Special Issue on Changing Approaches to Authority and Power in Criminal Justice

7 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 2011

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François Kristen

Utrecht University - Faculty of Law; Utrecht University - School of Law

Date Written: October 14, 2011


In present-day society various developments with regard to criminal justice systems occur at different levels. In the Dutch criminal justice system there are the manifestations of the risk society with its ideology of controlling (perceived and present) risks and dangers. Persons, cells and/or groups who have their own ideas about society or religion react against citizens, institutions, the administration and/or society as such. They commit crimes or carry out attacks with sometimes disastrous consequences. Apart from that, technological developments facilitate new forms of criminality for these persons, cells and/or groups as well as more or less ordinary criminals. New risks and dangers emerge. Politicians demand new, more severe criminal law legislation. However, the same technological developments allow investigating authorities to employ new methods and powers for the investigation of crime. This can result in an infringement of the fundamental rights of individuals.

Suggested Citation

Kristen, François, Special Issue on Changing Approaches to Authority and Power in Criminal Justice (October 14, 2011). Utrecht Law Review, Vol. 7, No. 3, pp. 1-7, October 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1949725

François Kristen (Contact Author)

Utrecht University - Faculty of Law ( email )


Utrecht University - School of Law ( email )

3508 TC Utrecht

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