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Over the past few decades the competences of the eu to enact legislation in criminal matters have significantly increased. Member States and criminal law experts have raised concerns: to what extent can national sovereignty and domestic interests regarding criminal justice be preserved? This paper argues that the perspective of national sovereignty should not be the primary concern in criminal justice affairs in the eu. It is proposed that eu legal measures in this area are primarily judged on whether they in their entirety contribute to a reasonable balance between effective law enforcement and adequate judicial protection of individuals. From this perspective, recent developments potentially contribute to redressing the balance in eu criminal law.

In: European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice
In: The Future of Police and Judicial Cooperation in the EU
In: The Future of EU Criminal Justice Policy and Practice
Editor-in-Chief: Jannemieke Ouwerkerk
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Crime, criminal law and criminal justice are no longer purely national issues in today’s Europe. Criminal conduct is becoming increasingly denationalised because offenders can easily cross borders and through the emergence of the Internet and cyberspace. It is also increasingly common for individuals either to face criminal proceedings or to become victims of crime in countries other than their own. Nevertheless, efforts to combat crime, and to safeguard the rights of victims, are still organised on a, by and large, national basis.

These factors are driving the need for a better understanding of crime in Europe, as well as many important debates to which it gives rise. They include: how best to respond to crimes that affect more than one state; how to strike an appropriate balance between respect for national criminal justice traditions and the tendency to harmonise legislation and practice; and how to ensure that it is possible for suspects, offenders and victims to rely upon an adequate level of protection of their fundamental rights wherever they come into contact with a criminal justice system in Europe. Criminal policy is therefore increasingly prominent on the political agenda of the key European players, above all the European Union and the Council of Europe. Not only are their growing roles reshaping the governance of criminal law and justice, but these bodies are themselves becoming a target of offending behaviour.

The European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice provides a forum for public debate on these European issues. It seeks not only to bridge the gap between European players and European states, but also to afford space for a non-European view on developments in these fields. Our aim, in other words, is to offer a multi-dimensional international and comparative perspective on crime, criminal law and criminal justice in Europe. We welcome papers from any relevant disciplinary outlook or approach, including those that are contextually, doctrinally, empirically or theoretically based.

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Brill|Nijhoff is delighted to announce the introduction of a bi-annual prize for the most outstanding article published in the European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. To encourage and reward publication in the Journal, the author of the chosen article will receive 10 free copies of the issue in which their article was published as well as a €400 voucher for Brill|Nijhoff books.

The winner of the bi-annual prize will be chosen by the Editorial Board of the Journal. All authors who have had an article published in the Journal over the previous two years will be considered.

Online submission: Articles for publication in the European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice can be submitted online through Editorial Manager, please click here.

They should have a clear European focus: that is, they should discuss norms and/or policies of a European origin (European Union/Council of Europe); or compare the legislation, policies or practices in European states; or analyse the manifestations or representations of crime and/or its impact; or contribute to the criminological debate in Europe. As a rule, they should not exceed 8,500 words. Review articles as well as short contributions (i.e., significantly fewer than 8,500 words) discussing topical issues will also be considered for publication. Articles written in American or British English are acceptable, though the latter is preferred.

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Since the early 1990s, cross-border police and judicial cooperation has become a very important domain of the European Union. The Lisbon Treaty – if accepted by all the Member States – will certainly be a major stimulus to its further development in the field of internal security as well as in the field of external policy. In any event, the recent proposal for a new third comprehensive policy programme with regard to the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice – the so-called Stockholm Programme – foreshadows some of the changes the Brussels institutions and the Member States would like to embrace in the coming years.

This book contains the contributions of scholars and practitioners to a conference on the future of police and judicial cooperation in the European Union that took place in November 2008 at Tilburg University. Referring to what has been achieved in this domain since the Treaty of Maastricht, these papers not only assess the proposals that have been put forward in successive policy documents relating to the Stockholm Programme, but they also pinpoint to the ongoing problems in the theory and practice of police and judicial cooperation within the European Union and to the ways in which these questions could best be solved.
In: The Future of EU Criminal Justice Policy and Practice