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Introduction

  • Fenella M. W. Billing
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Abstract

Is it fair to use international cooperation to obtain evidence of a confession or the suspect’s silence in one legal system and use it at trial in another? This is an important question that relates to the problem of maintaining a balance between the effectiveness of law enforcement, on the one hand, and effective defence rights, such as the right to silence, on the other, in transnational criminal proceedings. Procedural differences between legal systems may mean that the international cooperation process disrupts the continuity of law between the investigative and trial phases in a national criminal proceeding that relies on confession evidence or evidence of silence obtained abroad. The differences between legal systems may be more obvious and detrimental when cooperation in the gathering of evidence takes place between countries that are applying different minimum standards of human rights protection, where they come under different human rights frameworks. This chapter introduces these central ideas and concepts and explains how comparative law, primarily based on the functional method, will be used to examine them.

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  • Fenella M. W. Billing
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  1. 1.Department of LawAarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark

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