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(p. 451) 24. Freedom, Security, and Justice 

(p. 451) 24. Freedom, Security, and Justice
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(p. 451) 24. Freedom, Security, and Justice
Author(s):

Ian Bache

, Simon Bulmer

, Stephen George

, and Owen Parker

DOI:
10.1093/hepl/9780199689668.003.0024
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date: 25 June 2019

This chapter examines the European Union's policy activity in the area of freedom, security, and justice (AFSJ). Introduced mainly by the Maastricht Treaty of 1992, the AFSJ was initially given the name, Justice and Home Affairs (JHA). The AFSJ was greatly enhanced by the Treaty of Lisbon and has matured over time despite the controversy surrounding the way in which it strikes at national sovereignty. A key characteristic of JHA, later AFSJ, has been the use of differentiated integration. The chapter first provides a historical background on the AFSJ, focusing on the policy dynamics and JHA structures under the Treaty on European Union as well as the reforms of the Treaty of Amsterdam. It then considers the AFSJ's institutional character and policy content and concludes with an assessment of key explanations and debates relating to the AFSJ.

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