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.
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
Get access to the full article by using one of the access options below.