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The transnational ne bis in idem principle in the EU. Mutual recognition and equivalent protection of human rights

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John A.E. Vervaele

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The deepening and widening of European integration has led to an increase in transborder crime. Concurrent prosecution and sanctioning by several Member States is not only a problem in inter-state relations and an obstacle in the European integration process, but also a violation of the ne bis in idem principle, defined as a transnational human right in a common judicial area. This article analyzes whether and to what extent the ECHR has contributed and may continue to contribute to the development of such a common ne bis in idem standard in Europe. It is also examined whether the application of the ne bis in idem principle in classic inter-state judicial cooperation in criminal matters in the framework of the Council of Europe may make such a contribution as well. The transnational function of the ne bis in idem principle is discussed in the light of the Court of Justice’s case law on ne bis in idem in the framework of the area of Freedom, Security and Justice. Finally the inherent tension between mutual recognition and the protection of human rights in transnational justice is analyzed by looking at the insertion of the ne bis in idem principle in the Framework Decision on the European arrest warrant.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/ulr.10
How to Cite: Vervaele, J.A.E., (2005). The transnational ne bis in idem principle in the EU. Mutual recognition and equivalent protection of human rights. Utrecht Law Review. 1(2), pp.100–118. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/ulr.10
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Published on 06 Dec 2005.
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