From the viewpoint of migration and asylum policy and the fight against terrorism, justice and home affairs is a key policy area. It is also an area that raises important challenges and questions with regard to the preservation of fundamental freedoms. This engaging volume examines the emerging European Union area of freedom, security and justice at a time when key policy priorities are taking shape within the EU. Bringing together contributors from different backgrounds, the volume is ideal for students and scholars of European studies, law, political science, political theory and sociology.
Thierry Balzacq is Research Fellow in the Justice and Home Affairs Unit at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Namur, both in Belgium. He is also Expert to the European Parliament and teaches security studies at Sciences Po Paris. He has published several articles and his main areas of interest are: the pragmatic (re)-conceptualisation of security; international relations theories; technology and the politics of violence. Sergio Carrera is a Research Fellow at CEPS. He is an external expert on 'freedom, security and justice' for the European Economic and Social Committee and on 'immigration and integration' for the European Parliament (DG IPOL). He is PhD candidate in the Faculty of Law of the University of Maastricht (The Netherlands). He is also involved with various trans-European and international projects, including CHALLENGE (Changing Landscape of European Liberty and Security), a Framework Research Programme of DG Research (European Commission). He has had several works published on integration, inclusion, migration and citizenship.
'This book is a timely and critical analysis of all the main issues in EU Justice and Home Affairs Law. In particular the contributors examine the tension between the objectives of ensuring security and immigration control on the one hand, and the protection of human rights and civil liberties on the other, and assess whether the EU has managed to accomplish its objective of creating an area of "freedom, security and justice".' Steve Peers, University of Essex, UK 'This excellent book launches a timely debate on whether the EU is following a balanced implementation of an "area of freedom, security and justice". Based on its well-researched witness to the events of the last five years, the answer must be a resounding "No". With the current state of affairs, we have a long way to go before justice and freedom as well as security are entrenched in EU action. This expert but readable book both informs and inspires those of us working at the coalface on this vital project.' Baroness Sarah Ludford, Member of the European Parliament