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 online from 4 July to 8 July 2022.

Aim and Objective

The Summer School is specifically designed for practitioners, being lawyers, EU or national civil servants working in criminal matters, as well as researchers and students interested in the EU area of criminal 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 taught by academics, national experts or European officials who deal with these issues on a daily basis.

When and Where

The next edition of the Summer School will take place between 4 July and 8 July 2022.

* Due to the current health situation related to the Covid-19, the 18th edition of the Summer school will be held online *


The programme is available below and registration is now opened. To register, please send an email with your CV to For any inquiry you may have (including the registration procedure), do not hesitate to contact us via email:

Course Fees

The following fees apply: €300 for students/researchers and €500 for the others. It includes tuition, course materials and the certificate of attendance.


The lectures are held in English, and all participants receive a certificate of attendance. For those interested in acquiring 3 ECTS, a final examination is necessary (and it is usually organised at the end of the week). Lawyers may obtain 30 points (6 points/day) from the OBFG (Ordre des Barreaux Francophones et Germanophone de Belgique).

Course Description

This year, the Summer School will cover the following topics :

  • subject I (day 1) General introduction and institutional aspects
  • subject II (day 2) Mutual recognition and judicial cooperation between national authorities
  • subject III (day 3) Approximation of criminal laws
  • subject IV (day 4) Actors of the EU criminal area, particularly Europol, Eurojust, OLAF and the EPPO
  • subject V (day 5) Police cooperation, data protection and external dimension with a focus on the EU CT Policy

Special events during the Summer School

Every year a conference takes place during the Summer School, and focuses on a topical issue. This year's conference is specifically dedicated to the 'Relationship between EU Criminal Law and International Humanitarian Law'. Further information on the conference and application form will be published soon. Stay tuned!

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

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