Summer School “The EU Area of Criminal Justice”

The ECLAN Summer School on “The EU Area of Criminal Justice” takes place every year in Brussels (Institute for European Studies - ULB) the first week of July. The next edition will take place between July 1st and July 5th, 2019.

The objective of the Summer School is to provide participants with an extensive knowledge of EU criminal law. The classes are both theoretical and practical. They are conducted by academics, national experts or European officials who deal every day with the European criminal area.

The Summer School is specially designed for practitioners in the field of police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters, EU or national civil servants as well as researchers and students interested in the EU Area of Freedom, Security and Justice.

The Summer School takes place in Brussels during the first week of July, lectures are held in English, participants receive a certificate of attendance, the final examination entitles participants to receive 3 ECTS credits and lawyers may gain 37 points from the OBFG (Ordre des Barreaux Francophones et Germanophone de Belgique).

Traditionally, the Summer School covers essentially 5 topics :

  • subject I (day 1): general introduction (historical evolution, institutional issues – Schengen area, judicial control – EU accession to ECHR);
  • subject II (day 2): cooperation between national authorities in criminal cases, covering both police cooperation and judicial co-operation. The latter will address the evolution from classic judicial cooperation (Mutual Legal Assistance instruments) to mutual recognition instruments, with special attention to the European Arrest Warrant;
  • subject III (day 3): approximation of substantive criminal law, trafficking and smuggling. Thus, following a class on the approximation of procedural criminal law, with a special focus on recent procedural rights (such as legal aid, childrern's rights and presumption of innocence);
  • subject IV (day 4): current and future actors of the European criminal area, particularly Eurojust, Europol and the EPPO.
  • subject V (day 5): data protection and external dimension of the EU area of criminal justice. The Summer School ends with a negotiation exercise.

Special events during the Summer School

A conference takes place coinciding with the Summer School, and focuses on a topical issue.

The next edition of the Summer School will take place between July 1st and July 5th, 2019. Further information on the programme and registration will be available shortly. For any relevant information please visit the following link or send an email to .

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