EU Criminal Law For Defence Counsel


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EU Criminal Law For Defence Counsel
Focus on the European Arrest Warrant


The project

This EU-wide project will train defence lawyers on European criminal justice instruments and cooperation. Special focus will be given to the practical defence in cases of European Arrest Warrants as well as the new measures taken under the EU roadmap for procedural rights.

The concept

The project will consist of four seminars conducted throughout the EU in the year 2015. Each seminar will be targeted at different groups of selected Member States (approx. 40 participants from 4-5 Member States per seminar). The training will last 1 ½ days from midday on Friday to late afternoon on Saturday.


Each seminar will consist of an introduction to the role of the defence counsel in judicial cooperation in criminal matters in the EU, lectures on the measures taken under the EU roadmap for procedural rights as well as relevant case-law of the CJEU and ECHR.

At the heart of the training will be questions arising from the perspective of the defence with regard to cross-border cases involving investigative measures where EU instruments are already in force, especially the European Arrest Warrant. In order to guarantee valuable practical training on these issues, the topics will be dealt with in 'national' workshops. In the 'national' workshops, a national expert will conduct cross-border case studies based on the individual national systems. In this way, participants will benefit from training that is tailor-made for the questions and problems arising in their daily practice when dealing with cross-border cases.

Networking opportunities

This project will support such networking in two ways: first, defence lawyers from different EU Member States will be given the opportunity to make personal contacts and to exchange best practice and experience in the course of the training; second, part of the training will be dedicated to informing participants about the most effective ways to get in contact with their colleagues from other EU Member States.

Organiser and Partners

The project is organised by the Academy of European Law (ERA).
The project is supported by the European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA), the Athens Bar Association, the Barcelona Bar Association, the Budapest Bar Association and the Latvian Bar Association.






  • Cornelia Riehle Deputy Head of Section European Criminal Law phone: +49 (0)651 937 37 302 fax: +49 (0)651 937 37 919

    Foto: Cornelia Riehle