Lessons from Italy for a more effective use of crown witnesses in the Netherlands

In recent years, crown witness deals have become one of the most debated topics in Dutch criminal procedural law. The Minister of Justice and Safety is turning to Italy as an inspiration to improve Dutch law. What lessons can be learned from this country? How can the success of the Italian legislation on collaborators with justice be explained, and what can be taken from it for the Netherlands? This contribution provides comparative insights, and extracts some important lessons.