EU Counter-Terrorism: Pre-Emption and the Rule of Law
Published: September 2015
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2012)
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EU Counter-Terrorism: Pre-emption & the Rule of Law is a detailed study of EU action to combat terrorism since September 11 2001 and the implications that action has had for the EU legal order. It critically examines EU counter-terrorism measures to ascertain how rule of law principles have been affected in the 'war on terrorism'.
The book opens with a critical examination of the rule of law in the EU legal order. It then provides an overview of the “war on terrorism” before analysing five key facets of EU counter-terrorism:-
- the common European definition of terrorism along with related offences contained in the Framework Decision on Combating Terrorism;
- the EU's anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist finance laws;
- UN and EU targeted asset-freezing sanctions;
- EU's data retention measures such as the Data Retention Directive
- and the Passenger Name Records agreements; and the European Arrest Warrant and European Evidence Warrant.
The book argues that EU counter-terrorism is weakening the rule of law and bypassing safeguards in favour of a system emphasising coercive control over individual autonomy. It concludes by examining the prospects for the future as the EU becomes a more powerful security actor following the Lisbon Treaty and the adoption of the Stockholm Programme.