The conference will bring together lawyers, criminologists, political scientists, and philosophers to jointly reflect on the development of the EU's criminal policy. Amongst the confirmed speakers are: Christian Kaunert (VUB), Valsamis Mitsilegas (Queen Mary University London), Michael Levi (Cardiff University), Dennis de Jong (Member of the European Parliament) and many other distinguished speakers.
European Union integration has had serious implications for the Member States. Even a Member State's previously unquestioned competence to define criminal offences and the applicable criminal sanctions is no longer a question outside the influence of EU law. The EU Treaties envisage broad competences for the EU to enact legislation in several areas of crime, such as human trafficking, organised crime, terrorism, EU-fraud, etc. It is presumed that EU-level criminal legislation is an effective method to prevent and tackle specific forms of crime. As ten years have elapsed since the adoption of the current legal framework, the time is ripe to evaluate the EU's initiatives in the field of EU criminal law and to discuss the challenges ahead.