The Governance of European Internal Security in a Time of Political Uncertainty and Populism

The Governance of European Internal Security in a Time of Political Uncertainty and Populism

Classroom 1
10:00 - 16:00


The Summer School aims to map and critically reflect on the European Union’s approaches to internal security, taking into consideration the context of political uncertainty and populism we currently find ourselves in. By focusing namely on migration, organised crime, cyber security and terrorism, the main objective of the course is to explore how these phenomena have been conceptualised by the EU and how such conceptualisation has shaped its responses, both at the institutional and policy levels. On this basis, the course proposes to understand what kind of actor the EU has become in the area of internal security, as well as how EU actions are perceived by different actors on the ground. It will do so by exploring the following elements:

Explain the origins of EU’s approaches to internal security (in particular migration, organised crime and terrorism);

Compare the development of EU’s internal security policies, namely the creation of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, and their key milestones;

Identify contemporary challenges to European internal security;

Critically assess the effectiveness of these policies and their shaping of EU actorness.

Intended for

The course is aimed at undergraduate students and post-graduate researchers who have an interest in European security and who are looking to deepen their knowledge and level of reflection on internal security actors (European institutions, EU agencies, private sector actors) and policies (migration, asylum, police and judicial cooperation, and fundamental rights).

Helena Farrand Carrapico

Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Aston University, and a co-director of the Aston Centre for Europe. Her research focuses on European Union Justice and Home Affairs governance, namely organised crime and cybercrime policies. She has published extensively on European internal security topics in journals such as the Journal of Common Market Studies, European Foreign Affairs Review, Crime, Law and Social Change, European Security, and Global Crime.

Benjamin Farrand

Associate Professor in Law at the University of Warwick.  His research focuses on the dynamics of law-making in areas of political uncertainty and technological change, with a particular emphasis on online intellectual property enforcement, cybersecurity and network governance.  He has recently published an article in European Politics and Society on the EU’s approach to combating the sale of counterfeit goods online, as well as an article on intellectual property law post-Brexit in the Journal of Common Market Studies.

The course will be co-taught by both lecturers and include the following sub-units:

The Evolution of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice

Terrorism in the European Union

The EU and Organised Crime

Drug trafficking in the EU

Counterfeit goods sales in the EU

Human Trafficking in the EU

Cyber crime and cyber security

The Crime-Terror Nexus

The External Dimension of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice

The Challenges to European Security in a Post-Brexit Europe


Spoken and written English at B1 level (suficient to follow a lecture in English);

Introductory knowledge of the functioning of the European Union and its policies.


Tuition: € 100
Payment upon registration: 30 € (deductible from tuition - non-refundable)


The ICS-ULisboa Community: 50% off on tuition

The school will only be held if the necessary quorum is reached.

Coordenador Externo 
Helena Farrand-Carrapico
Northumbria University
Ben Farrand
Newcastle University