Locating the Public Interest in Transnational Policing

EUI LAW Working Paper No. 2007/17

37 Pages Posted: 30 Oct 2007

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Ian Loader

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law

Neil Walker

University of Edinburgh, School of Law

Date Written: June 2007

Abstract

This paper examines the basis on which we might argue that there is a 'transnational' public interest in transnational policing. Is policing beyond the state simply a matter of finding points of overlap between the security interests of different national communities. If so, it appears as a precarious and contingent achievement. But if not, how can we imagine that transnational public interest in thicker terms, as involving a state-transcending common interest? Would this not involve sacrificing the very idea of national security interests, or indeed any security interest based upon communities more local than the transnational level? The paper develops an argument that this need not be the case, and that we can imagine 'thick' security and policing interests at different levels of territorial community simultaneously.

Keywords: cross-border crime, police cooperation, internal security, governance

Suggested Citation

Loader, Ian and Walker, Neil, Locating the Public Interest in Transnational Policing (June 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1022882 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1022882

Ian Loader (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Oxford, OX1 3UJ
United Kingdom

Neil Walker

University of Edinburgh, School of Law ( email )

Old College
South Bridge
Edinburgh, EH8 9YL
United Kingdom

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