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Defence Rights in Europe: The Road Ahead

March 16, 2016 - defence rights in europe, EU children's directive, legal experts advisory panel, plea bargaining

The Legal Experts Advisory Panel – an EU-wide network of over 150 criminal justice experts coordinated by Fair Trials – has today published a major report outlining its contribution to the development and implementation of EU criminal justice law and policy over the past two years. As the protection of human rights within the European Arrest Warrant comes under renewed threat, LEAP outlines its crucial role in ensuring that fair trial rights remain a priority.
LEAP members not only provide eyes and ears across the EU – identifying the underlying causes of unfair trials when they appear – but they also help explain to policy-makers what changes are really needed, and work to make sure that laws passed in Brussels have a real impact on the protection of fair trial rights in practice. Building on priorities identified in March 2014, LEAP’s recent work has focused on the following three areas:

  • Contributing to EU policy and legislation;
  • Making EU laws on fair trial rights work in practice;
  • Identifying emerging fair trial rights issues.

The full report, Defence Rights in Europe: The Road Ahead, can be accessed here.
A summary of the reports findings can be accessed here.
 

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