London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Tony Bunyan

Tony Bunyan is an investigative journalist and writer specialising in
justice and home affairs, civil liberties and freedom of information in
the EU. He has been the Director of Statewatch since 1990 and edits
Statewatch Bulletin and Statewatch News online. He is the author of The
Political Police in Britain (1977) and Secrecy and Openness in the EU
(1999). On behalf of Statewatch he has taken eight successful cases on
access to documents to the European Ombudsman against the Council of the
European Union (the 25 governments). In 2001 and 2004 the "European
Voice" newspaper (owned by the Economist) selected him as one of the
"EV50" - one of the fifty most influential people in the European Union.  



Tel. 0208 802 1882


For the "" (Soros Foundation funded) website on freedom of information - updated and added four new chapters to: "Secrecy and openness in the EU". This is now an online "book" (eight Chapters, bibliography, sources etc) (July 2002 and updated 2004). 

Edited: Essays for democracy and civil liberties (European Civil Liberties Network) [16 contributors, October 2005], Spokesman Books, forthcoming 2006.

Tony Bunyan has also taken eight successful complaints against the Council of the European Union to the European Ombudsman over access to EU documents. 


Trier, Germany, 8-10 September 2004
Academy of European Law: Speech at Conference on "EU Anti-terrorism strategy: striking the right balance?" 

Mannheim, Germany, 10-11 September 2004
Connex: "Efficient and democratic governance in a multi-level Europe" - "Kick-off Conference", Mannheim Centre of European Social Research (6th EU Research Framework Network)

Bristol, 16-19 September 2004
Plenary speech at the 24th annual meeting of the European Group on deviancy and social control: Civil liberties, democratic standards and the "war on terrorism".

Tottenham, London 23 September 2004
Talk to public meeting on ID cards and biometric documents

Brussels, Belgium, 4 October 2004
Joint Dialogue meeting organised by the European Policy Centre and the King Baudouin Foundation on "The future EU agenda on asylum, migration and frontiers". Respondent during session on frontiers.

London, 15-17 October 2004
Spoke at three sessions on civil liberties, democracy and the "war on terrorism" at the 3rd European Social Forum 

Manchester, 19 October 2004
Jean Monet Cafe: organised by Professor Jo Shaw: Evening speech on civil liberties, terrorism and democracy. 

London, 11 December 2005
Talk at Praxis workshop on "Deportation and detention in the EU" 

London, 20 January 2004
Spoke at the launch of "Your Right to Know" by Heather Brooke published by Pluto Press at the NUJ Head Office. 

Helsinki, 28 January 2005
Conference in the Finnish parliament: The impact of the "war on terrorism" on civil liberties and democratic standards 

Bristol, 25 February 2005
Open discussion between Glyn Ford MEP and Tony Bunyan organised by the School for Policy Studies, Bristol University on the topic: "The challenges for democracy and civil liberties in the EU after 11 September 2001. 

London, 9 March 2005
Lecture on "Biometrics, ID cards and databases" at the LSE, Privacy and informatics post-graduates 

Bilbao, Spain, 2-3 April 2005
International Federation of Journalists conference on: "Journalism, civil liberties and the war on terrorism". Gave keynote speech. 

Brussels, 26 April 2005
European Parliament hearing on the EU Human Rights Agency - Speech from the platform 

Amsterdam, 28-29 April 2005
Seminar run by the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam on "Global enforcement regimes, transnational crime, international terrorism and money-laundering" 

Brussels, 3 May 2005
Spoke at Press conference to launch the International Federation of Journalists and Statewatch report on: "Journalism, civil liberties and the war on terrorism" 

London, 14 May 2005
ILPA/Justice/British Institute for International and Comparative Law Conference on: "Pushing at a closed door? Developments in EU Asylum and Immigration Law" 

London, 21 May 2005
Speech at the "Suspect Communities" Conference, Human Rights and Social Justice Institute, London Metropolitan University. 

Brussels, 10 June 2005
Took part in a "Roundtable" organised by the Club of Madrid and the European Policy Centre on "The Madrid Agenda at the EU level: Confronting terrorism through democratic means" 

Florence, 17-18 June 2005
European University Institute: Seminar on "Democracy and security" in Professor Helen Wallace's department 

Pisa, 29-30 September 2005
Monash University in Pisa. Conference on "Democracy at the crossroads? Counter-terrorism and the state".

 Brussels, 19 October 2005
Press conference to launch the European Civil Liberties Movement (ECLN) 

Brussels, 20-21 October 2005
European Peace and Human Rights Network conference in the European Parliament - keynote speaker


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