01 to 05 July 2019 Brussels, Belgium

ECLAN Summer School "The EU Area of Criminal Justice"

Published 5 years, 5 months ago


The ECLAN Summer School on “The EU Area of Criminal Justice” takes place every year in Brussels the first week of July. The Summer School aims 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.

Who should attend?

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.


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.

Further information on the programme and registration will be made available at the event website.