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 17: Organized crime

Saskia Hufnagel


Organized crime in the EU presents challenges at different levels. Legally, there is still a debate about the definition of organized crime in the EU. Policing and judicial practice struggles with the cross-border aspect of organized crime and the differences in substantive and procedural law in the Member States. This chapter focuses on the legislation and strategic measures that have been developed in the EU fight against organized crime. The chapter addresses the possibilities of adopting a common legislative strategy within the European legal framework. It investigates the development of EU organized crime legislation and other measures to control this ‘type’ of crime. Diverting from a purely legal investigation, the most prominent strategic measures in achieving Member States’ police and justice cooperation in this area are addressed to show the level of harmonization of enforcement strategies in the light of substantive criminal law developments at the EU level.

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