Current projects
Prior projects
Current issues of procedural law (2014 SGR 179). Duration 2014-2016
Legal certainty and effectiveness of justice (critical points on the procedural reforms with the added perspective of compared law) (2013-42159-P) Length 2014-2016
Minors as especially vulnerable victims: Are they the forgotten ones in legal proceedings and in mediation? (Grant awarded by the Centre for Legal Studies and Specialized Training). Duration 2012.
Procedural Reforms: a compared analysis of the harmonization as convergence and remission of civil and criminal procedures (DER2010-15919, subprogram JURI) Duration 2010-2013
Current Issues on Procedural Law (2009 SGR 762) Length 2009-2013
The Criminal Process between Europe and America: A return trip? SEJ 2007-62248 Length 2007-2010
"The protection of the victim in the European Procedural Systems" (No. JLS/2007/JPEN/247). Length 2007-2010
Current issues regarding procedural law (2005SGR 00086) Length 2005-2008
Internationalization of justice and the reform of criminal proceedings (SEJ2004-00266) Length 2005-2007
The reform of justice: some substantial aspects (civil, criminal and of international significance). (BJU-421) Length 2000-2003
Internationalization of justice and the reform of criminal proceedings (SEJ2004-00266) Length 2005-2007

Penal justice is facing a double challenge: the so long demanded global reform of criminal proceedings, which is to finally provide a new Code of Criminal Procedure. And internationalization, especially within the framework of the European Union, from the development of a European Constitution and other Commission initiatives such as The Green Paper, taking into account the path initiated by the International Criminal Court and the imminent coming into force in Spain of the International Cooperation Law. To examine and analyze these two aspects were the main objectives of the project.


As regards the reform of the Code of criminal Procedure, recent partial reforms have emphasised once again the urgent need for a global, in depth reform, after over twenty years of application and more than thirty partial reforms, which, if important, have not always followed the same direction. To devise the basis for a renovation of criminal proceedings, not only on the basis of internal coherence, but also from a community and international point of view, is one of the lines of investigation of this project.


As regards internationalization, the imminent endorsing of a European Constitution and the existence of a Green Paper from the Commission on Procedural Safeguards for Suspects and Defendants in Criminal Proceedings throughout the European Union are two central issues by themselves, but also within the regulatory framework that can constitute when managing the internal reform of the criminal proceedings in Spain, that is, if we want to avoid having to write a new regulation for criminal proceedings which would be born already outdated or, on the other hand, if we want to avoid being taken away from international forums which deal with these issues and in which Spanish researchers can perform important contributions.


In this sense, the following research project stands out for: promoting the quality of the investigation and its internationalization, as well as the development of previous projects, thus breaking the trend towards fragmentation proper of research groups.



The monographs,  a direct result from this activity, were: ARMENTA DEU, Justicia de proximidad, (community justice) Madrid, Marcial Pons, 2006; ORMAZABAL SÁNCHEZ, Espacio penal europeo y mutuo reconocimiento. Perspectivas española y alemana, (European Criminal Law-enforcement area and mutual recognition. German and Spanish outlooks) Madrid, Marcial Pons, 2006; ORMAZABAL SÁNCHEZ, Iura novit curia. La vinculación del juez a la calificación jurídica de la demanda, (the judge’s vinculation towards the juridical qualification of actions) Marcial Pons, Madrid, 2007 y OROMÍ VALL-LLOVERA, La intervención voluntaria de terceros en el proceso civil. Facultades procesales del interviniente, (The voluntary intervention of third parties in civil proceedings. Procedural competences of intervening parties.), Marcial Pons, 2007.


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