Legitimizing European Criminal Law

Justification and Restrictions

  • Merita Kettunen

Part of the Comparative, European and International Criminal Justice book series (CEICJ, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 253-278

About this book


The book examines how and according to which principles the enactment of European criminal legislation is legitimate. The approach adopted here focuses on the constitutionalization of criminal law (i.e., the growing importance of constitutional elements of the EU legal order and the ECHR regime within criminal law). Further, it shows how and why criminal law has a unique nature, and why it should not be equated with other fields of EU law.
The book explains the basic research questions and methodologies, before turning to the nature of criminal law at the level of national law, and addressing the different levels of justification for criminal law. Further, it examines the most prominent features of European criminal law and the difference between general EU law and EU criminal law, as well as the theoretical ideals for European constitutional structures and criminal law. Examples of how the law in practice might not always be in keeping with these normative ideals serve to round out the coverage.


European criminal law Transnational criminal law Constitutionalization of criminal law ECHR European constitutional structures

Authors and affiliations

  • Merita Kettunen
    • 1
  1. 1.HelsinkiFinland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland and G. Giappichelli Editore 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology Law and Criminology (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-16173-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-16174-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2524-4558
  • Series Online ISSN 2524-4566
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