EU464      Half Unit
Migration and Mobility: EU Law and Politics

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Eiko Thielemann CON 3.14


This course is available on the MSc in European Studies: Ideas and Identities, MSc in European Studies: Ideas and Identities (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in International Migration and Public Policy, MSc in Political Economy of Europe, MSc in Political Economy of Europe (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in Politics and Government in the European Union and MSc in Politics and Government in the European Union (LSE and Sciences Po). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This is a capped course (30 students). Students are required to obtain permission from the teaching department to take this course.


A good knowledge of EU institutions and policy-making is required.

Course content

After reviewing the EU policy-making process and the changes of EU governance in the area of Justice, Liberty and Security (JLS) over the past two decades, this course provides an advanced analysis of the origins, evolution and major policy issues within the field of EU justice and home affairs which has been the fastest growing EU policy area since the 1990s. The course will normally analyse the following policy issues: border control, legal migration and free movement, irregular migration, asylum and refugee policy, criminal and security cooperation, judicial cooperation in civil matters, enlargement and migration, refugee burden-sharing and the externalisation of JLS policies. This will be done by focusing on the political and legal basis and implications of these policies, the policy-making process and the identification of the key factors that have influenced the developments in this domain.


10 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the LT. 1 hour of lectures in the ST.

Formative coursework

An essay of 1,500 words and an outline for the assessed research project (case study).

Indicative reading

Apap, J (2004) Justice and Home Affairs in the EU: Liberty and Security Issues after Enlargement; Edward Elgar. Bigo D and A Tsoukala (2008) Terror, Insecurity and Liberty: Illiberal Practices of Liberal Regimes After 9/11, Routledge; Freeman G, Givens T, and D. Leal (2009) Immigration Policy and Security: U.S., European, and Commonwealth Perspectives, Routledge; Geddes A and Boswell C (2010) Migration and Mobility in the European Union, Palgrave/Macmillan; Geddes A. (2008) Immigration and European integration: Towards fortress Europe, Manchester University Press; Hailbronner K. (2000) Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy of the European Union, Brill Publishers; Kostakopoulou D (2001) Citizenship, Identity and Immigration in the European Union: Between Past and Future, Manchester University Press; Occhipinti J D (2003) The Politics of EU Police Cooperation, Lynne Rienner; Peers, S (2011) EU Justice and Home Affairs Law, Oxford University Press; Thielemann E R (ed.) (2003) "European Burden-Sharing and Forced Migration", special issue of the Journal of Refugee Studies, Vol.16, No.3; Toner H, Guild E and A Baldaccini (2007) Whose Freedom, Security and Justice? EU Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy, Hart Publishing; Wolff S, Wichmann N and G Mounier (2009) The External Dimension of Justice and Home Affairs, Routledge.


Exam (75%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Project (25%, 3000 words) in the LT.

The Project takes the form of a research project (case study).

Key facts

Department: European Institute

Total students 2012/13: 17

Average class size 2012/13: 9

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Communication