of Law at Queen Mary University of London. He has published widely in the fields of security and human rights, surveillance and privacy, European criminal law, immigration, asylum and borders, and on legal and policy responses to transnational crime and terrorism. He is a regular advisor to governments, parliaments, EU institutions and NGOs and is currently member of the European Commission’s Expert Group on European Criminal Policy. His recent monographs include The Criminalisation of Migration in Europe (Springer, 2015) and EU Criminal Law After Lisbon: Rights, Trust and the Transformation of Justice in Europe (Hart/Bloomsbury, forthcoming, May 2016).

Articles by Valsamis Mitsilegas

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Phoebe Braithwaite is openDemocracy’s submissions editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Transatlantic data transfers and privacy protection: an ongoing battle

A meaningful legal response would be the establishment of global privacy standards – a ‘new universal law on surveillance’. Undoubtedly, EU law and case law could provide a guiding light.

Solidarity beyond the state: towards a model of solidarity centred on the refugee

The increase in the flows of asylum seekers towards the European Union in recent years has re-awakened the discussion over the meaning of European solidarity.

Developing a global privacy regime in the age of mass surveillance: four key principles

Europe leads in the field of the protection of privacy, with legislators, particularly courts, addressing head-on the fundamental human rights challenges posed by executive action authorising mass surveillance.

Introducing this week's theme: Privacy and surveillance in 2016

Civil society and the judiciary slowly but steadily brought gains to the protection of privacy after 9/11 that political responses to the Paris attacks and the refugee flows in 2015 and 2016 could just sweep aside. How does the relationship between surveillance and privacy currently stand?

Saving privacy in the age of mass surveillance: do judges hold the key?

European courts have interpreted privacy in a holistic manner, addressing not only the challenges of mass surveillance to data protection and the right to a private life, but also defending privacy as vital to the relationship of trust between the individual and the state in any democracy.

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