Recent Developments in the Area of European Criminal Law
Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law, Vol. 14, No. 15, 2007
23 Pages Posted: 21 Oct 2009 Last revised: 17 Jan 2013
Date Written: September 1, 2006
This contribution tries to highlight and scrutinize recent developments in the dynamic area of European criminal law at both the EC and EU level. In so doing the paper focuses on three judgments each providing new perspectives on, in particular, but not only, how far the Court of Justice is prepared to go in its role as integration activist; by identifying the principle of effectiveness as forming the leitmotif in the chase for constitutional evolution of European criminal law. The paper concludes, after also having discussed current legislative initiatives presented by the Commission, by asserting the need for caution and critical assessment.
Keywords: EU criminal law, European law, Delimitation of powers and Effectiveness, Criminal law
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