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Regulating European Drug Problems: Administrative Measures and Civil Law in the Control of Drug Trafficking, Nuisance and Use

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Nicholas Dorn
Date Published
312 pages
These essays suggest ideas to policymakers and administrators working at the interface of city-level, national, and European responses to drug problems.
The book brings together an account of an important legal space for European drug control, involving administrative measures (measures taken by state agencies in relation to the regulation of commercial entities, public spaces, and individual persons) and civil law (which shapes legal actions taken by one private party against another who is said to have caused harm to the first). The study aims to chart this existing control space within the laws of the European Union and its Member States, and to begin to examine the prospects for and problems involved in its possible expansion and development. The control space is populated by a variety of legal measures at three levels of drug control: (1) top-level measures against activities intimately connected with large-scale drug trafficking; (2) middle-level measures against public nuisance created by publicly visible drug markets, sellers, buyers, and users at the municipal level; and (3) measures in relation to the private conduct of drug users. At each level, in each Member State, administrative measures are deployed, sometimes alongside and intertwined with criminal law. Civil action between private parties is also possible, as are civil actions brought by private parties against the administrative authorities. Tables, notes, index


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