Trends of age of consent legislation in Europe: A comparative study of 59 jurisdictions on the European continent

Guangxing Zhu, Suzan van der Aa

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Over the past few decades, many national jurisdictions on the european continent have revised their age of consent legislation. A comparison of the age of consent laws of 59 jurisdictions in 2004 and 2016 revealed three important developments to have taken place during the past 12 years. The first trend – to raise the general age of consent and abolish very low ages of consent (
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-42
JournalNew Journal of European Criminal Law
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

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