Panel discussion with Anthony Bottoms (Cambridge University), Valsamis Mitsilegas (Queen Mary University London) and John Vervaele (Utrecht University) as panelists, and Jannemieke Ouwerkerk (Leiden Law School) as moderator/discussant.
Over the past few decades, the European Union has been exercising its criminalisation powers very actively. The aim of this debate is to reflect on how the European Union has been using its competences to create common definitions of offences, and to discuss how it should use its competences. Issues that will be addressed include the margins of regulatory criminalisation, the pitfalls of minimum rules in this field, and the potential of an evidence-based approach in law-making as well as regarding evaluation of adopted legislation. There will be ample opportunity for questions from the public.