International Criminal Law from a Swedish Perspective

By Iain Cameron, Malin Thunberg Schunke, Karin Påle-Bartes, Christoffer Wong, Petter Asp

This book describes and analyzes the Swedish legal rules and practices regarding jurisdiction, mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, extradition, and the EU arrest warrant. Swedish law and practice in international criminal law is particularly significant for two main reasons. First, it is a system which is both logical and coherent. It displays a considerable Germanic theoretical influence, but its sophistication is tempered by pragmatism and is designed to facilitate "user-friendliness." Second, the Nordic countries - because of a common history, shared language, and cultural factors - have long had a very high and effective degree of cooperation in international criminal law matters. The experience of Nordic cooperation has been an important inspiration for the legislative work of the EU in the field. To create a "European judicial space," based upon both harmonization and mutual recognition of decisions, the EU has produced a large number of instruments to improve judicial and prosecutorial cooperation in criminal matters. With the adoption of the Lisbon Treaty, the pace of EU legislation in the field will increase. These EU instrument cannot work effectively unless they are integrated properly into the criminal law systems of the Member States, and these systems in turn facilitate efficient cooperation. The European judicial space also requires a high degree of understanding of other systems and a high level of mutual trust. At a time when regionalization and globalization are leading to an increase in the number of offenses with a transnational dimension, this book is designed to make the "best practices" of the Swedish system of international criminal law accessible to an English-speaking legal public. (Series: Supranational Criminal Law: Capita Selecta - Vol. 9)


296 pages

Publication Date: 3/27/2011
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9789050959810