Irene Project

The Legitimacy of EU Criminal Law

My research question is to what extent does the EU follow a normative agenda in the field of harmonisation of substantive criminal law. More in details my project investigates the role for the “effectiveness” and the “normative” rationale within the EU approach to criminalisation. The former perspective implies using criminal law as an enforcement tool to regulate human conducts. According to the latter approach, importance is also attached to the interests and the values at stake. To this aim I look at the EU definition of competence in the field of substantive criminal law, within the EU policy discourse on the subject and within a selected number of legislative instruments.