“Minimum” Procedural Rights in Judicial Cooperation Procedures

  • Cristina Mauro


To different extents and according to various formulations, traditional laws relative to judicial cooperation in criminal matters usually provide for a clause which conditions assistance on fundamental principles in criminal matters. In tune with and applied according to cultural and national peculiarities, these principles risk being transformed into real obstacles to cooperation.

The process of vertical harmonisation initiated by the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights has highlighted standards of protection which must necessarily be shared by the States which have signed up to the convention. These imposed standards however constitute minimum thresholds of guarantees that national legislators can reinforce and often do not correspond to internal constitutional levels of protection.

On the basis of this common culture of the fundamental principles in criminal matters, Article 82 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union introduces standards of compromise in matters of protection and procedural guarantees common to all the national systems in order to facilitate judicial cooperation. If the objective cannot but be shared, in the absence of a real common procedural culture in which guarantees might be significant, the result risks lowering the levels of procedural guarantees sanctioned today in some countries.


Procedural rights Minimum standards Case-law of the European Court of Human Rights Judicial cooperation Procedural guarantees in the European Union 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cristina Mauro
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Public ProsecutorParisFrance
  2. 2.Former Professor of Criminal Law and ProcedureUniversity of PoitiersPoitiersFrance

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