Cultural Diversity and the Criminal Law System

Frank Bovenkerk, University of Utrecht
Yucel Yesilgoz, University of Utrecht

ABSTRACT
As a result of more than fifty years of immigration Europe has become a series of multi-cultural societies. There is cultural variation in the extent of criminality and many groups show their own crime characteristics. The institutions of the criminal law are faced with a whole series of dilemmas: should they recognize cultural specificity or not? and should it matter in the administration of law? The paper disusses daily practices as well as fundamental choices in a way that is not common in a field that is fraught with considerations of political correctness. Yes: culture matters.

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