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Description - The Emergence of EU Criminal Law by Christian Schwarzenegger

Criminal law can no longer be neatly categorised as the product and responsibility of domestic law. That this is true is emphasised by the ever-increasing amount of legislation stemming from the European Union (EU) which impacts, both directly and indirectly, on the criminal law. The involvement of the EU institutions in the substantive criminal laws of its Member States is of considerable legal and political significance. This book deals with the emerging EU framework for creating, harmonising and ensuring the application of EU criminal law. This book aims to highlight some of the consequences of EU involvement in the criminal law by examining the provisions which have been adopted in the field of information and communications technology. It provides an overview of the criminal law competence of the EU and evaluates the impact of these developments on the criminal laws of the Member States. It then goes on to consider the EU legislation which requires Member States to regulate matters such as data protection, e-security, intellectual property and various types of illegal content through the criminal law is analysed. In the course of this evaluation, particular consideration is given to issues such as the basis on which the EU institutions establish the need for criminal sanctions, the liability of service providers and the extent to which the Member States have adhered to, or departed from, the legislation in the course of implementation.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781841137278
ISBN-10: 1841137278
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 19mm)
Pages: 354
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2014
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Christian Schwarzenegger

Christian Schwarzenegger is Professor of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure Law and Criminology and Head of the Institute of Criminology at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Sarah Summers is Oberassistentin at the University of Zurich and a researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Freiburg i. Br., Germany.