The Relationship Between Mutual Recognition and Approximation of Laws in Judicial Co-Operation in Criminal Matters: What is the State of Play?

20-01-2006

This note addresses the balance between mutual recognition of judicial decisions and approximation of laws in EU criminal justice co-operation. A short explanation will be given of each concept, including the policy rationale and legal basis, before looking at examples of legislation adopted and in the pipeline. Some conclusions will are drawn on the current state of play.

This note addresses the balance between mutual recognition of judicial decisions and approximation of laws in EU criminal justice co-operation. A short explanation will be given of each concept, including the policy rationale and legal basis, before looking at examples of legislation adopted and in the pipeline. Some conclusions will are drawn on the current state of play.