Fair Trial Rights in the European Union: Reconciling Accused and Victims’ Rights
After many years of concentrating on legislation with a repressive component, the EU has finally embraced the defence. Since 2010, it has legislated various defence rights as part of a road map for more citizen’s rights. What are these rights and to which extent are they different than the rights already guaranteed by the ECtHR? How do these rights compete or balance with the rights given the victims? This paper brings all these developments together and sketches the steps towards building up the rights-component of European criminal law.
KeywordsDefence rights Victim’s rights European criminal law Minimum rules Harmonisation Fair trial
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