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The Area of Freedom, Security and Justice and the European Union’s Constitutional Dialogue

Dora Kostakopoulou

in The Fundamentals of EU Law Revisited

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780199226221
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191696206 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226221.003.0006

Series: Collected Courses of the Academy of European Law

The Area of Freedom, Security and Justice and the European Union’s Constitutional Dialogue

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This chapter examines the interplay between the desire to protect human rights and the need for citizens to have ‘freedom, justice, and security’ (FJS). It tracks the development of FJS from its early incarnation in the Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Pillar — introduced by the Maastricht Treaty — through to the changes introduced by the Constitutional Treaty. It argues that the evolution of JHA and the present debate about the constitutional future of the EU are poignant reminders of the fact that EU constitutionalism is, essentially, an ongoing process of debate and engagement with the principles and terms of European governance and with institutional design.

Keywords: EU; constitutionalism; freedom; justice; security; human rights; Justice and Home Affairs

Chapter.  19177 words. 

Subjects: EU Law

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