The 17th edition of the Summer School “The EU Area of Criminal Justice” will take place in Brussels from 28 June – 2 July  2021.

* Due to the current health situation related to the Covid-19, the 17th edition of the Summer school will be held entirely online.*

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 every day with the European area of criminal justice.

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).

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

subject I (day 1) General introduction and institutional aspects
subject II (day 2) Approximation of criminal laws
subject III (day 3) Mutual recognition and judicial cooperation between national authorities
subject IV (day 4) Actors of the EU criminal area, particularly Europol, Eurojust, EJN, OLAF and the EPPO.
subject V (day 5) Police cooperation and data protection.
A provisional version of the programme is available here:  Summer school 2021 – Programme (June 2021)

Special events during the Summer School

A conference takes place during the Summer School, and focuses on a topical issue. This year, the conference will deal with the EU’s external relations in the field of criminal law, with a particular focus on the EU’s cooperation with the United-Kingdom.

The Summer School is organised by the Institute for European Studies of the Université libre de Bruxelles (IEE-ULB) in collaboration with the European Criminal Law Academic Network (ECLAN).