Hugo Brady joined the CER in May 2005, as a research fellow on EU institutions and justice and home affairs (JHA). He is also the CER’s representative in Brussels and a visiting fellow with the European Institute at the London School of Economics.
Hugo thinks about the EU’s institutions and the politics behind European legal integration: he follows closely the implementation of the Lisbon treaty which was intended to reform its main institutions: the Commission, Council of Ministers, European Parliament, and to establish the Union's External Action Service. He researches the European Court of Justice and Court of Auditors. His other research interests include Britain's EU debate, the tensions between the rule of law and democracy in Europe, and cross-border co-operation in civil and criminal justice, including the agencies, Europol and Eurojust.
Hugo also writes and commentates on the future of the Schengen area of passport-free travel, European migration policy, the fight against organised crime and the links between the EU’s foreign and home affairs policies. He has advised the European Commission, UK House of Lords, the Home Office Strategy Board and the Judicial Executive Board of England and Wales on JHA policy matters. In 2011, he addressed the inaugural European Police Chiefs Conference in The Hague.
He previously worked in the Department of Foreign Affairs in Ireland and as a researcher at the Institute for European Affairs in Dublin. He holds a M.Econ.Sc (European Economic and Public Affairs) from University College Dublin and a Diploma in European Law from the Law Society of Ireland. He has a degree in journalism from Dublin City University. Hugo regularly appears on international media such as CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, BBC and Euronews; the Financial Times, International Herald Tribune; New York Times, Le Monde, NRC Handelsblatt, Rzeczpospolita and others. He has written opinion editorials for The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Prospect and the European Voice. He writes a regular column for the European affairs website: esharp.eu.
Areas of expertise
Justice and home affairs, the reform of EU institutions and Britain