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Protecting People’s Criminal Justice Rights in the European Union

Friday, 25 Sep 2020 12:00 - 13:30 CEST

Online

The changes to the functioning of criminal legal systems during the COVID-19 were dramatic, with serious consequences for people’s rights in criminal proceedings. But it would be a mistake for Europe to understand the gaps in fair trial and other human rights highlighted by COVID-19—the overuse of pretrial detention, discrimination the criminal justice system, and the reliance of new technologies in criminal justice without careful analysis and guidelines—as specific to the pandemic. The pandemic pushed to the fore the need for urgent European Union action in these key areas of procedural rights. 

In this webinar, our experts explored the lessons from the pandemic and discuss how procedural safeguards can help address these issues. They included: 

  • Didier Reynders, EU Commissioner for Justice
  • Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana, Member of European Parliament
  • Constance Ascione Le Dréau, Visconti & Grundler 
  • Pierre-Arnaud Perrouty, Ligue des Droits Humains Belgium
  • Sarah Chander, European Digital Rights 

Read Fair Trials’ guide Beyond the Emergency of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons for Defence Rights in Europe.

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