Published: 13 May 2015 at 14:36
Anglia Ruskin academic co-authors study on counter-terrorism law and policy.
A lack of trust amongst European Union member states is hindering counter-terrorism activities, according to a new study published in The Impact, Legitimacy & Effectiveness of EU Counter-terrorism (Routledge).
The research, which involved the participation of 26 counter-terrorism operatives from across the EU, focuses on counter-terrorist finance initiatives, the European Arrest Warrant and border control databases.
Co-authored by Dr Aldo Zammit Borda of Anglia Ruskin University, along with Dr Cian C. Murphy at King’s College London and Lucy Hoyte, the study found that cross-border co-operation is affected by issues of trust and complexity, as well as questions over legitimacy and fairness.
Several EU border control experts who took part in the research, which was funded by the European Union Framework 7 programme, believed a lack of mutual trust affected how much information was shared through databases – or even whether it was shared at all.
One law enforcement officer, from Greece, said:
Participants also expressed concern at the growing complexity of border control databases. Regarding Schengen Information System II, one said:
Dr Aldo Zammit Borda, former First Secretary in Malta’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and now Senior Lecturer in Law at Anglia Ruskin University, said: