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The External Dimension of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice: An Introduction

  • Mark A. Zöller
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Abstract

The external dimension of the area of freedom, security and justice has become an important aspect within the wide variety of actions in criminal matters taken by the European Union. In short, the idea of an external dimension of the area of freedom, security and justice means to extend EU standards for good governance, democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights to as many neighboring and third states as possible to reach more common ground in the fight against transnational elements of crime. Concerns regarding this idea may arise from the fact that the external dimension lacks legal certainty and that its constitutional legitimation and boundaries are still unclear. In addition to this, recent developments in world politics have shown that hesitant and inconsistent behavior by the EU Member States may endanger the export of European values and legal principles to third countries.

Keywords

Organize Crime European Council External Dimension Legal Certainty Criminal Matter 
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Abbreviations

AFSJ

Area of Freedom, Security and Justice

COM

Commission of the European Union

OJ

Official Journal of the European Union

REV

Review

TEC

Treaty establishing the European Community

TEU

Treaty on the European Union

TFEU

Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Law SchoolUniversity of Trier, Fachbereich RechtswissenschaftTrierGermany

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