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  • Writer's pictureAdrian Kaczmarek

Open Lecture "Right to Silence: Law in Books and Law in Action Between Italy and Europe"

We would like to invite you to an open lecture by Dr. Andrea Zampini (Sapienza University of Rome) titled "Right to silence: law in books and law in action between Italy and Europe", which will take place on Thursday, 2 February 2023, at 11.30 a.m. CET. The lecture will be held in a hybrid format, in room 3.1 CIN and online via the Google Meet platform.

The lecture topics include the right to silence, which is of fundamental importance for Western criminal systems. It is worth noting that it is also regulated in EU law by a European Directive, which aims to establish minimum standards in all Member States.

In this context, research ( has shown that psychological approaches to exercising this right are very similar for the accused in different European countries.

In addition to these 'human' commonalities, European national legal systems view the silence of the suspect/accused differently. These differences determine the behaviour of the representatives of the judiciary (judges, prosecutors, police officers and defence lawyers) appointed to ensure the exercise of this right and asked to assess it.

In theory, the Italian regulation of criminal procedure ensures high standards of protection and corresponds to established European standards. However, in practice, it does not always correspond to theoretical expectations.

The lecture will examine the elements provided below: • the accused's approach to interrogation and its ethical implications, • interrogation: legal regulations and techniques, • standards of the right to defence, • use of the fact of silence in the decision-making process, • the right to "digital silence".

Dr. Andrea Zampini is a Research Fellow at Sapienza Università di Roma. He defended his doctoral thesis prepared under the supervision of Prof. Glauco Giostra in 2021. He has been part of the research team of the University of KU Leuven (Belgium) in the European Commission-funded Emprise project ( Dr. Zampini collaborates with Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan in the framework of the international research project Effective Justice, investigating procedural issues related to juvenile delinquency and the effectiveness of the judicial system regarding requests for the discontinuance of criminal prosecution. His main research area is the relationship between the right to privacy and criminal investigations.

Meeting code: tnk-oykx-dya

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