London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Ben Hayes

Ben Hayes studied geography at Queen Mary’s, University of London. He has worked for the civil liberties organisation Statewatch since 1996 and is Director of the Statewatch European Monitoring and Documenting Centre on Justice and Home Affairs in the EU (SEMDOC). He also works as researcher for the Transnational Institute on their militarism and globalisation programme.

Widely published on civil liberties issues, Ben speaks regularly addresses international conferences, parliaments and intergovernmental organisations. He has worked as a consultant or researcher with many organisations including the International Federation of Journalists, American Civil Liberties Union, Open Society Justice Initiative, House of Lords, Council of Europe and the OSCE.

In 2007 Ben completed a PhD at the University of Ulster. The thesis examined the development and implementation of EU justice and Home Affairs Policy. A book based on this extensive research will be published in 2009. His other recent work concerns the ‘surveillance society’, counter-terrorism policy and the security-industrial complex. For recent publications see Ben’s TNI page.

Contact Information

Tel: 0208 802 1882



  • 'Journalism, Civil Liberties and the War on Terrorism', with Aiden White, International Federation of Journalists, (forthcoming) April 2005.
  • 'Towards a global surveillance system', speech to Ligue des Droits et Libertés conference (A World Under Surveillance: Security, civil liberties and democracy in the era of the "War on Terrorism", University of Quebec, Montreal (UQAM), 29 November 2004), available here.
  • 'The "war on terror" as a "war on freedom and democracy"', speech to Fifth Asia-Europe People's Forum (People's Actions for Human Security in Asia and Europe, Hanoi, Vietnam, 6-9 September 2004), available here.
  • 'The "enemy within": the EU's response to the "anti-globalisation" movement', with Tony Bunyan, in 'Mondialisation des resistances' [Globalisation & Resistance], Editions Syllepse, 2004 [forthcoming in English from Pluto Press]
  • 'Killing me softly: "Improving access to durable solutions": doublespeak and the dismantling of refugee protection in the EU', Statewatch, April 2004, available here


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