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EU Criminal Law and Justice

Maria Fletcher, Senior Lecturer in European Law, University of Glasgow, UK and Robin Lööf, Barrister, London, UK with Bill Gilmore, Professor of International Criminal Law, University of Edinburgh, UK
Today, EU criminal law and justice constitutes a significant body of law potentially affecting most aspects of criminal justice. This book provides a comprehensive, accessible yet analytically challenging account of the institutional and legal developments in this field to date. It also includes full consideration of the prospective changes to EU criminal law contained in the recent ‘Lisbon Treaty’. While, broadly speaking, the authors welcome the objectives of EU criminal law, they call for a profound rethinking of how the good of criminal justice – however defined – is to be delivered to those living in the EU. At present, despite sometimes commendable initiatives from the institutions responsible, the actual framing and implementation of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ) suffers from a failure to properly consider the theoretical implications of providing the good of criminal justice at the EU level.
Extent: 256 pp
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Publication Date: 2008
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  • Criminal Law and Justice
  • European Law
Today, EU criminal law and justice constitutes a significant body of law potentially affecting most aspects of criminal justice. This book provides a comprehensive, accessible yet analytically challenging account of the institutional and legal developments in this field to date. It also includes full consideration of the prospective changes to EU criminal law contained in the recent ‘Lisbon Treaty’. While, broadly speaking, the authors welcome the objectives of EU criminal law, they call for a profound rethinking of how the good of criminal justice – however defined – is to be delivered to those living in the EU. At present, despite sometimes commendable initiatives from the institutions responsible, the actual framing and implementation of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ) suffers from a failure to properly consider the theoretical implications of providing the good of criminal justice at the EU level.

Written shortly before the recent entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, EU Criminal Law and Justice comprises a full overview of the key legal developments and debates and includes a user-friendly guide to the institutional changes contained in the Treaty. This timely book will be of interest to both undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as to legal practitioners and policy makers at national and EU levels.
‘. . . this book fills a significant gap in the English-language literature and must be read by all who seek to understand why profound reflection is needed on the theoretical underpinnings of EU criminal justice.’
– Samuli Miettinen, Journal of Common Market Studies

‘The book contains a number of interesting arguments and comments on the development of EU criminal law. . . the authors’ efforts to provide a generalist book in this ever-growing, increasingly important and still under-researched field of EU law must be welcomed.’
– Valsamis Mitsilegas, The Edinburgh Law Review
Contents: Preface Introduction 1. Justifications, Competences and Principles 2. The Institutional Framework of EU Criminal Law and Justice 3. Police Cooperation in Criminal Matters 4. Judicial Cooperation in Criminal Matters 5. The External Dimension of EU Action in Criminal Matters 6. Substantive Criminal Law Conclusion Index