Criminal labels, the European Convention on Human Rights and the presumption of innocence

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Abstract

This article explores whether the presumption of innocence is compromised by state declarations that a person is other than innocent, but which are neither predicated on nor equivalent to a criminal conviction. The task ultimately is threefold: in a descriptive sense, to establish the existing parameters of the presumption, in particular tracing its incremental expansion by the European Court of Human Rights; secondly, to present a normative argument as to what I believe the presumption should further entail, drawing on its recent doctrinal extension but moving beyond this in certain respects; and then finally to ascertain whether any labels or declarations by the state either before or absent a finding of criminal liability are problematic as regards the presumption of innocence as I propose it should be construed, and what ought to be done about this.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)681-707
Number of pages27
JournalThe Modern Law Review
Volume76
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Criminal law
  • European Convention on Human Rights
  • Presumption of innocence

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