Research Handbook on EU Criminal Law
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Research Handbook on EU Criminal Law

Edited by Valsamis Mitsilegas, Maria Bergström and Theodore Konstadinides

EU criminal law is one of the fastest evolving, but also challenging, policy areas and fields of law. This Handbook provides a comprehensive and advanced analysis of EU criminal law as a structurally and constitutionally unique policy area and field of research. With contributions from leading experts, focusing on their respective fields of research, the book is preoccupied with defining cross-border or ‘Euro-crimes’, while allowing Member States to sanction criminal behaviour through mutual cooperation. It contains a web of institutions, agencies, and external liaisons, which ensure the protection of EU citizens from serious crime, while protecting the fundamental rights of suspects and criminals.
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Chapter 7: Mutual recognition, mutual trust and fundamental rights after Lisbon

Valsamis Mitsilegas


The chapter examines the relationship between mutual recognition, mutual trust and fundamental rights in European criminal law. By focusing in particular on the operation of the Framework Decision on the European Arrest Warrant, the chapter examines the way in which fundamental rights concerns are dealt with by secondary EU law (fundamental rights as grounds of refusal to recognise and execute a judicial decision) as well as by the Court of Justice of the European Union (examining the evolution of the Court’s case law to include recent rulings in Radu, Melloni and Opinion 2/13). A key focus in this context is the extent to which fundamental rights concerns should be examined and serve as limits to mutual recognition and the extent to which the European Union can proactively promote fundamental rights in order to ensure the effective operation of the mutual recognition system.

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