The European Union’s efforts to approximate substantive criminal law began under the third pillar of the Maastricht Treaty, then amended by the Amsterdam and Nice Treaties. As with other areas of cooperation in criminal matters, this domain has been ‘communitarised’ by the Lisbon Treaty. Since then, it is the area where the most initiatives have been introduced.
In this context, the purpose of the conference is twofold. The first aim is to evaluate the changes introduced by the new Treaty and, three years after its entry into force, to provide an overview of the concrete implementation and practical impact of these changes. The second is to reflect on future prospects.
The conference led to the publication of a collective book under the same title.