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Suspects’ rights in custodial interrogation in Greece and France: Isolationism, legal cosmopolitanism and local resistance

Giannoulopoulos, Dimitrios. 2012. 'Suspects’ rights in custodial interrogation in Greece and France: Isolationism, legal cosmopolitanism and local resistance'. In: Globalisation, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice conference. London, United Kingdom. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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This paper discusses isolationism, cosmopolitanism and local resistance as conflicting powers shaping law reform. It concentrates on legislation recently introduced in France giving suspects the right to be assisted by a lawyer when questioned by the police. France has for a very long time maintained an idiosyncratic position on this issue, effectively barring lawyers’ presence in police interrogations, thus diverging from the solutions adopted by most legal systems in Europe and the Western world. Under pressure from the ECtHR (post Salduz v Turkey jurisprudence and, notably, Brusco v France), France has finally abandoned this position.

The focus then moves on to Greece, where isolationism similar to that exhibited in France can be demonstrated with respect to notification of the right to silence and suspects’ rights during custodial interrogation more generally.

The two countries are compared and contrasted in relation to their ‘spontaneous’ cosmopolitan attitudes and reactions to external cosmopolitan pressures for reform. The conclusions allow for reflection on legal cosmopolitanism’s assumed ubiquity.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Law

Dates:

DateEvent
26 June 2012Published

Event Location:

London, United Kingdom

Item ID:

26077

Date Deposited:

20 Mar 2019 10:22

Last Modified:

03 May 2019 08:14

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/26077

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