23 Jun 2022
European Criminal Law

State of affairs, challenges and opportunities in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice


European Criminal law has developed steadily over the last decades, contributing to the ongoing development of a European criminal justice system. The Union has set itself the goal to offer its citizens an Area of Freedom Security and Justice in which a high level of security through measures to prevent and combat crime is ensured and fundamental rights are respected. This workshop sets out to explore the ongoing quest to create an effective European criminal justice system, which balances the different dimensions of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice through adhering to, and strengthening the rule of law and protecting fundamental rights of individuals. To do so, the framework of mutual trust and mutual recognition, which has been the motor of European integration in criminal matters for the past 15 years, as well as the Unions approach to tackling so-called Euro crimes, i.e. serious forms of crimes with a cross border dimension (such as terrorism and corruption) will be discussed.



13:45: Arrival and coffee

14:00 – 14:10: Introductory remarks and setting the scene (Johannes Keiler, Maastricht University)

Panel I – Mutual recognition and mutual trust in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice

Chair: Prof. Mariolina Eliantonio (Maastricht University)

14:10 – 14:30: Mutual trust and judicial independence in the EAW system (Matteo Bonelli and Mateus Carvalho, Maastricht University)

14:30 – 14:50: The application of Aranyosi and Căldăraru in practice, lessons from the Member States (Christina Peristeridou, Maastricht University)

14:50 – 15:15: Discussion

15:15 – 15:40: Break

Panel II – Eurocrimes and substantive European Criminal law

Chair: Prof. Göran Sluiter (Open University, University of Amsterdam)

15:40 – 16:00: The significance of Anti-Corruption for the EU Rule of Law (Franco Peirone, Maastricht University)

16:00 – 16:20: The EU’s fight against terrorism – Balancing Security and the rule of law (Johannes Keiler, Maastricht University)

16:20 – 16:45: Discussion

16:45 - 16:55: Conclusions and closing (Johannes Keiler, Maastricht University)

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