Thomas Wahl

Senior Researcher

Main Focus

Thomas Wahl spe­cial­izes in European crim­in­al law. He fo­cuses on the leg­al in­stru­ments ad­op­ted at the level of the European Uni­on and the Coun­cil of Europe that har­mon­ize crim­in­al law, foster mu­tu­al co­oper­a­tion between law en­force­ment au­thor­it­ies, and es­tab­lish cent­ral act­ors re­spons­ible for the in­vest­ig­a­tion, pro­sec­u­tion, and pre­ven­tion of crime. His cur­rent re­search more spe­cific­ally ad­dresses the fol­low­ing is­sues:

  • Ex­tra­di­tion law, in par­tic­u­lar a com­par­is­on between the sur­render of per­sons via the European Ar­rest War­rant (based on the prin­ciple of mu­tu­al re­cog­ni­tion of ju­di­cial de­cisions) and “con­ven­tion­al” ex­tra­di­tions on the basis of the leg­al frame­work of the Coun­cil of Europe;
  • In­ter­na­tion­al co­oper­a­tion in crim­in­al mat­ters and the pub­lic or­der;
  • Mu­tu­al leg­al as­sist­ance, in par­tic­u­lar the use of evid­ence gathered abroad;
  • European In­vest­ig­a­tion Or­der;
  • Data pro­tec­tion in po­lice and ju­di­cial co-op­er­a­tion in Europe;
  • New ar­chi­tec­ture of European law en­force­ment, in par­tic­u­lar the European Pub­lic Pro­sec­utor’s Of­fice;
  • Pro­ced­ur­al safe­guards, in par­tic­u­lar their har­mon­iz­a­tion by EU law;
  • Com­bat­ing ter­ror­ism with­in the EU.

Curriculum Vitae

Thomas Wahl has been Head of the Sec­tion for “European Crim­in­al Law” since Feb­ru­ary 2016, a po­s­i­tion he also held in the years 2004 to 2009. From 2009 to 2011 he worked at the Fed­er­al Of­fice of Justice (Bundes­amt für Jus­tiz) in the units (Refer­ate) for "Ex­tra­di­tion, En­force­ment As­sist­ance, Mu­tu­al Leg­al As­sist­ance, EJN [Aus­liefer­ung, Voll­streck­ungs- und Recht­shil­fe, EJN],“ „Crim­in­o­logy, Crim­in­al Pre­ven­tions, Ju­di­cial Stat­ist­ics,“ [Krim­in­o­lo­gie, Krim­in­al­präven­tion, Jus­tizstat­istik] and “Dis­cip­lin­ary Fin­ing Pro­ceed­ings for breach of dis­clos­ure ob­lig­a­tions in ac­cord­ance with the Ger­man Com­mer­cial Code [Ord­nungs­geld­verfahren bei Jahresab­schlüssen].“ Between 2011 and 2013 he served as na­tion­al ex­pert for Ger­many in the EU fun­ded pro­ject „An Ad­di­tion­al Eval­u­ation Mech­an­ism on Ju­di­cial Co­oper­a­tion in Crim­in­al Mat­ters. Pi­lot pro­ject on the con­di­tions for is­su­ing a European Ar­rest War­rant, in par­tic­u­lar re­lat­ing to the pro­por­tion­al­ity of the de­cision,” a joint col­lab­or­a­tion with the Min­is­tries of Justice of the Neth­er­lands and France.

Sub­sequently, Thomas Wahl as­sumed a re­search po­s­i­tion with the KORSE net­work in the Centre for Se­cur­ity and Society at the Uni­versity of Freiburg i.Br./Ger­many. He did re­search on the “Shift­ing of in­terests in European ex­tra­di­tion law” and provided ex­pert­ise on oth­er ques­tions of European se­cur­ity law.
Thomas Wahl con­trib­uted to nu­mer­ous re­search pro­jects on vari­ous top­ics of European crim­in­al law such as „Sys­tem­at­iz­a­tion and present­a­tion of European and European­ized crim­in­al law [Sys­tem­at­ische Darstel­lung des Europäis­chen Stra­frechts],“ „Hand­book on civil se­cur­ity [Recht­shand­buch zivile Sich­er­heit],“ a study for the European Par­lia­ment en­titled „Crim­in­al pro­ced­ur­al laws across the European Uni­on – A com­par­at­ive ana­lys­is of se­lec­ted main dif­fer­ences and the im­pact they have over the de­vel­op­ment of EU le­gis­la­tion [coun­try re­port on Ger­many],” an ECLAN-study on „The fu­ture of mu­tu­al re­cog­ni­tion in crim­in­al mat­ters in the European Uni­on [coun­try re­port Ger­many],“ and a study for OLAF on „De­vel­op­ment of an EU Eval­u­ation Mech­an­ism in the area of Anti-Cor­rup­tion with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on identi­fy­ing and re­du­cing the costs of cor­rup­tion in Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment in­volving EU Funds.“

Thoas Wahl is man­aging ed­it­or of „eu­crim“. “eu­crim” is an on­line plat­form that serves as a Europe-wide for­um for European crim­in­al law and in­tends to en­cour­age dis­cus­sion among both prac­ti­tion­ers and aca­dem­ics. The pub­lic­a­tion is co-fin­anced by the European Com­mis­sion and each journ­al is­sue is ded­ic­ated to a spe­cif­ic top­ic of European crim­in­al law. Thomas Wahl’s ed­it­or­i­al func­tions in­clude the ana­lys­is and present­a­tion of cur­rent de­vel­op­ments in the European Uni­on and the Coun­cil of Europe re­lated to crim­in­al law. He is also re­spons­ible for main­tain­ing the high stand­ard of qual­ity re­quired for sci­entif­ic art­icles pub­lished on­line and/or in the journ­al.

Thomas Wahl co-foun­ded the „ex­tra­di­tion for­um“ in 2016, which provides a set­ting for prac­ti­tion­ers and aca­dem­ics to dis­cuss on a reg­u­lar basis cur­rent de­vel­op­ments, top­ics and cases in­volving in­ter­na­tion­al ex­tra­di­tion and the European Ar­rest War­rant.


Project

Comparing Extradition Models of the Council of Europe and the European Union more

Publications

Journal Article (90)

2021
Journal Article
Wahl, T. (2021). Verwertung von im Ausland überwachter Chatnachrichten im Strafverfahren: zugleich Besprechung der EncroChat-Beschlüsse des OLG Bremen v. 18.12.2020 –1 Ws 166/20, und OLG Hamburg v. 29.1.2021 –1 Ws 2/21. Zeitschrift für Internationale Strafrechtsdogmatik, 16(7-8), 452–461. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0008-DC28-4
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Wahl, T. (2021). Die Schweiz und das Europäische Strafrecht. Swiss Review of International and European Law, 31(4), 666–684. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0009-2B25-E
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Wahl, T., & Riehle, C. (2021). News – European Union. Eucrim – the European Criminal Law Associations' Forum, (01), 3–38. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0008-9FE4-4
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Wahl, T., Riehle, C., & Pingen, A. (2021). News – European Union. Eucrim – the European Criminal Law Associations' Forum, (02), 70–106. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0008-E750-9
2020
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Gless, S., & Wahl, T. (2020). Die Schweiz und das Europäische Strafrecht. Swiss Review of International and European Law, 30(4), 562–575. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0006-FB78-9
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Wahl, T. (2020). Refusal of European Arrest Warrants Due to Fair Trial Infringements: Review of the CJEU’s Judgment in “LM” by National Courts in Europe. Eucrim - the European Criminal Law Associations' Forum, (4), 321–330. doi:10.30709/eucrim-2020-026
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Wahl, T., & Riehle, C. (2020). News – European Union. Eucrim – the European Criminal Law Associations' Forum, (01), 2–29. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0006-A87B-3
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Wahl, T., & Riehle, C. (2020). News – European Union. Eucrim – the European Criminal Law Associations' Forum, (02), 67–115. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0007-0401-3
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Wahl, T., & Riehle, C. (2020). News – European Union. Eucrim – the European Criminal Law Associations' Forum, (03), 158–195. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0007-E97A-A
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Wahl, T., & Riehle, C. (2020). News – European Union. Eucrim – the European Criminal Law Associations' Forum, (04), 255–300. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0008-4529-D
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