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The East Asia Policing Studies Forum Seminar Series: Cross-border law enforcement in European Union (EU) and Greater China

March 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - March 25, 2017 @ 8:30 pm

A considerable amount of research has examined European Union (EU) cross-border law enforcement, while police cooperation in regions, such as Greater China and within federal states, while often not less complicated than internationally, has rarely been the focus of research studies. This presentation aims at highlighting the usefulness of such research for both theory and practice. Police cooperation based on legally binding treaties and agreements, as well as informal police-to-police cooperation strategies is assessed in comparative perspective in five distinctly different settings: international, EU, Greater China, the Nordic Countries and Australia. The types of cooperation mechanisms that have developed in each system are analysed and crucial factors impacting on the formalisation of cross-border law enforcement strategies are defined. It can be observed that cooperation depends heavily on the political systems in each region. While it could be assumed that the highest level of formalisation can be found at the international level, this study has found the highest level of formalisation in all systems addressed in the EU. The paper aims at explaining this development and pointing out some general principles that might apply to police cooperation strategies in regions, federations, unions and internationally.


March 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
March 25, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
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C0811, The Open University of Hong Kong