The Sentence is Only the Beginning: Hiccups in the Cross-Border Execution of Judgments in the Euregion Meuse-Rhine

J. Keiler*, A. Klip

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The cross-border execution of judgments remains difficult in practice for European Member States. This article seeks to analyze why this may be the case with regard to four different modalities of sentences: (i) prison sentences and other measures involving deprivation of liberty, (2) conditional sentences and alternative measures, (3) financial penalties and (4) confiscation orders. Based on a comparative analysis, this article investigates the problems at stake regarding the cross-border execution of judgements in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands and identifies possible causes and explanations for these. The analysis shows that impediments to cooperation may inter alia stem from differences in national law and diverging national sentencing practices and cultures and may furthermore be related to a lack of possibilities for cooperation in the preliminary phase of a transfer. Moreover, some obstacles to cooperation may be country-specific and self-made, due to specific choices and approaches of national criminal justice systems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-217
Number of pages29
JournalEuropean Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice
Issue number3/4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2021


  • cross-border execution of judgments
  • cooperation in criminal matters
  • Area of Freedom
  • Security and Justice
  • comparative criminal law

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