Criminal Law without Bounds?


The report addresses the issue of cross-border crime in the European Union and the development of a harmonised criminal law and criminal procedural law. In the arguments about how the emerging EU law can be shaped, the backdrop is the criminal activity that has to be combated: organised crime, based in several Member States and operating across Europe. A thorough harmonisation of criminal law as well as a supra-national enforcement structure is advocated as the only long-term solution to this problem. Subsequently, the report focuses deals with the implications for national law of such a reform.

Specific and problematic areas are also addressed, including: the prospect of establishing a European Public Prosecutor Office; the effects of mutual recognition; the question of who should ensure that the police and its staff comply with the laws and other statutes governing their actions; the emergence and implications of the Prum Convention; a two-speed Europe; and finally, the question about the individual citizen's situation in a for the authorities increasingly unbounded Europe.

The report was presented at the seminar Who Shapes the Future of Criminal Law? and is a part of the research project A Constitution for Europe?

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