EU Joint Investigation Teams: Political Ambitions and Police Practices

CROSS-BORDER LAW ENFORCEMENT REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT COOPERATION – EUROPEAN, AUSTRALIAN AND ASIA-PACIFIC PERSPECTIVES, Saskia Hufnagel, Simon Bronit, Clive Harfield, eds., Routledge, 2011

24 Pages Posted: 23 Aug 2010 Last revised: 3 Nov 2013

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Ludo Block

Leiden University Institute of Security and Global Affairs

Date Written: August 20, 2010

Abstract

Since 1997 there exists strong political will in the European Union (EU) to use Joint Investigation Teams (JITs) to foster police cooperation in criminal investigations. For most member states the legal basis to establish JITs became available in 2004. However, as yet, only around 30 JITs have been established. This chapter investigates the gap between political ambition and police practice as regards to JITs. It explores the origins and practicalities of JITs; it questions their feasibility in the context of European policing and ex¬amines the perceived added value of JITs over ‘traditional’ methods of police cooperation. It argues that the JIT concept was copied from its original use on a domestic level in one of the member states with little (if any) consideration of the practicalities of police cooperation on EU level. The chapter draws on original research undertaken using EU policy documents, field interviews and literature reviews.

Keywords: Joint Investigation Team, Police Cooperation, European Union, Third Pillar Policy-Making

Suggested Citation

Block, Ludo, EU Joint Investigation Teams: Political Ambitions and Police Practices (August 20, 2010). CROSS-BORDER LAW ENFORCEMENT REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT COOPERATION – EUROPEAN, AUSTRALIAN AND ASIA-PACIFIC PERSPECTIVES, Saskia Hufnagel, Simon Bronit, Clive Harfield, eds., Routledge, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1662649

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