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Security versus Justice? Police and Judicial Cooperation in the European Union

Wednesday 4 June 2008, by Geyer Florian , Guild Elspeth


"An excellent and highly readable guide on the essentials of police and judicial cooperation in the European Union. Presents a comprehensive, analytic and balanced portrait covering a variety of themes in a rapidly changing legal landscape...a vital source of reference for students, researchers and policy makers in this field." – Gert Vermeulen, Ghent University, Belgium

One of the most dynamic areas of recent EU law has been cooperation in the fields of policing and criminal justice. This book enables readers to understand the changes that have taken place by examining how and why they occurred, along with the subsequent outcomes.


Introduction: the search for EU criminal law – where is it headed?, Elspeth Guild and Florian Geyer.


Security, freedom and accountability: Europol and Frontex, Sonja Puntscher Riekmann;

Eurojust – a cornerstone of the federal criminal justice system in the EU?, Jiri Vlastnik;

The 3rd pillar and the Court of Justice: a ‘praetorian communitarization’ of police and judicial cooperation criminal matters?, Eulalia Sanfrutos Cano;

EU member states’ complicity in extraordinary renditions, Judit Toth.

Concepts And Instruments

EU police cooperation: national sovereignty framed by European security?, Didier Bigo;

Too different to trust? First experiences with the application of the European arrest warrant, Julia Sievers;

Reflexive governance and the EU 3rd pillar: analysis of data protection and criminal law aspects, Gloria Gonzalez Fuster and Pieter Paepe.

Law And Policy

The competence question: the European Community and criminal law, Valsamis Mitsilegas;

The proposal for a council framework decision on certain procedural rights in criminal proceedings throughout the European Union, Mar Jimeno-Bulnes;

The ‘Prüm Process’: the way forward for EU police cooperation and data exchange?, Rocco Bellanova.

PractIce – AchIevements And Obstacles

Policing a European border region: the case of the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion, Toine Spapens;

Uniforms without uniformity: a critical look at European standards in policing, Peter Hobbing;

Third pillar developments from a practitioner’s perspective, Richard Lang;

The EU counter-terrorism strategy and human rights in Central Asia: do as I say not as I do?, Susie Alegre.

A possible Future: The Reform Treaty and justice and home affairs: implications for the common area of freedom, security and justice, Sergio Carrera and Florian Geyer;

Bibliography; Index.

Source Ashgate

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