The Characteristics of Nordic Criminal Law in the Setting of EU Criminal Law

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A Nordic approach is usually distinguished in European criminal law. Although not exactly pointing out specifics, the Nordic approach is characterised as humane, rational and balanced. In this article the author analyses and examines what characterises Nordic criminal law in the EU criminal law setting. The author starts by presenting some general remarks in relation to the Nordic approach towards the EU and towards EU criminal law. Different approaches are then studied in relation to EU criminal law instruments and their implementation in the Nordic Member States. This is done by examining the three different parts of EU criminal law; substantive criminal law, procedural criminal law and institutional cooperation. Certain Nordic characteristics will then be identified.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5235/219174411798862596

Publication date: December 1, 2011

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  • This is a new journal dedicated to the development of European Criminal Law and the co-operation in criminal matters within the European Union. In these areas the Lisbon Treaty has supposedly brought about the most important changes and also the greatest challenges for the future. It is the journal's ambition to provide a primary forum for comprehensive discussion and critical analysis of all questions arising in relation to European Criminal Law. It will include articles and relevant material on topics such as:

    ‧The harmonisation of national criminal law in consideration of European legal instruments,

    ‧The implementation of the principle of mutual recognition in the area of cooperation in criminal matters and the development towards the creation of a European Public Prosecutor

    ‧The emergence of a balanced European Criminal Policy based on fundamental rights, freedom and democracy with particular reference to the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the European Convention on Human Rights.

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