The statute of limitations for criminal offenses varies within the European Union. This raises considerable problems for cross-border cooperation in criminal matters. Overcoming them was the subject of a comparative law research project with the aim of developing a first harmonization proposal for the statute of limitations in the EU. The publication presents the most important research results including a comprehensive analysis of the statute of limitations for criminal offenses and sanctions in 14 countries. The comparative law cross-section evaluates similarities and differences and draws conclusions that resulted in a harmonization proposal. For this purpose, a case study on the statute of limitations for fraud provided valuable insights. An analysis of whether a human right to a statute of limitations can be justified completes the comparison. The cross-section and the harmonization proposal are also available in English. With contributions by Robert Esser, Michael Faure, Victor Gómez Martín, Walter Gropp, Livia Häberli, Samantha Halliday, Rita Haverkamp, Gudrun Hochmayr, Krisztina Karsai, André Klip, Thomas Kolb, Marek Kulik, Susan Lazer, Marianne Johanna Lehmkuhl, Renzo Orlandi, Theodoros Papakyriakou, Andres Parmas, Magdalena Pierzchlewicz, Angeliki Pitsela, Sophie Sackl, Helmut Satzger, Lyane Sautner, Leandro Schafer, Arndt Sinn, Jaan Sootak, Zsolt Szomora, Stephen Thaman, Julien Walther, Jan Wenk and Ann Wood.
Original languageGerman
Title of host publicationDie Verjährung als Herausforderung für die grenzüberschreitende Zusammenarbeit in Strafsachen
EditorsGudrun Hochmayr, Walter Gropp
Place of PublicationBaden-Baden
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-7489-2653-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-8487-8231-4
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

SeriesSchriften zum Internationalen und Europäischen Strafrecht

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