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Title: The EU and death penalty abolition: the limited prospects of judicial cooperation as an external policy tool
Authors: Vandebroek, Eef
Verbruggen, Frank
Issue Date: 2013
Citation: New Journal of European Criminal Law, 4 (4), p. 481-505
Abstract: After having eradicated the death penalty from its own territory about ten years ago, the EU shift ed its focus towards retentionist states outside its borders. Given the importance of extradition and mutual legal assistance, the refusal of cooperation was a powerful tool to spread abolition beyond European shores. In the 21st century, however, the unstoppable growth of transnational mobility and communications has pushed traditional judicial cooperation to its limits. Transnational crime is flourishing and law enforcement simply cannot lag behind. In the framework of the ‘area of Freedom, Security and Justice’, the European Union started to create new forms of cooperation which simplify the burdensome procedures of traditional extradition and mutual legal assistance and which speed up the proceedings. The pragmatic new instruments make criminal law enforcement practice easier, so it is likely there will be a spill-over effect on cooperation between the EU or its Member States and third countries. The central thesis of this contribution is that this evolution is bound to lead to the demise or at least, the growing irrelevance of death penalty clauses as a tool in the EU’s fight against capital punishment.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/20919
ISSN: 2032-2844
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Appears in Collections: Research publications

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