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Criminal Law

Steve Peers

in EU Justice and Home Affairs Law

Published in print March 2016 | ISBN: 9780198776840
Published online August 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780191841910 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198776840.003.0006

Series: Oxford European Union Law Library

Criminal Law

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The adoption of legislation defining certain acts as criminal is not sufficient in itself to deter or punish many of the persons who wish to commit such crimes. It is also necessary to establish effective mechanisms to make sure that those rules are enforced. This chapter focusses on the criminal law aspects of enforcement, beginning with the preliminary issue of the allocation of criminal jurisdiction between Member States. The chapter then considers the connected issues of resolving conflicts of jurisdiction and transferring proceedings between Member States, followed by the rules, stemming from the Schengen Convention, preventing cross-border ‘double jeopardy’, ie, a prosecution in a second Member State after a trial of the same person for the same acts has been finally disposed of in a first Member State.

Keywords: criminal act; punishment; conflicts of justification; Schengen Convention; Member State; crimes

Chapter.  28049 words. 

Subjects: EU Law

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