The Exercise of Defence Rights in International Investigations within the European Union

The Exercise of Defence Rights in International Investigations within the European Union

Originally born as an area of economic interest, nowadays the European Union is walking down the path of a progressive harmonisation of legislation, even in the Criminal Law field.  The journey is not without difficulties, yet we are witnessing the creation of a body of European Criminal Law in the respect of the sovereignty of the Member States and of the principle of subsidiarity.  Essentially, even though the Union cannot adopt a general EU criminal code or criminal procedural code, EU criminal legislation can support existing national criminal law systems and facilitate their evolution in a common continental direction despite the co-existence of civil law and common law legal systems.

The Course is designed for national lawyers, in-house counsel, and international legal practitioners appointed to defend clients in criminal cases that may be covered by legislation created or inspired by the European Union.  It will analyse the roles and responsibilities of the international and national regulatory, enforcement, and supervisory bodies in this field.  The Course will also focus on defence techniques in international legal cooperation in European Criminal Law matters, mutual recognition of judicial decisions, instruments like the European Investigation Order, the European Arrest Warrant, and the role of Eurojust and Europol.

The Course will tackle the following main topics:

  • The European Criminal Law Framework
  • The Sources of European Criminal Law
  • Main Actors in European Criminal Law
  • Defence Rights and the Harmonisation of National Criminal Laws
  • Procedural Elements and Instruments of European Criminal Law
  • Defence Rights and the European Investigation Order
  • Defence Rights and the European Arrest Warrant
  • Defence Rights and the Execution of Decisions and Sentences
  • Eurojust, Europol, and the European Public Prosecutor Office
  • Future Developments of European Criminal Law

Language of the course
The Course will be presented in English and so a high level of proficiency in English is required.


Registration Fee

  • Early Bird Registration Fee: 700 euros up until 2 months before the Course begins
  • Standard Registration Fee: 900 euros in the last 2 months prior to the Course

Application procedure and deadline:

  • Registration must be done online.
  • Registration will be limited to 100 positions.
  • Acceptance into the course will be on a “first come, first served” basis.
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