The European Union's External Governance of Organised CRIME: A Ripple Effect or a Sinking Stone?

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Gilbert Scott Building - Room 656A (University of Glasgow)
Helena Carrapico , ASTON CENTRE FOR EUROPE, Aston University
Since the external dimension of the European Union's Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ) began to be considered, a substantial amount of literature has been dedicated to discussing how the EU is cooperating with non-member states in order to counter problems such as terrorism, organized crime and illegal migration. According to the EU, the degree of security interconnectedness has become so relevant that threats can only be effectively controlled if there is effective concerted regional action. This reasoning has led the EU to develop a number of instruments, which have resulted in the exporting of certain elements of its JHA policies, either through negotiation or socialization. Although the literature has explored how this transfer has been applied to the field of terrorism and immigration, very little has been written on the externalisation of knowledge, practice and norms in the area of organized crime. This paper proposes to bridge this gap by looking at EU practice in the development of the external dimension of organized crime policies, through the theoretical lens of the EU governance framework.