In between administrations: Deployment of liaison officers and competing claims of jurisdiction in European Law
PhD student: Mrs D.C.M. Barnhoorn
Promotors: Mrs Prof D.M. Curtin, C. Eckes
Duration: 1/1/2017 - 31/12/2020
Key words: competing claims of jurisdiction, liaison officers, data protection. My research focuses on the deployment of administrative agents (liaison officers) seconded from their home to a host administrative authority. Liaison officers have far-reaching administrative responsibilities and tasks such as the access to EU databases for policy implementation purposes in the field of police and judicial cooperation. These actions have a high impact on substantive and procedural rights of both EU citizens and third country nationals, while clear basic remedies against the actions of LOs are lacking in EU administrative law. In the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ), the intra-EU deployment and the deployment of liaison officers from, and to third country administrative authorities is based on a patchwork of rules. The competing claims of jurisdiction, together with the large and complex variety of legal bases, form the core legal problem: a non-conceptualized legal framework revolving around the secondment of liaison officers. The exercise of administrative practices without a clear body of rules is highly problematic: it undermines, amongst others, effective judicial protection; one of the fundamental principles in EU administrative law.