Hugo Brady joined the CER in May 2005, as a research fellow on EU institutions and justice and home affairs (JHA). Since 2009, he has been based in Brussels, thanks to the generous support of the Open Society Institute.
Hugo writes and commentates on the future of the EU's Schengen area of passport-free travel which is dependent on member countries agreeing effective common approaches to both migration and security policy. He has published reports on counter-terrorism strategy, the development of EU migration policy and collective European efforts to tackle international organised crime, including through better co-operation between prosecutors and police. In 2010 and 2011, Hugo was consulted by both the European Commission and UK House of Lords on the development of an EU strategy for internal security. In June 2011, he was invited to address the inaugural European Police Chiefs Conference in The Hague and asked to contribute ideas to a summit of EU leaders called to debate European migration policy and the reform of the Schengen area.
Hugo also thinks about the overall future of the EU and follows closely the implementation of the Lisbon treaty which was intended to reform its main institutions: the Commission, European Parliament and Court of Justice. His other research interests include Britain's European debate, the connections between EU foreign policy and the justice and home affairs field, and European co-operation in civil (i.e. non-criminal) justice matters.
Hugo previously worked in the Department of Foreign Affairs in Ireland and as a researcher at the Institute for European Affairs in Dublin. He has also worked as a journalist with various Irish newspapers, including the Sunday Business Post, and with the Irish public broadcaster RTE.
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.
Areas of expertise
Justice and home affairs, the reform of EU institutions and Britain