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The Evolving Role of Courts for the European Multi-level Security Setting

Harmut, Aden (2015) The Evolving Role of Courts for the European Multi-level Security Setting. [Conference Proceedings] (Unpublished)

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    Since the September 2001 terrorist attacks, transnational activities of security agencies have been expanded considerably. In parallel, with the establishment and extension of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, the European Union has become an important player in this field – even more so since the full integration of the policies related to policing, security and justice into the EU framework with the Treaty of Lisbon. The paper analyses, from a trans-disciplinary legal and political science perspective, the role that European courts play in the regulation of such kinds of transnational security activities. With the European Convention on Human Rights, the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the fundamental rights guaranteed by national constitutions, the European multi-level system currently has a normative framework that is dense compared to the situation in other parts of the world. Citizens can, under certain conditions, bring cases before national courts, the Council of Europe’s European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the EU. The paper’s central research question is related to the role that the CJEU plays in the protection of human rights and civil liberties in the emerging EU multi-level security setting, and the structural limits of court interventions in this field. The paper shows that the institutional setting is favourable for a high level of fundamental rights protection. However, the still emerging normative framework leads to highly diverse outcomes regarding the case law brought before the CJEU. This outcome is the result of conflicting interests such as security, individual freedom and the effective application of the relevant secondary EU law.

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    Item Type: Conference Proceedings
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > common foreign & security policy 1993--European Global Strategy
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > Third Pillar/JHA/PJCC/AFSJ > general
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    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2015 (14th), March 4-7, 2015
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2016 10:10
    Number of Pages: 19
    Last Modified: 04 Nov 2016 13:45

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