Effective Criminal Defence in Europe is a 657 page publication that is the culmination of a three year research project funded by the European Commission and OSI. The project reviewed how criminal defence is conducted in eight member states and one accession state in comparison with the standards of the ECHR and concluded that many countries were falling below ECHR requirements.
The publication was launched at a conference in Brussels attended by experts and ministry of justice representatives from across Europe. It recommends EU legislative action to ensure minimum defence rights are protected, and a change in the cultural attitudes engaged in prosecuting suspects.
Ed Cape, Zaza Namoradze, Roger Smith and Taru Sproken
24 June 2010