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Introduction to EU Criminal Law

Free e-learning course


Foto: Introduction to EU Criminal Law.


Year: 2022


This three-hour e-learning course is a guide through the fundamental characteristics of EU criminal law.

What will become clear is that EU criminal law does not mirror national criminal law systems. There is no such thing as an EU criminal code or an EU criminal procedural code to turn to in cross-border cases. Instead, “EU criminal law” is a body of legal instruments and supporting EU-level actors influencing and facilitating the work of national criminal justice actors.

The course is divided into an introductory video, five modules and a quiz for self-evaluation. The modules delve into both the mechanism of approximation (of procedural and substantive criminal law) and the principles of mutual recognition (from the investigative stage to sentence execution to taking account of prior convictions during new criminal proceedings). The role and functioning of Europol, Eurojust and the European Public Prosecutor’s Office are clarified.

Key topics

  • Procedural criminal law, especially looking at the presumption of innocence and right to a lawyer
  • Substantive criminal law, especially looking at offences relating to trafficking in human beings  
  • Mutual recognition of sentences, especially looking at cross-border execution and criminal records
  • Police and judicial cooperation, including an introduction to the European Arrest Warrant and European Investigation Order
  • Vertical cooperation, especially looking at the roles of Europol, Eurojust and the EPPO.

Who should attend?

Everyone seeking an introduction to EU criminal law.


  • Procedural and substantive criminal law
  • Mutual recognition of sentences
  • Police and judicial cooperation
  • Vertical cooperation: Europol, Eurojust & EPPO


  • Three hours learning time
  • Interactive quizzes
  • Extensive background material


This course is free. To access it, please login to your MyERA account and click on "My E-learning". Then find the course in the course in the e-learning course section and click on "Enrol me".

Area of Law: Criminal Law

Language: English

Article-no.: 321EB04

Price: 0,00 EUR

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Cornelia Riehle
Deputy Head of Section - Criminal Law
phone: +49 (0)651 937 37 302
fax: +49 (0)651 937 37 773
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