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European Union Internal Security Governance


Since the Treaty of Amsterdam (1999) the European Union has an explicit mandate, under the treaty objective of establishing and maintaining an "area of freedom, security and justice", to provide citizens with a "high level of safety/security", a mandate reinforced by the Tampere and Seville European Councils. As a result the EU has acquired a growing role in the provision of internal security to European citizens, one of the most fundamental public goods and an essential pre-condition for societal and political stability as well as steady economic development.

The proposed Marie Curie Chair is intended to carry out leading edge research and to provide high quality research training on the conditions, challenges, the potential and the limits of EU internal security governance, focusing on the following four main objectives:
(1) the conceptualisation of "internal security" at the EU level;
(2) he analysis of the cost/benefit balance of EU action in the selected fields of the fight against international terrorism, organised crime and illegal immigration;
(3) the comparative analysis of the relative efficiency of different "soft" and "hard" methods of EU governance in the internal security field;
(4) the analysis and evaluation of democratic and judicial control procedures applied to EU governance in the internal security domain.

By bringing together a political scientist with a leading expertise on EU internal security governance with the outstanding legal expertise of a host specialising in this area this transnational mobility is intended to lead to a European centre of excellence of research and postgraduate teaching on EU internal security governance issues.

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