EU Crime and Migration Law cohort of 2022-23 spent a week at the University of Pécs, Hungary.
The focus of the EU Crime and Migration Law module is on the ‘Area of Freedom, Security and Justice’, which forms a distinct area of EU law and policy. The module involves background work in EU law and policy in the areas of EU Criminal law and Migration law, with specialist focus on areas relating to cross border crime and security: terrorism, asylum and irregular migration, transnational organised crime, legal migration, and state surveillance, which are studied from national and EU law/policy perspectives. These issues remain of crucial importance after Brexit and continuing cooperation between the UK and other European countries is the subject of new legal arrangements. One distinctive feature of the module is that it involves a week long study programme at one of a small group of European universities who teach a module similar to this one. This 2022-23 academic year, the students spent at the University of Pécs, Hungary.
Here are a few students’ accounts of the trip.
Yasmina Di Gesualdo has written:
“I feel lucky and grateful to have been able to take part in the intensive study trip in Hungary. Here, I had the chance to work with students from Hungary, the Netherlands and Ireland whilst learning more about the topics covered in our European and Migration Law module: Freedom, Security and Justice. This trip has provided me something that no other module will ever give me: the chance to open my mind to new cultures whilst acquiring new study approaches. I will be forever grateful for this amazing experience. I thank Cherry for her invaluable support and for all the hard work she has put into organising this trip."
Jannatul Ferdous has written:
'Last Friday, I completed a week-long intensive programme named "Freedom, Security and Justice - Crossing Boarders" at the University of Pécs Hungary - Hosted by the Centre for European Research and Education of the Law Faculty. Here my specific topic is "Organized Crime and Terrorism". But we also learned about state surveillance, Asylum & migration and Free Movement. It's a joint module between Inholland University of Applied Sciences (the Netherlands), Ulster University (Northern Ireland) and London South Bank University (The UK) and the University of Pécs, Hungary itself. We not only learnt about the topics but also learned more about other people's cultures and values. We had a brief session about how to present ourselves and communicate with people from another background. It’s an excellent chance to push ourselves out of our comfort zones and work with a team which we have known for only a few days. The session with the Dutch Police Commissioner helped us to understand organised crime and the state surveillance. We had a brief case study which required us to deal with drug trafficking as a part of organised crime. We also had a lovely tour of Pécs city. We got the chance to know about its history and culture. I cannot thank enough Dr Cherry James, Dr Emmanouela Mylonaki and John Koo for their fantastic support. And also my lovely colleagues from LSBU.'