EU Criminal Justice and the Challenges of Diversity: Legal Cultures in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice

EU Criminal Justice and the Challenges of Diversity: Legal Cultures in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice


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EU Criminal Justice and the Challenges of Diversity examines how questions of cultural difference between Member States' legal traditions are being constructed, addressed, and resolved in the development of the European Area of Freedom, Security, and Justice. The volume brings together leading socio-legal scholars and criminal justice professors from eight European countries and combines analytical approaches rooted in the social sciences with more normative approaches based on legal doctrine. It examines the construction of a common European criminal policy, explores some of the paths that may be followed by the EU in seeking to cope with national diversity in the field of criminal justice, and finally provides some insights into various forms of legal and cultural resistance offered by Member States to the European harmonisation process. In so doing, it bridges disciplinary boundaries between law and social sciences, and draws in a range of perspectives from around Europe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107096585
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 09/29/2016
Pages: 294
Product dimensions: 6.18(w) x 9.84(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

Renaud Colson is Associate Professor of Law at Universit� de Nantes, France.

Stewart Field is Professor of Law at Cardiff University.

Table of Contents

1. Legal cultures in Europe: brakes, motors and the rise of EU criminal justice Renaud Colson and Stewart Field; Part I. Constructing a Common Policy: 2. Is there an EU criminal policy? Anne Weyembergh and Irene Wieczorek; 3. The symbolic purpose of EU criminal law Thomas Elholm and Renaud Colson; 4. Why some old dogs must learn new tricks: recognising the new in EU criminal justice? Marianne L. Wade; Part II. Dealing with Diversity: 5. Eurojust in action: an institutionalisation of European legal culture? Antoine Mégie; 6. Legal diversity, subsidiarity and harmonization of EU regulatory criminal law Jacob Öberg; 7. Managing legal diversity in Europe's area of criminal justice: the role of autonomous concepts Valsamis Mitsilegas; 8. Dealing with European legal diversity at the Luxembourg Court: Melloni and the limits of European pluralism Lorena Bachmaier Winter; Part III. Resisting Harmonization: 9. Cultural barriers on the road to providing suspects with access to a lawyer John Jackson; 10. Domesticating the European Arrest Warrant: European criminal law between fragmentation and acculturation Renaud Colson; 11. What limits to harmonising justice? Chrisje Brants; 12. Crimes, remedies and videotape: an unhappy encounter with EU Law? Estella Baker.

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