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Call for papers - Conference "Towards European Criminal Law" (Nantes, France | 6-7 Feb. 2020)

The gradual increase of the European Union’s competences in the field of criminal law, and the growing ambition of the European Commission’s proposals, make criminal law one of the areas of EU law on which most attention is focused. At the heart of this field, criminal procedural law is made particularly interesting by its position at the intersection of two sectors that were traditionally excluded from the European Union’s harmonisation competences: criminal law and procedural law. It also remains an area of significant discrepancies among the Member States. Although the impact of European integration on criminal procedure cannot be studied in isolation from instruments which primarily relate to substantial criminal law, the European law of criminal procedure warrants specific attention.

The conference will be structured around three main topics:

  1. Scope and Impact of the Intervention of European Union Law on Criminal Procedure;
  2. Scope and Impact of the Intervention of Criminal Procedure on EU Procedural Law;
  3. The Need to Construct European Principles to Frame Criminal Procedure.

We invite papers exploring issues related to these three topics. Abstracts, presentations and papers can be in English of French. Young scholars are especially encouraged to submit.

Practical details

Abstracts of up to 800 words should be submitted by 15 September 2019 to the scientific committee, at:

Authors should also include a short biographical note. Selected speakers will be notified by 20 October 2019. Authors whose contributions are accepted will be expected to submit a draft paper (around 10 000 words) by 30 January 2020. The selected papers will be published.

Any queries about the conference may be addressed to the convenor at