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The Emergence of EU Criminal Law

Cyber Crime and the Regulation of the Information Society

By: Sarah J Summers, Christian Schwarzenegger, Gian Ege, Finlay Young
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Published: 01-12-2014
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Edition: 1st
Extent: 372
ISBN: 9781782254669
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: Studies in International and Comparative Criminal Law
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About The Emergence of EU Criminal Law

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.

Table Of Contents

1: The Development of EU Criminal Law
I Introduction
II Substantive Criminal Law in the Third Pillar
III The Criminal Law Competence of the European Community
IV Beyond Environmental Protection: Community Involvement in the Criminal Law
2: EU Criminal Law after Lisbon
I Introduction
II Criminal Law Competence according to the Lisbon Treaty
III EU Criminal Offences: Areas of the Substantive Criminal Law Subjected to 'Approximation'
IV EU Criminal Law and Policy after Lisbon
3: EU Legislation in the Field of Information and Communications Technology 85
I Introduction
II The Development of the EU Legislation concerning ICT
III Changes in EU Competence
IV Current State of Affairs
V Conclusions
4: Criminal Law and the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights
I Intellectual Property and Copyright in the Information Society
II EU Copyright Protection Measures
III Extra-European Initiatives
V Conclusions
5: Content Regulation and the Criminal Law
I Introduction
II The Development of Content Regulation and the Role of ICT
III Distinguishing Criminal from Lawful Content
IV EU Provisions Criminalising Content
V Conclusions
6: Criminal Law and the Safeguarding of Privacy
I Introduction
II Key Issues for Privacy in the Information Age
III Conclusions 229
7: Cybercrime
I Introduction
II EU Criminal Law and Cybercrime
III Harmonisation and General Principles of Criminal Law
Conclusions: Criminalisation, Harmonisation, Europeanisation
I Criminalisation
II Harmonisation
III Europeanisation


“All in all, a captivating book - interesting for academics as well as practitioners.” –  Tony Marguery, Common Market Law Review

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