INEX: converging and conflicting ethical values in the internal/external security continuum in Europe.

Project Details


Security and insecurity are social, cultural, political concepts. Nowhere is this more evident than in the challenges produced by the evolving continuum between internal and external security challenges. The interdisciplinary project INEX is designed around two research axes: thematic and geopolitical. On the thematic axis it will study four fields of knowledge of high relevance to the question of the ethics and the value-laden tensions arising along the continuum between internal and external security in Europe:
(1) the ethical consequences of the proliferation of security technologies,
(2) the legal dilemmas that arise from transnational security arrangements,
(3) the ethical and value questions that stem from the shifting role of security professionals and
(4) the consequences of the changing role of foreign security policy in an era when the distinction between the external and internal borders grows less distinct On the geopolitical axis it will study and produce recommendations relative to two
geographical theatres of high relevance for ethical issues of internal/external security: the Eastern European 'neighbourhood' including Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova and the Mediterranean 'neighbourhood' including Morocco, Algeria and Egypt.
The project will link directly with representatives of the security technology industry as well as security provision services that implement concretely to the border security arrangements. The state-of-the-art research carried out by the project will result in a variety of different outputs aimed primarily at relevant policymakers, researchers and educators. It will present analyses of current security challenges with particular attention to the human side of the security challenge, and on this basis propose remedial to the new challenges of the internal/external security continuum.
Effective start/end date1/04/0831/03/11


  • Interdisciplinary Study of the Law
  • external security
  • Data protectection
  • security
  • internal security

Flemish discipline codes in use since 2023

  • Law and legal studies


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