1st Edition

Security in Transnational Spaces Legal and Political Perspectives across Europe

Edited By Silvia D'Amato, Athina Sachoulidou Copyright 2023

    This book focuses on transnationalism as a key concept to evaluate how Europe experiences, perceives and responds to current cross-border security challenges from a legal and political perspective.

    The chapters in this volume specifically provide state-of-the-art accounts on several legal and political developments that have recently taken place in relation to transnational issues, such as terrorism, irregular migration and human rights violations. It specifically discusses how Europe experiences, perceives and responds to security challenges with the expectation to identify those facets of transnationalism that would ‘equally’ concern political scientists and legal scholars, especially those working on subjects pertaining to the EU governance. Through a timely analysis of the specificities of these cases, the book contributes to a much wider debate on whether and to what extent the changes and practices identified are still in accordance with cornerstones of the EU governance project, such as fundamental freedoms, democracy and the rule of law. Overall, the book provides a fresh reading on the current status of security across Europe and the way it is understood and practiced from a multidisciplinary perspective

    With a revised introduction and a new conclusion, this edited volume this is the ideal companion for students, researchers and practitioners interested in law, public policy and administration, and security. This book was originally published in the Journal of Contemporary European Studies.

    Introduction: Security in Transnational Spaces: Legal and Political Questions in Europe.

    Silvia D’Amato and Athina Sachoulidou

    1. Bordering power Europe? The mobility-bordering nexus in and by the European Union

    Giorgio Grappi and Sonia Lucarelli

    2. Counter-terrorism and the repression of Islamic activism: Hizb ut-Tahrir in Britain and Denmark

    Richard McNeil-Willson

    3. Actors and Sites for Knowledge Production on Radicalisation in Europe and Beyond

    Alessandra Russo and Ervjola Selenica

    4. EU global human rights sanctions regime: is the genie out of the bottle?

    Christina Eckes

    5. Europol and cybercrime: Europol’s sharing decryption platform

    Ethem Ilbiz and Christian Kaunert

    6. OK Google: is (s)he guilty?

    Athina Sachoulidou

    7. The perceived rationale, variegated institutional take and impact of the EU’s human rights policy in Armenia and Georgia

    Tatevik Badalyana and Syuzanna Vasilyan

    8. Who sets the agenda? The influence of the European Commission and the European Council in shaping the EU’s response to the European sovereign debt crisis

    David Moloney

    Conclusion—Security in Transnational Spaces: Legal and Political Questions in Europe

    Silvia D’Amato and Athina Sachoulidou


    Silvia D'Amato is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA). Prior to joining Leiden University, she was Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute as well as Adjunct Professor and interim Academic Coordinator for the James Madison University MA EUPS Programme in Florence. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Scuola Normale Superiore and she has been Post-Doctoral fellow within the H2020 project RESPOND at University of Florence. Her research interests include terrorism and counterterrorism, international politics, military interventions and comparative counterterrorism strategies.

    Athina Sachoulidou is Assistant Professor in Criminal Law at the NOVA School of Law in Lisbon. Prior to joining the Nova School of Law, she was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute. She holds a PhD in Law from the Ruperto Carola University of Heidelberg. Her doctoral thesis was presented with the Ruprecht-Karls award for outstanding scholarly works in November 2019. Her areas of research include: corporate liability ex crimine and the study of deviant behaviour in corporate environments; new and emerging technologies in the area of criminal law; the use of artificial intelligence in law enforcement and criminal justice settings; cross-border access to electronic evidence. Currently, she represents NOVA School of Law in the international consortium of the EU H2020 project TRACE.