Soliciting Children Online for Sexual Purposes - “Grooming” and the effectiveness of covert internet investigations

Date: 06 to 07-04-2017

Location: Cracow

Languages: English, Polish

Fees: € 90

Organiser: ERA - Academy of European Law



Sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children, including child pornography and child prostitution, are particularly severe crimes which the development of the internet has further aggravated, generating new crimes such as “grooming”, i.e. soliciting children online for sexual purposes.

This seminar aims to assess and debate legal measures to prevent and combat the production, processing, possession and distribution of child sexual abuse material on the internet and to promote the effective investigation and prosecution of offences in this area of law through cooperation with the internet industry.

Key topics

European and international legal instruments to fight child pornography online
Internet blocking issues
Role of law enforcement agencies
Soliciting children on the internet for sexual purposes (‘grooming’)

About the project

This seminar is part of a large scale project sponsored by the European Commission and entitled “Investigating, prosecuting and adjudicating criminal cases in the online world: challenges (and opportunities) posed by the internet to EU legal practitioners”. It consists of five seminars to take place in Budapest, Madrid, Lisbon, Cracow and Trier.

Who should attend?

Law enforcement officers, judges, prosecutors and lawyers in private practice.

Please note that due to the large number of applications for this series on online investigations, participants can register only for 1 event (of their choice) out of the 5 outlined above.

Participation conditions
Registration fee: €90 with no discounts

The number of places available for participants is limited. Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis and according to nationalities. All applicants will be informed if they have been selected or not after application has closed.

Travel costs up to €300 (including taxi costs) will be reimbursed by ERA upon receipt of the original receipts, tickets, boarding passes, invoices after the seminar.

Two nights' accommodation at the National School of Judiciary and Public Prosecution in Cracow will be reimbursed by ERA. A contingent of rooms has been booked. No other hotel invoices will be accepted.

Participants are asked to book their own travel and accommodation. Upon selection to attend the seminar, you will also be given the contact details to make your accommodation reservation at the Judicial School.

These rules do not apply to representatives of EU Institutions and Agencies who are supposed to cover their own travel and accommodation.
Participants should come from eligible EU Member States (UK and Denmark do not participate in the Justice Programme 2014-2020).