Univer­sity of Malta par­tic­i­pates in new Euro­pean Jus­tice project

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The De­part­ment of In­for­ma­tion Pol­icy & Gov­er­nance (IPG) within the Fac­ulty of Me­dia & Knowl­edge Sciences at the Univer­sity of Malta is part of a con­sor­tium re­cently awarded EU fund­ing un­der the DG Jus­tice pro­gramme to un­der­take a 30 months (2018-2020) project en­ti­tled “Strate­gic As­sess­ment for LAW and Po­lice Co­op­er­a­tion – SAT-LAW”.

The project, which ben­e­fits from a EUR 907.590 grant is aimed at con­tribut­ing to a bi-an­nual case­based re­port to the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion on the ap­pli­ca­tion of Direc­tive 2014/41/EU. SATLAW will help na­tional au­thor­i­ties strengthen their ca­pac­ity of ad­dress­ing is­sues re­lated to ju­di­cial co­op­er­a­tion in crim­i­nal mat­ters, train judges and pros­e­cu­tors to bet­ter address re­lated is­sues and in­crease over­all aware­ness on the sub­ject.

The project will use quan­ti­ta­tive and qual­i­ta­tive re­search tech­niques to achieve a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the state of im­ple­men­ta­tion of Direc­tive 2104/41/EU across Europe. It will also or­gan­ise 10 Ju­di­cial Liv­ing Labs ad­dress­ing dif­fer­ent top­ics such as: pro­por­tion­al­ity in the use of SITs and sur­veil­lance; EIO and e-ev­i­dence; and im­ple­men­ta­tion mod­els in dif­fer­ent ad­ver­sar­ial and/or in­quisi­tor cen­tred na­tional pro­ce­dures. The project will also pro­duce a Tool­kit with Promis­ing Prac­tices in Na­tional, Euro­pean and ECtHR law and mul­ti­ple blended train­ing cour­ses.

The tar­get au­di­ence of the SATLAW project are 300 judges, pub­lic pros­e­cu­tors and lawyers, 1000 law en­force­ment per­son­nel, 1000 prison staff and sur­veil­lance judges as well as 500 pri­vate ex­perts across Europe.

The team from the De­part­ment of In­for­ma­tion Pol­icy & Gov­er­nance, led by Pro­fes­sor Joseph Can­nat­aci and Dr. Ai­tana Radu, will be work­ing closely with the other project part­ners, namely the Ital­ian Min­istry of Jus­tice, KEMEA (Greece), Univer­sity of Granada (Spain), Euro­pean Univer­sity of Cyprus, AGENFOR In­ter­na­tional (Italy), Euro-Arab Foundation (Spain), Cen­ter for the Study of Democ­racy (Bul­garia), Czech Technical Univer­sity in Prague (Czech Repub­lic) and the Univer­sity of Tolouse (France). SAT-LAW is part of IPG’s strate­gic in­volve­ment in re­search projects aimed at re­in­forc­ing its lead­ing role in a se­lect group of Uni­ver­si­ties pi­o­neer­ing the de­vel­op­ment of Se­cu­rity Science at a global level.

Prof. Joe Can­nat­aci and Dr Ai­tana Radu lead the Univer­sity of Malta’s team in SAT-LAW

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