Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance

ACELG Seminar: The SWIFT affair and the Global Politics of European Security

Prof. Marieke de Goede, University of Amsterdam, Department of Politics

27Sept2011 13:15 - 14:15


Prof. Marieke de Goede, University of Amsterdam, Department of Politics

In her presentation, Marieke de Goede examines the ‘Swift affair,’ whereby US security authorities acquired access to financial data of European citizens. She argues that this affair is a powerful lens through which to understand current shifts in European security governing. The affair demonstrates the institutional challenges produced by the deployment of private, commercial data for security, and serves as a means to analyze the ad-hoc innovations produced in EU governing as a result. Furthermore, the Swift affair has allowed the EU to position itself in the global security landscape as a normative power that promotes the values of privacy and data protection. However, the development of a European Terrorism Financing Tracking System, coupled with the way in which the EU itself is keenly implementing risk-based and data-led internal security measures, means that critical attention to the EU’s own security practices remains urgent.


Marieke de Goede is Professor of Politics, with a focus on 'Europe in a Global Order,' at the Department of Politics of the University of Amsterdam. She directs the NWO-funded research project ‘European Security Culture’, which explores the contemporary security culture in Europe with a focus on the preventative and preemptive approach to fighting terrorism and other 'new threats'.

Venue and registration

Time and date: Tuesday, 27 September 2011 , 13.15 – 14.15
Venue: Oudemanhuispoort 4-6, 1012 CN Amsterdam, E2.12

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