UT lecturer wishes to use her Marie Curie fellowship to advance efficient legal defence
Anneli Soo, Lecturer in Penal Law of the Faculty of Law of the University of Tartu, received the internationally highly valued Marie Curie fellowship that takes her to do research in the Netherlands at Maastricht University. Her research pursues to achieve that the European Union directive becoming effective in 2016 would ensure each EU citizen efficient legal defence in criminal proceedings.
“The central idea of my research is that if a criminal defence lawyer is involved in a criminal proceeding, the state is not relieved of the obligation to ensure the person’s right to efficient legal defence, irrelevant of whether the lawyer has been employed by the suspected or accused person or appointed by the state,” said Soo.
In principle, this means that the state or mostly the courts are obliged to check that the criminal defence lawyers fulfil their duties in the proceedings, not just simply show up.
The reason why Soo applied for the Marie Curie fellowship was her wish to continue working on her research more intensively and to develop as a researcher: “As a researcher, I wish to get more international knowledge and a broader network of contacts. As the Marie Curie individual fellowship aims to support researchers’ individual development, I decided to apply for that.”
The fellowship takes Soo to the Netherlands for two years to do research at Maastricht University. “The Faculty of Law of Maastricht University has a large number of experts in the fields that are directly or indirectly related to my research. I also value the opportunity of close cooperation with my Maastricht supervisor Professor Taru Spronken, who is one of the most renowned experts of the field both in Europe and outside Europe.”
During the fellowship period, Soo is planning to write several articles on how the member states of the European Union are planning to implement the directive of 22 October 2013 on the right of access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings and in European arrest warrant proceedings, and on the right to have a third party informed upon deprivation of liberty and to communicate with third persons and with consular authorities while deprived of liberty.
“The transposition deadline of the directive is 27 November 2016 and the current practice of the European Court of Human Rights suggests that it may become quite a challenge for several member states,” said Soo.
The title of the fellowship project of the Lecturer in Penal Law of the University of Tartu “Towards EFfective DEfence COunselling” – EFDECO – symbolises the wish that some day, all persons subject to criminal proceedings in an European Union member state are guaranteed their right to efficient legal defence. This is the motivation of Anneli Soo’s research.
Individual Fellowships of Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions support the mobility of researchers within and beyond Europe and help to attract the best foreign researchers to work in the European Union.
Additional information: Anneli Soo, Lecturer in Penal Law of the University of Tartu, tel: +372 737 5386, email: anneli.soo [ät] ut.ee.