This module introduces students to the specific features of the EU Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ). It explores the history of its creation and the role of EU institutions involved in the relevant policy, as well as the horizontal quest for security in the above area.


Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • understand the role played by security in the EU legal order
  • recognise the importance of legislation adopted in each specific chapter of the AFSJ and assess their impact on concrete situations
  • evaluate the tools and mechanisms of EU governance in the AFSJ



The course focuses on the principles and rules governing the constantly developing EU AFSJ. It analyses the main features of EU governance in the areas of border control, asylum, and migration policy, as well as the external dimension thereof; judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters together with police cooperation will be examined through the lens of security mechanisms. Particular emphasis is to be placed on democratic decision-making procedures introduced by the Lisbon Treaty and the protection of fundamental rights in all the above areas.

Academic Requirements

Participants are required to have at least some basic previous knowledge of EU Law.

Teaching method

The course will run under both seminar and workshop format, which requires a high degree of student activity. Students are expected to write a paper and make a presentation based on the paper (formative assessment). EU legal material (EU Treaty provisions, Regulations, Directives) as well as CJEU case law will be made available and discussed thoroughly during the courses. The course will be supported by teaching material. Specialized literature and websites will also be communicated to the students.


The course is taught by Associate Professor Revekka-Emmanouela Papadopoulou and Assistant Professor Metaxia Kouskouna.

Assessment and testing

  • Written exam, closed book (2 essay questions or comment on a CJEU case) - 2 hours (60%)
  • One short paper assignment (40%)