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Development of the Right to Silence in International Human Rights Law

  • Fenella M. W. Billing
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Abstract

International frameworks for human rights protection provide an important background to the transnational process of evidence gathering in cross-border cases. Their main functions are setting and monitoring minimum standards of individual protection and providing an avenue of complaint against the state when these standards are not being met. Through these functions, international attention is drawn to the legal development of human rights. There is an argument at least in Denmark that the principles developed under a framework such as the one provided for in the ECHR, due to the nature of the ECtHR’s dynamic interpretation, may be applicable in national law through incorporation. In addition, the protective frameworks may create certain assumptions between cooperating states about, for example, the types of procedures that operate to the benefit of suspects, victims or other individuals caught up in the process. Further, depending on the influence of theses frameworks, they may encourage uniformity of minimum procedural standards to such an extent that the overall aim of gathering admissible evidence in transnational cases is optimised. This chapter lays out the legal background of the right to silence in relation to two significant international human rights frameworks, the ICCPR and the ECHR.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fenella M. W. Billing
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  1. 1.Department of LawAarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark

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