The Right to Silence in Denmark

  • Fenella M. W. Billing


The question of whether it is fair to gather confession evidence or evidence of silence in one legal system for use at trial in another commences with an examination of how the balance between effectiveness of law enforcement and fairness to the suspect or accused is maintained from the national perspective. This chapter, therefore, examines the domestic laws of Denmark that limit and protect the right to silence and the right against self-incrimination. This examination demonstrates how there is continuity between the investigative and trial phases in Danish criminal proceedings when viewed as a whole. Thus, this chapter forms part the basis for an overall comparative analysis, which explores the extent to which the national continuity of law becomes disjointed when evidence is transferred across borders. It is also the starting point to a later consideration of the influence of international human rights frameworks, such as the ICCPR and the ECHR, on national law and thereby on the transnational evidence gathering process-due to a lack of or the building of ‘trust’ between cooperating states.


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

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