The main objective of EUCTER is to contribute to a new understanding of the role of European Union (Commission, member states, Council, EP) in EU counter-terrorism in the EU and through EU external action.
EUCTER will provide research-led excellence in teaching and learning at the intersection of two fundamental areas of EU policy - the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice and EU counter-terrorism policy and law -through an international cross-section of doctoral, post-graduate and graduate students. The objective is pursued by advancing cutting-edge blended learning formats, distance-learning, strong inter-disciplinarity, policy relevance.
The project brings together three inter-related teaching and research areas: EU justice and home affairs, EU counter-terrorism and EU external relations. Its aim is to discover and explain if and why EU counter-terrorism cooperation, as well as external relations (i.e. CFSP/CSDP, human rights, legal dimensions, etc.) have added to an increased relevance, and if and why diplomacy can add to the counter-terrorism tool set in the EU’s cooperation with third partners via its own delegations at the bilateral and multilateral levels.
Throughout the project, EUCTER will focus on four dimensions in all is research, teaching and other dissemination activities :
1) Conceptualisation of EU counter-terrorism cooperation and diplomacy in the light of EU external action (i.e. human rights, legal dimension, etc.).
2) Empirical analysis of EU counter-terrorism cooperation and diplomacy.
3) Comparative analysis of counter-terrorism cooperation and diplomacy in the EU and other countries and international organisations (i.e. US, Canada, Israel, African Union, NATO, WEU, etc.)
4) Policy Recommendations and outlook (opportunities and challenges of counter-terrorism cooperation and diplomacy in the EU and beyond, i.e. United Nations)