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Protecting vulnerable suspects in police investigations in Europe: lessons learned from England and Wales and Belgium

Mergaerts, Lore and Dehaghani, Roxanna 2020. Protecting vulnerable suspects in police investigations in Europe: lessons learned from England and Wales and Belgium. New Journal of European Criminal Law 11 (3) , pp. 313-334. 10.1177/2032284420943299

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Abstract

This article provides an analysis of the provisions relating to vulnerable suspects, with a focus on adults, in England and Wales and in Belgium. In doing so, the various problems and lessons learned from each jurisdiction are examined. Situated within the context of how these provisions have been developed, both at a domestic level and at a European level, we argue that neither system offers an ideal approach to the vulnerability of suspects, but we also posit that the two jurisdictions can learn from one another in their approach. Herein, we suggest that both jurisdictions must do more to protect adult vulnerable suspects and offer potential avenues for improvement.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
K Law > KD England and Wales
Publisher: Intersentia
ISSN: 2032-2844
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 6 July 2020
Date of Acceptance: 8 June 2020
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2021 11:01
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/132435

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