European Union agencies as global actors: a legal study of the European Aviation Safety Agency, Frontex and Europol

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisInternal


This thesis investigates the international cooperation of EU agencies. It does not only describe the legal framework and practices of EU agencies’ international cooperation, but it also advances a comprehensive legal-analytical blueprint, combining EU and international public law in order to assess EU agencies on the global arena. Case studies on three carefully selected EU agencies serve to ‘test’ on the ground the legal-analytical framework designed in this dissertation. The study proposes a structured model approach for the investigation of international cooperation by EU agencies and devises creative forward looking solutions aimed at accommodating the existing reality within the EU legal-system.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Vos, Ellen, Supervisor
  • Ott, Andrea, Co-Supervisor
Award date20 Jan 2016
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs978-94-6159-519-5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • EU agencies
  • international cooperation
  • EU external administrative action
  • public international law

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