Sovereignty and criminal law of EU Member States

Posted by vm64 at Feb 11, 2011 09:00 AM |
A leading legal expert will deliver a free public lecture on Wednesday 16 February.

Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas will examine the effects of the Treaty of Lisbon on criminal law. Specifically he will look at the resistance by Member States to the ‘communautarisation’ of European criminal law and their concerns for sovereignty in the field.

Communautarisation or communitisation was a term coined in the late 1990s and broadly means the switching legal areas from 'third pillar' (decided by national governments based on EU guidelines) to 'first pillar' (actually decided by the EU). As the E!Sharp jargonbuster notes: "If this all seems very confusing, that's because it is."

Professor Mitsilegas has an impressive background. He is Professor of European Criminal Law at Queen Mary, University of London. He’s a regular consultant to parliaments, EU institutions, international organisations, non-governmental organisations, think tanks and academic networks aiming to shape EU law. He is also an expert adviser to the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE). 

The lecture takes place on Wednesday 16 February 2011 at 5.00pm in the Peter Williams Lecture Theatre*, Fielding Johnson Building South Wing. It is hosted by the Centre for European Law and Integration (CELI) research cluster and is the third in the Treaty of Lisbon Lecture Series.

To book your place, please contact Paul Wysocki on or 0116 252 3454.

*Please note that the lecture theatre was renamed recently but we haven't changed the signs yet so follow directions to the 'New Lecture Theatre'.

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