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The Case Law of the CJEU for Criminal Law Practitioners: 10 Key Questions

Specialised e-learning course


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Year: 2013


This e-learning course answers 10 key questions on the general principles of EU law as applied by the CJEU to criminal justice and its interpretation of concepts of substantive and procedural criminal law.

A growing body of case law has been developed by the European Court of Justice on the legal instruments dealing with judicial cooperation in criminal matters (most notably the European Arrest Warrant and the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement). There is also a broader body of case law that could have an impact in national criminal proceedings in terms of how general principles of EU law (e.g. on free movement, asylum) are applied to criminal justice and how different fundamental principles of EU law are balanced (esp. mutual recognition and fundamental rights).

This e-learning course analyses the interpretation of substantive and procedural criminal law concepts. It is a tool designed to facilitate the use by criminal justice practitioners of the broader CJEU case law in criminal cases in which EU law might come into play. The content is structured in 10 key questions, complemented by a brief reminder of the EU legislative competence and the role of the CJEU in criminal matters. It also features a video presentation by Judge Lars Bay Larsen of the CJEU.

Key questions

  • What are the general principles of EU law that the CJEU has applied in the field of criminal justice?
  • How does the Court balance mutual recognition and fundamental rights in the area of criminal justice?
  • How is the multi-layered protection of fundamental rights (at national, EU and CoE level) balanced in the Court's law in the area of criminal justice?
  • What is the specific scope of direct effect of EU directives in national crime proceedings?
  • What is the scope of the principle of interpretation in conformity with EU law?
  • Which areas of substantive criminal law have been addressed by the Court?
  • What provisions of procedural criminal law have been interpreted by the Court?
  • What is the contribution of the Court to the ne bis in idem principle in EU judicial cooperation in criminal matters?
  • Is the accumulation of administrative and criminal sanctions for the same acts allowed under EU law?
  • What is the contribution of the Court to the mutual recognition principle (case law on the European Arrest Warrant)?


  • Anne Weyembergh, Professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
  • Chloé Brière, Research Assistant at the ULB
  • Corina Badea, Course Director at ERA
Last updated on 05 December 2013


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Area of Law: Criminal Law

Language: English

Article-no.: 313ED153

Price: 280,00 EUR

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