Criminal justice and global public goods: The Prüm Forensic Biometric Cooperation

Wilson, Tim (2016) Criminal justice and global public goods: The Prüm Forensic Biometric Cooperation. The Journal of Criminal Law, 80 (5). pp. 303-326. ISSN 0022-0183

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Abstract

This article places sharing forensic biometric data for international criminal justice cooperation purposes within the domain of global public goods. Such cooperation is a rational response to globalization, but faces several obstacles. These range from socio-cultural and political concerns about national legal and criminal justice autonomy to the potential impact of market fundamentalism on scientific standardization and cooperation mechanism delivery. The significance of such inhibitors will vary as societal and personal perceptions of stability change. These issues are examined by analysing the progress achieved with the EU Prüm forensic biometric data exchange model. Shocks to European stability, such as the increased scale of terrorist crimes and the UK EU referendum result will inevitably test the resilience of Prüm. Combining insights from global public goods and criminal law scholarship, however, may help to identify how reactions to such shocks, including questions about future UK participation in Prüm, might be managed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: International criminal justice cooperation; global public goods; forensic science standardization; market fundamentalism/neoliberalism; Brexit
Subjects: F400 Forensic and Archaeological Science
M200 Law by Topic
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > School of Law
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2016 08:34
Last Modified: 29 May 2017 03:40
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/27800

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