New Developments in EU Law in the Field of In Absentia National Proceedings. The Directive 2016/343/EU in the Light of the ECtHR Case Law

  • Lorena Bachmaier WinterEmail author
Part of the Legal Studies in International, European and Comparative Criminal Law book series (LSCL, volume 2)


This study analyses the rules for trials in absentia included in the Directive 2016/343 with the aim of assessing their impact in the protection of fundamental rights in criminal proceedings in the European Union. The aim is further to check if the requirements defined by the Strasbourg Court—included in the FD EAW and in this Directive—provide sufficient safeguards for the defence rights in trials in absentia. This seems to be the consensus at the EU level and up to now the European Court of Justice has seen no necessity to go beyond those minimum requirements. However, the risks of trials in absentia cannot be underestimated and therefore it should be examined whether the EU should not have aimed at establishing a higher standard than the one set out by Strasbourg.


European criminal procedure ECHR Fundamental rights Mutual recognition Procedural safeguards Fair trial Defence rights In absentia trials Right to public hearing 



Area of Freedom, Security and Justice


European Court of Justice


Directive on a European Investigation Order


Directive on certain aspects on the presumption of innocence and the right to be present at trial in criminal proceedings


European Convention Human Rights


European Court of Human Rights


European Union


Framework Decision on the European Arrest Warrant


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of LawUniversity Complutense MadridMadridSpain

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