Community Sanctions and European Human Rights Law

Dirk van Zyl Smit

in Principles and Values in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199696796
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191742293 | DOI:
Community Sanctions and European Human Rights Law

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This chapter explores the idea of a European approach to punishment, focusing on the emergence of pan-European policy and law relating to community sanctions. It poses two principal questions: Are there similar developments in respect of community sanctions? And, if so, what are their implications for the evolution of community sanctions in Europe? In order to address these questions the chapter first considers some of the similarities between the European dimensions of imprisonment and community sanctions and measures. It then turns to the differences, both in law and in policy making, before reflecting on how the human rights element in European law and policy in respect of community sanctions could be strengthened.

Keywords: punishment; pan-European policy; community sanctions; imprisonment; human rights; european law

Chapter.  9603 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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