From the point of view of both migration and asylum policy and the fight against terrorism, Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) is a key policy area. It is also an area that poses important challenges and raises questions with regard to the preservation of fundamental freedoms. This volume looks at the emerging European Union (EU) area of freedom, security and justice at a time when key policy priorities are taking shape within the EU. Bringing together authors from different backgrounds, this volume is ideal for students and scholars of European studies, law, political science, political theory and sociology.
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, Professor of Law, 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