This module examines law enforcement in different cultural contexts (i.e. Europe, Asia, North America) and addresses possible conflicts of interests when different jurisdictions have to work together internationally and trans-nationally. It traces the evolution of international, transnational and EU legal frameworks on law enforcement cooperation, eg the development of Interpol and Europol, from their early beginnings in the 20th century to todays more sophisticated models of information transfer between policing and judicial agencies. The first half of the module will provide an overview of law enforcement models and procedural requirements in different jurisdictions around the globe. The second half of the module will consider international, EU and regional police cooperation strategies and underlying legal frameworks and how the specific jurisdictional requirements discussed in the first half of the module might foster or hamper cooperation in practice.
The module aims to equip student with a solid knowledge of the legal principles relating to law enforcement and law enforcement cooperation in different international, trans-national and regional contexts and raise the awareness of students to the legal, political and ethical challenges of law enforcement cooperation as well as critically evaluate the role of different actors, such as Interpol, Europol and the European Union in this field.
5,000 word course essay