Uncertainties at the European Union's southern borders
Title: Uncertainties at the European Union's southern borders
Citation: Special issue of European security, 2015, Vol. 24, No. 3
ISSN: 0966-2839; 1746-1545
A multiplicity of legal and political arrangements regulate the European Union's external borders. With borders representing the intersection between national and international law and politics, the EU also acquired some legal competences in this realm. The resulting triple set of rules coincides with the growing disaggregation of the classical functions of borders. This state of affairs generates legal and procedural uncertainties and results in a growing ambiguity and lack of transparency, in terms of competences and accountability. Due to the EU's concerns with transnational terrorism, and the growing securitization of migration, the EU's borders with the states of the Middle East and North Africa are particularly relevant in this regard, with the resulting uncertainties touching upon fundamental rights.
Grant number: FP7/263277/EU
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