Brussel, Belgium

The EU Area of Criminal Justice

when 4 July 2016 - 8 July 2016
language English
duration 1 week
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 400

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.

Course leader

The Summer School is organised by the Institute for European Studies of the Free University of Brussels (IEE-ULB) in collaboration with the European Criminal Law Academic Network (ECLAN).

Target group

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.

Course aim

subject I (day 1): general introduction (historical evolution, institutional issues – Schengen included, judicial control – EU accession to ECHR included);
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 law, trafficking and smuggling, and procedural criminal law, with a particular focus on recent procedural rights instruments;
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 will end with a negotiation exercise.

Credits info

3 EC
Certificate: participants who attend the whole programme will receive a certificate of attendance. 3 ECTS will be granted to those students who take and pass the final exam, which is optional and will be organised on Saturday 9th July. Moreover, the French Brussels Bar will grant 37 points to lawyers who follow the entire programme

Fee info

EUR 400: Tuition fees:
- €400 for students/researchers;
- €600 for the others.

As soon as you receive the formal letter of acceptation, you will be sent the bank references for carrying the bank transfer out.
EUR 600: Early birds:

People paying by 31st March 2016 will get a €100 discount!

Students and researchers will pay €300 instead of €400, while the others will pay €500 instead of €600.


ECLAN offers few scholarships covering the Summer school tuition fees. Interested participants should apply before 24 May 2016. In order to apply, please send your CV together with a motivation letter to