Research Handbook on the European Union and International Organizations
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Research Handbook on the European Union and International Organizations

Edited by Ramses A. Wessel and Jed Odermatt

Over the years, the European Union has developed relationships with other international institutions, mainly as a result of its increasingly active role as a global actor and the transfer of competences from the Member States to the EU. This book presents a comprehensive and critical assessment of the EU’s engagement with other international institutions, examining both the EU’s representation and cooperation as well as the influence of these bodies on the development of EU law and policy.
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Chapter 25: Police and judicial cooperation in criminal affairs

Claudio Matera


Police and judicial cooperation in criminal affairs have been considered as predominantly internal policies of the EU integration process. However, since the creation of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice in 1999 the EU has consistently promoted cooperation with international institutions. Cooperation with international institutions in the fields of police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters has occurred either to assert the EU’s role as a global actor, or as an instrument to promote and advance internal integration. This chapter shows that in spite of formal obstacles that may hinder EU activism, participation and promotion to the activities of international institutions cover the adoption of norms, operational cooperation and the support of international institutions with third countries. It also argues that the various forms of engagement are explained by the specific need to preserving the uniformity of EU internal policies.

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