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CALL FOR PAPERS: Joint Conference "Procedural rights in criminal proceedings in the EU"

Utrecht University, Leiden University and Maastricht University are organizing a two day conference on Procedural rights in criminal proceedings in the European Union, offering a venue for practitioners and young scholars to exchange experiences and ideas on this subject matter.

Deadline for paper proposals: 15 May 2018

The Conference aims to:
- Identify whether the transposed directives on procedural rights for suspects and accused persons, together with the CJEU case law lead to convergence of procedural rights for defendants in legal practice;
- Identify the role of these measures for transnational cooperation;
- Identify the further impact (side‐effects) of the directives in the national criminal procedures:
- Discuss possible future initiatives in this area;
- Involve practitioners and young researchers and offer the latter a platform to discuss their ideas with senior experts.

The overarching topic of the conference is scrutinized from three different angles, which build three streams, both at the plenary sessions and in the working groups.
- The first stream focuses on EU competences in the area of procedural rights in criminal proceedings.
- The second stream the conference takes a look at the impact of the EU legal framework within the national context.
- The third stream focuses on procedural rights in the cross‐border context.
- The first day focuses on the three streams in a series of corresponding plenary sessions. On the second day, participants are offered the opportunity to present their research in working groups, receiving feedback from senior experts and the audience.

With this call for papers we invite you to prepare a paper and present it in one of the working groups, each related to one of the three streams. The conference committee expressly encourages early career researchers to present their research.

Questions concerning practical arrangements should be addressed to: