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Security versus Justice?

Police and Judicial Cooperation in the European Union
(edited by Elspeth Guild and Florian Geyer)

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.

For nearly two decades, the EU has been diligent in its quest to crack down on law-breakers. In particular, a number of agencies have been created to clamp down on illegal activities, including the European Police College (CEPOL), which teams up senior European police officers to fight crime and maintain public security, and law and order. For their part, the European Police Office (EUROPOL) targets the prevention and obstruction of organised international crime, and Eurojust seeks to strengthen the work carried out by competent authorities that contend with serious cross-border and organised crime.

Moreover, the EU has followed through on a number of initiatives and reforms to ensure a secure and just region; but ensuring that both security and justice are delivered is not such an obvious task.

An in-depth look at the measures envisaged and implemented by the EU is found in Security versus Justice? Police and Judicial Cooperation in the European Union. This publication offers readers an understanding of the marriage between two areas of EU law: policing and criminal justice. Here, readers from all walks of life can get a better picture of what and why changes have been made, and what results are expected in the long run.

The book is based on research conducted in the framework of the Integrated Project CHALLENGE (The Changing Landscape of Liberty and Security in Europe).