The European Union has come a long way from the post-war European Coal and Steel Community. There has been a strong intra-State integration at European level with the introduction of close financial, economic, foreign policy and political ties. The socio-political reality of integration and freedom of movement dictated a concerted and ‘integrated’ approach to effectively combat crime. We now have a specialized set of EU criminal offences applied throughout the Member States. Relative uniform sanction has been promulgated for these offences. Specialized criminal procedures have been laid out throughout the Union. Now with the advent of the Lisbon Treaty there is also the possibility of witnessing the establishment of a European Public Prosecutor’s Office.
With this European reality in mind, the focus of this book is to examine the legal difficulties in implementing and applying these European Criminal norms in the Maltese legal system. In particular, the book examines the impact this may have on the substantive and procedural criminal rules applicable in Malta. Furthermore the rights of the person suspect or arrested and the rights of the persons accused are discussed and potential issues highlighted.
About the author
Stefano Filletti, a practising lawyer, is the Head of Department and resident lecturer in Criminal Law at the University of Malta. He also heads the Maltese delegation to the Council of Europe in the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC).
He holds a B.A. in Legal Studies and a Doctorate in Law (LL.D) from the University of Malta, and a Master’s degree (LL.M – IMLI) with distinction from the International Maritime Law Institute (IMO). As a Chevening scholar, he read law at the University of Oxford where he was awarded a Master of Law degree (M. Juris) with distinction. He was also awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) from the University of Malta.
Filletti is the co-editor of the New Journal of European Criminal Law (Intersentia) and co-editor of the Mediterranean Journal of Human Rights (University of Malta).
“Dr Stefano Filletti presents a very detailed, well-referenced pioneering piece of work. The topic constitutes a legal area where not much legal research has been carried out especially in relation to the Maltese criminal law legal system. More importantly, it focuses on Malta as a case study and thereby contributes to present a much needed essential knowledge base for the local legal scenario. Undoubtedly, the lack of legal research surrounding the topic has presented various challenges to the author. Stefano Filletti has admirably managed to address the topic coherently and comprehensively in a very fluid and clear style, drawing upon legal practice as well as legal doctrine.”
Prof Kevin Aquilina, Dean, Faculty of Laws, University of Malta