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The 2012 convictions in Britain for the murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993 brought into sharp focus the problematic interaction between racial discrimination and criminal justice. However this is not just a British problem: there are young black men and women living throughout the EU whose lives are significantly affected by the negative interaction between racial discrimination, criminal justice and – increasingly – EU law. Very little attention has been paid to the inter-relationship between these areas.

The purpose of this project is to explore the meaning of an area of freedom, security and justice from the perspective of black Union residents and citizens. Given the ever-increasing action at national and EU level, there remains significant scope for empirical examination, theoretical elaboration and further intervention. It is hoped to build a space that will support and sustain scholarly, policy and legal attention on lives lived at the nexus of race, EU law and criminal justice.