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Acting Together in Crime

A Comparative Analysis of Joint Perpetration and Assistance to Criminal Offences under French, German, Austrian and Italian Criminal Law in Light of Five Dutch Supreme Court Cases

Acting Together in Crime
  • Year of publication 2018
  • 176 pages
Editor:Laura Peters
Category: Criminology General
Icon_printbook 978‐94‐6236‐853‐8 | paperback | 1st edition | € 56.00 / $ 71.00 / £ 55.50

How are the same criminal cases judged under different European criminal law systems?

Five challenging Dutch criminal cases and accompanying Supreme Court judgments form the starting point of this book. They are used as the primary steppingstone of a description as well as a comparative analysis of the law on criminal participation in five prominent European countries. These cases concern disputable aspects of criminal regulations applicable to situations in which persons Act Together in Crime. All cases focus on joint perpetration, criminal aiding, or both, and their outcomes have provoked (strong) debates among legal scholars and practitioners in the Netherlands.

The book starts with a description of the cases, followed by an extensive overview of the Dutch law on criminal participation. Then, criminal law experts from France, Germany, Austria and Italy each present their nation’s law on joint perpetration and criminal assistance, alongside their analyses of the five cases. The book concludes with an overall comparative perspective of the different outcomes to the cases and reflects on the different systems of criminal participation in the aforementioned countries.

This study seeks to give legal scholars, practitioners and lawmakers a valuable insight in the differences and similarities in how five distinct European criminal law systems deal with one of the most challenging criminal law topics.

Author's information

Dr Laura Peters studied law at the University of Nijmegen (the Netherlands) and is specialised in comparative criminal law and procedure. She graduated cum laude in 2005. After her graduation she worked as a lecturer and PhD student at the department of Legal Methods at the University of Nijmegen. During her PhD-research she spent different periods of time at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg (Germany) and worked as a guest lecturer at the Dipartimento di Scienze Giuridiche ‘Antonio Cicu’ of the University of Bologna (Italy). In 2012 she obtained her doctorate degree at the University of Nijmegen with a dissertation entitled Vonnisafspraken in strafzaken. Een rechtsvergelijkende studie naar een vorm van onderhandelingsjustitie in Italië, Duitsland en Frankrijk (Sentence Agreements in Criminal Cases. A Comparative Legal Research on Forms of Negotiated Justice in Italy, Germany and France). Currently, she works as assistant professor at the University of Groningen. Her research focus lies mainly on comparative criminal law issues.