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 next edition will take place in 2021.

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 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 next edition of the Summer School will take place between 29 June and 3 July 2020.

* Due to the current health situation related to the Covid-19, and following the University's and authorities' instructions, it is with regret that we decided to cancel the 17th edition of the Summer School on the EU Area of Criminal Justice. We will be looking forward to welcome you in Brussels for the next edition in July 2021*

The provisional programme will be shared shortly and registration will open on Monday 16 March 2020. For your information, the programme of the previous editio is available below.

All relevant information and the registration form are available on the Summer School's dedicated website:

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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 4 topics :

  • subject I (day 1): general introduction (historical evolution, institutional issues – Schengen area - EU accession to ECHR);
  • subject II (day 2 and 3): judicial cooperation between national authorities in criminal cases. It will address the evolution from classic judicial cooperation (Mutual Legal Assistance instruments) to mutual recognition instruments, with special attention to several legal instruments of cooperation such as the European Arrest Warrant. This topic will also adress the judicial control in the European penal area.
  • subject III (day 4): current and future actors of the European criminal area, particularly Eurojust, Europol, OLAF and the EPPO.
  • subject IV (day 5): police cooperation, data protection and external dimension of the EU area of criminal justice.

Special events during the Summer School

A conference takes place during the Summer School, and focuses on a topical issue. Further information will be shared soon.

Interested in hearing more, we invite you to watch this short video with testimonies from former participants !

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