Anneli Soo’s article won the Biannual Prize of the European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice
The Editorial Board the European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice awarded our Associate Professor in Criminal Law Anneli Soo with the 2018 Biannual Prize for her article „Article 12 of the Directive 2013/48/EU: A Starting Point for Discussion on a Common Understanding of the Criteria for Effective Remedies of Violation of the Right to Counsel“, which appeared in the 2017(1) issue of the Journal.
„Against competition from other particularly strong contributions, and in the context of a high general standard, the article stood out not just for its contribution to the field, but for the quality of its underpinning research and the sophistication of its analysis. This is an outstanding achievement and represents, at the highest level, the standards of originality, significance and rigour that we would like to see reflected in the submissions that we receive,“ wrote the Editorial Board in their acknowledgement.
Anneli Soo’s article analyses the content of Article 12 of Directive 2013/48/EU on remedies for violations of the right to access to a lawyer and argues that the current formulation is very vague and will potentially lead to substantial divergence in how the right to counsel is employed in the daily practice of the Member States. The article proposes that in order to enhance the right to counsel the Member States should start discussions on a common understanding of the criteria for effective remedies for violation of this right.
„By focusing on remedies Anneli Soo addresses a neglected aspect of the Directive, thereby making a valuable contribution to the academic literature. She also deals with an issue of genuine practical significance. Now that the deadline for implementation has expired, the provision of effective remedies is a matter that is of critical relevance to those whom the Directive is intended to benefit,“ notes the Editorial Board.