Geoffrey Harris

Geoffrey Harris
A graduate of Manchester University and the College of Europe,he was from 1976-2016 an official of the European Parliament.. He was recently appointed as Distinguished Teaching Fellow of European Integration and Global Human Rights at Vesalius College (Vrije Universiteit Brussels) and as a visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium (EU Parliamentary Diplomacy). His final posting as an EP official was as the Deputy Head of the European Parliament's Liaison Office with the U.S. Congress, based in Washington D.C.

From 2005 until July 2012 he was the Head of the Human Rights Unit within the Secretariat General of the European Parliament (Directorate General for external policies DGEXPO). This unit provided the back-up for the Human Rights sub-committee, a parliamentary body working in the framework of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament. The unit also provided back-up for all initiatives and aspects of the work of the institution concerning human rights (the President, the Foreign Affairs, Development and External Trade committees and the Inter parliamentary delegations).

Prior to this position he was (1992 - 2004) in charge of inter-parliamentary relations with countries in Europe but outside the E.U. He coordinated relations with the parliaments of all countries involved in the enlargement process as well as with Russia, the Balkans, the countries of the eastern neighbourhood of the E.U. as well as the European Economic Area.

From 1989-1992 he was the diplomatic adviser to the President of Parliament. From 1976 to 1989 he was an official of the centre left Socialist Group where he worked on Institutional and Budgetary Affairs, Regional policy and issues relating to racism and xenophobia.  

He has written one book: The Dark Side of Europe (Columbia 1993) on the subject of right-wing extremism in contemporary Europe.  

He has participated in numerous international academic conferences and contributed to a number of academic publications and produced a number of academic papers and articles on EU issues, including the enlargement process , transatlantic relations, human rights and Europe's normative power. He has been a visiting scholar at Cornell (US) and Edinburgh (UK) universities.