One Europe but two sets of criminal laws : is harmonisation possible ?


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Thomas CASSUTO

Magistrate, Former Vice-President, Nanterre family court examining chamber, National legal expert, on secondment to the European Commission (Directorate General for Justice)


Gualtiero MICHELINI

Magistrate, National legal expert, on secondment to the European Commission (Directorate General for Justice)


Simon J. HORSINGTON

British barrister called to the Bar in London, Honorary Vice-President and founder of the Franco-British, Lawyers Society

Seminar Guest speakers | Monday December 5, 2011 - 19h - 21h15

Whether one likes it or not, the fact remains that a judge will handle one’s case differently depending on whether one lives in a country where Roman law or common law prevails. Even though the civil and commercial laws of countries which respect the westernised legal system recognise the supremacy of organisations and international and community standards, these countries still cling to the repressive prerogatives of their national laws. Can globalisation really continue despite such discrepancies ? On a European level, the idea of harmonising criminal law is no longer taboo, and several indicators show a slow but inexorable convergence linked to the need to fight cross-border crime while also protecting the fundamental rights of all European citizens.

The entire article was written by:

Élisabeth BOURGUINAT

This session was published in issue n°95 of the Journal de l'École de Paris du management, entitled La lente construction de la liberté.

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