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Routledge Handbook of Constitutional Law by Cheryl Saunders, Thomas Fleiner, Mark Tushnet

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21Rights in the criminal process: a case study of convergence and disclosure rights

Máximo Langer and Kent Roach

21.1 Introduction

The subject of criminal procedure rights can be approached from many angles. Legal systems vary on whether and which rights they give, not only to criminal defendants but also to victims of crime, NGOs, prosecutors, witnesses, citizens, media and the public. Legal systems also vary on the legal status that criminal procedure rights have—as constitutional, international, statutory, common law or regulatory rights; on the nature and structure of these rights; and on how they are enforced. One of the themes of contemporary comparative criminal procedure literature has been that the spread of defendants’ rights around ...

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