Judicial Interpretation and the Third Pillar European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice 2005 – 2 255 European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, Vol. 13/2, 255–283, 2005 © Koninklijke Brill NV. Printed in the Netherlands. Gerard Conway* Judicial Interpretation and the Third Pillar IRELAND’S ACCEPTANCE OF THE EUROPEAN ARREST WARRANT AND THE GÖZÜTOK AND BRÜGGE CASE 1. INTRODUCTION The Framework Decision on a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) 1 by the European Union (EU) is one of the most signiﬁcant initiatives of the EU to date in criminal matters. As well as setting common standards in a sphere hitherto largely reserved for more conventional multilateral cooperation, the Framework Decision effected a number of departures from the usual principles governing extradition. 2 Overall, the chief purpose of the Framework Decision was to speed up and facilitate the extradition or surrender of suspects between member states. 3 Perhaps the most signiﬁcant change is the relaxation of the double criminality rule, which requires that the offence for which a suspect is sought to be extradited be a criminal offence in both the requesting * BA (Limerick), M.Juris (Uppsala), Barrister-at-Law (Kingʼs Inns, Ireland), currently, Legal Research Ofﬁcer, Ofﬁce
European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2005
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