The rise of EU law enforcement authorities - Protecting fundamental rights and liberties in a transnational law enforcement area

The rise of EU law enforcement authorities - Protecting fundamental rights and liberties in a transnational law enforcement area

Summary

The EU deals with new criminal threats through the creation of EU law enforcement authorities (ELEAs). ELEAs are entrusted with the power to investigate infringements of EU law, impose punitive sanctions, and/or refer cases to national authorities for further prosecution. Their legal design is decentralized and integrated into the legal regimes of the Member States. As differences between national regimes exist, conflicts of law, deliberate circumvention of safeguards (forum shopping) or races to the bottom may lead to arbitrary interferences with the liberty, privacy, and property of individuals. This is precisely what fundamental rights aim to prevent within the nation-state. Yet in a transnational context, the content and scope of these rights are ill-defined.

This project aims to 1) analyse how fundamental rights and liberties are currently integrated into the legal ELEA frameworks, 2) clarify what role these rights and liberties should play in this new, transnational setting, and 3) define what legislative recommendations follow from this for ELEA designs. Two PhD studies focus on ELEAs in the areas of the protection of the financial interests of the EU (PhD1: OLAF and Eurojust) and the supervision of financial markets (PhD 2: European Central Bank and the European Securities and Markets Authority). Using a comparative law methodology, the research team will first analyse the law in action. Through a mutual comparison of the two policy areas and a comparison with the legal orders of Germany and Switzerland, as well as through integrating results from sociological and governance studies, the team will then define what role fundamental rights should play in ELEA frameworks, and make legislative recommendations. Ultimately, this project will clarify how the law can help to prevent arbitrary interferences with fundamental rights in a new, transnational setting of law enforcement.

Output

Book or monography

Thesis

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Chapter in book

Scientific article

Publications for the general public

  • K.H.P. Bovend'Eerdt(2017): ECLAN PhD Seminar Basel: Protection of Fundamental Rights in Direct Enforcement by European Law Enforcement Authorities
  • M.J.J.P. Luchtman(2017): Transnationale rechtshandhaving
  • A.M. Karagianni(2017): Ius commune conference 2017
  • K.H.P. Bovend'Eerdt(2017): Hercule III project on the exchange of information between law enforcement authorities
  • K.H.P. Bovend'Eerdt(2017): Ius commune conference: Delegation of Enforcement Tasks - the case of OLAF
  • K.H.P. Bovend'Eerdt(2017): Hercule III project on the exchange of information between law enforcement authorities: progress meeting
  • K.H.P. Bovend'Eerdt(2017): Crisis Averted: the Puigdemont Surrender Procedure and Mutual Trust
  • M. Scholten(2018): Towards effective enforcement of EU Law and Policies: Institutional Innovations
  • M.J.J.P. Luchtman(2018): Conference Prevention, Investigation, and Sanctioning of Economic Crime - Freiburg
  • A.M. Karagianni(2018): Conference Regulation and Enforcement in the EU: Challenges, Trends and Prospects
  • M.J.J.P. Luchtman(2018): Conference: Mutual trust under pressure?
  • M.J.J.P. Luchtman(2018): Seminar Jurisdictional Reasonabless
  • K.H.P. Bovend'Eerdt(2018): The Applicable Law in OLAF’s On-The-Spot Inspections
  • M.J.J.P. Luchtman(2018): Conference: Regulation and Enforcement in the EU: Challenges, Trends and Prospects
  • M.J.J.P. Luchtman(2018): Conference: Procedural rights in criminal proceedings in the EU - Utrecht
  • M.J.J.P. Luchtman(2018): OLAF and the EPPO in the new institutional setting for the protection of the financial interests of the EU
  • M.J.J.P. Luchtman(2018): Conference: Procedural rights in criminal proceedings in the EU
  • A.M. Karagianni(2018): Expert Seminar: ‘DTCC and Financial Supervision’
  • M.J.J.P. Luchtman(2018): Conference Preventing and resolving conflicts of jurisdiction in EU criminal law Luxembourg
  • M.J.J.P. Luchtman(2018): Toward an integrated enforcement of banking regulation Luxembourg
  • K.H.P. Bovend'Eerdt(2019): Uitlevering van Hongkong aan China: meesterzet of mensenrechtelijke misstap
  • K.H.P. Bovend'Eerdt(2019): Look before you leap - the 2019 extradition bill amendments in light of Hong Kong’s international human rights obligations
  • M.J.J.P. Luchtman(2019): ECB Conference on supervisory sanctions Frankfurt
  • M.J.J.P. Luchtman(2019): LLX Roundtable European Arrest Warrant Leiden

Details

Project number

452-14-009

Main applicant

Mr. dr. M.J.J.P. Luchtman

Affiliated with

Universiteit Utrecht, Faculteit Recht, Economie, Bestuur en Organisatie, Strafrechtswetenschappen (Willem Pompe Instituut)

Team members

K.H.P. Bovend'Eerdt LLM, K.H.P. Bovend'Eerdt LLM, A.M. Karagianni LLM, Mr. dr. M.J.J.P. Luchtman

Duration

18/11/2015 to 17/11/2020