Accountability in EU Security and Defence: The Law and Practice of Peacebuilding

ISBN : 9780198844815

Carolyn Moser
352 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
May 2020
Oxford Studies in European Law
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Currently, some 2,500 civilian experts work across Europe, Africa, and Asia in ten ongoing civilian missions launched under the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). Mandates cover a broad range of multidimensional tasks, such as rule of law support, law enforcement capacity building, or security sector reform. Numerous (recent) incidents from the field underscore that there are serious institutional as well as procedural weaknesses and irregularities tied to accountability in these EU peacebuilding missions.

This title offers a comprehensive legal analysis and empirical study of accountability concerning the Union's peacebuilding endeavours, also referred to as civilian crisis management. Along with examining the governance credentials of EU peacebuilding, the monograph thoroughly scrutinizes de jure and de facto accountability arrangements of political, legal, and administrative nature existing in the domestic sphere, at EU level, and across levels. With a view to providing for a nuanced picture, the assessment further distinguishes between different accountability finalities and evaluates the appropriateness of existing accountability arrangements in civilian crisis management based on a combination of quantitative and qualitative criteria.


1. Accountability for EU Peacebuilding Missions
2. Unpacking the Civilian Dimension of EU Security and Defence
3. Accountability: a Complex Concept for a Compound Policy Tool
4. Research Design
5. Political Accountability: Unsteady Parliamentary Involvement
6. Legal Accountability: Beyond Jurisdictional Reach?
7. Administrative Accountability: Separate but Complementary Fora
8. Civilian Crisis Management in an Accountability Crisis?

About the author: 

Carolyn Moser is a Head of Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany. My areas of focus are foreign policy, security, and defence issues, in particular in the European context.

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