School of Law and Social Justice hosts 11th ECLAN Conference on European Criminal Law

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The European Criminal Law Academic Network in collaboration with the School of Law and Social Justice hosted the 11th ECLAN Graduate Conference on European Criminal Law, at the University of Liverpool.

This annual event, which took place 30 November – 1 December, saw researchers from across Europe gather to present novel insights into European Criminal Law. This years’ seminar was dedicated specifically to ‘The Future of European Criminal Law’ and invited early career researchers to reflect on the development of EU criminal law over the last decade and discuss the challenges ahead.

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The conference is unique in its structure, cultivating a friendly environment where PhD candidates, post-docs, and early career researchers can gain experience in presenting their research, learn from each other, develop contacts, and establish communities with scholars in their field.

Experts in European criminal law and members of ECLAN then offered feedback and support on the research presented and facilitated insightful debate amongst attendees. Topics covered related to key developments in European criminal law; European criminal law from a theoretical, comparative, and cross-disciplinary perspectives; and European criminal law facing current challenges.

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Jacob Öberg, Professor of European Union Law, Örebro University, shared:
“It was an absolute pleasure to attend this conference. We were given the opportunity to listen to the brightest young minds of European Criminal Law with many thought-provoking presentations given a lot of food for thought for developing new research fields and agendas.”

Andreas Kanakakis, PhD Candidate from University of Luxembourg, said:
“I am honoured to have had the opportunity to share my research on the cross-border collection of evidence in criminal proceedings and mutual trust challenges at the ECLAN Network Conference 2023. I want to wish special thanks to the School of Law and Social Justice for hosting this enriching event and for fostering a platform that enables meaningful discussions and knowledge exchange.”

Vittorio Cama, PhD Candidate from University of Trento, said:
“I am grateful to the European Criminal Law Academic Network and the School of Law and Social Justice for selecting me from over 60 applications, and giving me this extraordinary opportunity to grow and present my ideas on such an important topic. Above all, thank you for the opportunity to do so in an extraordinary setting like Liverpool, and in front of an audience of fantastic colleagues, the real ‘Future of European Criminal Law’ and Professors who have been leading voices on European criminal law for years. I will carry what I learned in this intense experience with me for a long time.”

Many thanks to Professor Anne Weyembergh (University of Brussels), Professor Katalin Ligeti (University of Luxembourg), Professor Pedro Caeiro (University of Coimbra), Professor Bernd Jörg Monar (College of Europe), Professor Robert Kert (Institute for Austrian and European Economic Criminal Law), Professor Jannemieke Ouwerkerk (Leiden University), Professor Nina Persak (University of Ljublijana), Dr Leandro Mancano (University of Edinburgh), Dr Irene Wieczorek (Durham University), Jacob Öberg (Örebro University), and Dr Niovi Vovoula (Queen Mary University of London) for offering their practiced insights to the next generation of European criminal law experts.


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