An image of the LINKSCH project title, which is 'Grasping the chains in the link: Understanding the unintended consequences of international counter-narcotics measures for the EU'.

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Project Announcement

Date Announced For Project Conference

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Project Conference
Posted on:
08 October 2012

The LINKSCH project conference will take place over two days in Brussels from Thursday 19 June to Friday 20 June 2014. For more detail or to register for updates, view our Conference Information.

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Second Annual Conference on Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco

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Meeting Announcement
Posted on:
08 October 2012

Plotting a New Course will host the Second Annual Conference on Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco in London from 25–26 February 2013. Plotting a New Course is a forum for the critical analysis of responses to drugs, alcohol and tobacco.

Two days of presentations will explore cross-cutting themes linking social policy, public health, law enforcement, supply, treatment and harm reduction.

The conference will take place at Friends Meeting House, London. For more details, see the Plotting a New Course Homepage.

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Second European Conference On Drug Supply Indicators

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Meeting Announcement
Posted on:
31 August 2012

The EMCDDA and the European Commission will host the Second European Conference on Drug Supply Indicators in Lisbon from 22–23 November. The event represents the final stage of a process to develop a European strategy for monitoring drug markets, crime and supply reduction.

Building on the results of the first conference held in October 2010, the event will focus on three proposed drug supply indicators: drug markets, drug-related crime and drug supply reduction. National and international experts participating in the event will review proposals for the three key indicators, drafted by working groups in 2011, and put forward suggestions for developing and implementing them in the coming years.

The outputs from this process will guide future developments in the EMCDDA’s approach to monitoring in this field and make a significant contribution to achieving the related objectives specified in the EU drugs action plan 2009–12.

For more details, see the EMCDDA Homepage.

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ERA Seminar

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Meeting Announcement
Posted on:
31 August 2012

ERA (The Academy of European Law) will host a seminar in Brussels from 13-14 December 2012 on The New EU Drugs Strategy 2013-2020.

This seminar will provide legal practitioners with an update on the tools available to combat drug trafficking and related issues in the form of the new EU Drugs Strategy 2013-2020, which will be adopted by the end of this year.

For more details, see the ERA Homepage.

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Consortium Meeting In Paris

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Project Announcement
Posted on:
22 August 2012

The second Consortium meeting was held over two days in Paris from 6-7 August 2012, covering a number of important issues. In addition to reviewing material that has been submitted to date, the Consortium formulated resolutions for subsequent tasks.

The University of Glasgow and Coventry University agreed to write a joint outline of research to be carried out for the Central Asia-EU transit chain. These two institutions will also collaborate with Visible Hand Research on outlining a research strategy for Turkey.

Following the approach used in the study of other countries, project partners will specify the types of data collection, unintended consequences and questions that will inform the research to be carried out in subsequent fieldwork. Treatment centres will form the entry point for enquiries. The University of Glasgow will coordinate this exercise in collaboration with other partners.

A report will be submitted to the European Commission's Ethics Board on 20 September 2012. The report will cover, for each country being studied: an outline of tasks and research questions; a methodological framework; a risk assessment; risk management procedures; data protection measures.

Consortium members agreed that the final project report will take the form of a book. The report will comprise of two broad sections: conceptual premises and fieldwork results. Chapters will be written by individual Consortium partners. One chapter, in particular, will compare recorded trends with data already published to highlight new knowledge. Another chapter will be devoted to the effects of EU policies on upstream unintended consequences in terms of causality.

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First Meeting Of The Consortium in Glasgow

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Project Announcement
Posted on:
10 August 2012

LINKSCH is officially underway after the Consortium members held an initial project meeting in Glasgow during February 2012.

A photograph showing the team members of the LINKSCH consortium taken during the initial project meeting in Glasgow.

LINKSCH Consortium Members, © 2012 by Pierre-Arnaud Chouvy

Reading from left to right, the team members attending the meeting were Alex Marshall, Eva Kipnis, Jonathan Goodhand, Lara Spiteri-Cornish, Hans van der Veen, and David Mansfield. Thanks are due to Pierre-Arnaud Chouvy, not shown above since he was the photographer, for recording the moment. Consortium partner Robin Geiß will join us for future meetings.

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  • University of Glasgow logo for use in navigating to the university's homepage
  • Logo for CNRS, the French national research centre in Paris, for use in navigating to the research centre's French-language homepage
  • University of Coventry logo for use in navigating to the university's homepage
  • University of Coventry Business School logo for use in navigating to the school's homepage
  • University of Potsdam logo for use in navigating to the university's German-language homepage
  • Logo for SOAS, the School of African and Oriental Studies at the University of London, for use in navigating to the school's homepage
  • Logo for Visible Hand Research, for information only and not for use in navigating to the consultancy's homepage since no website is currently available

This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 285073.

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