Amsterdam Center for International Law

PhD Defense Koen Vriend

30 April 2016

Avoiding a Full Criminal Trial: Fair Trial Rights, Diversions, and Shortcuts in Dutch and International Criminal Proceedings

On Tuesday, 31 May 2016 (12:00-13:30), Koen Vriend will publicly defend his thesis.

Abstract

In modern societies, full criminal trials are avoided on many occasions. This thesis is concerned with mechanisms that either divert from or speed up the proceedings. Koen Vriend argues that the fair trial rights as established by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) under Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) provide a normative framework that does not only apply in a full criminal trial, but that it can also be used for diverted and shortened proceedings. He shows that the concept of fairness - as derived from ECtHR case law - is a fundamental principle that underlies all criminal law enforcement. It provides for the appropriate framework to assess whether diverted or shortened proceedings are fair and legitimate.

Supervisors

Prof. T. Blom

Prof. G.K. Sluiter

Entrance

The event is open to the public.

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