Chapter 28: General principles and EU criminal law
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General principles of law play an important role in criminal law, such as the principles of legality and proportionality. In an EU context, the idea of general principles in a criminal law setting is especially interesting and unites two different but related discussions: one concerning the reach of general principles in EU law as such and one closely related debate on the scope of general principles in the area of criminal law. This gives rise to a third discussion, namely, whether there is anything such as 'general principles of EU criminal law' proper. This chapter will set out to trace what general principles of EU law mean and how they apply in the field of EU criminal law.

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