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by Szilárd Gáspár-Szilágyi (English)

Joined Cases Aranyosi and Căldăraru: Converging Human Rights Standards, Mutual Trust and a New Ground for Postponing a European Arrest Warrant

This case-note provides a critical overview of Joined Cases C-404/15 and C-659/15 PPU, Aranyosi and Căldăraru. The CJEU tries to reconcile the principles of mutual trust and recognition with the protection of the fundamental rights of the requested person. Instead of introducing a new ground of refusal for a European Arrest Warrant based on the breach of fundamental rights, the CJEU opted for a ground of postponement. Furthermore, it brings its two-tier ‘systemic deficiencies’ test closer to the standards used by the ECtHR and encourages dialogue between the issuing and executing judicial authorities. Nevertheless, the scope of application of the new ground of postponement is not entirely clear and it is not yet sure what happens after the executing judicial authority postpones its decision due to evidence of a real risk that the requested person will be subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment in the issuing Member State.

Journal/Publisher: European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, Volume 24, Issue 2-3

Publication type: Article

Number of pages/Page range: 197 – 219

Language/s (content): English

Date of publication: 01-06-16

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Full name Gáspár-Szilágyi Szilárd