Report on France

  • Juliette Lelieur


Even though transnational cooperation is more and more frequently the province of judges, judicial review in France of whether rights were guaranteed during the transnational inquiry does not seem, generally speaking, to be free of the interstate logic of cooperation: actions taken in the context of interstate cooperation are still considered administrative acts carried out at the executive’s discretion. The courts therefore hesitate to review them and take a less active role than in domestic inquiries.

In the opinion of this author, just as the doors to French prisons have been opened to lawyers and judges in the last 15 years, it is now time for international legal assistance to be made the subject of judicial review as well.


International Criminal Framework Decision Judicial Review Legal Assistance Criminal Matter 
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Code of Criminal Procedure


European Convention on Human Rights


European Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters


International Criminal Court


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of LawUniversity of StrasbowSTRASBOURG cedexFrance

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