Universität Wien FIND

030199 KU Course: "European Criminal Law" (2019S)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 3 - Rechtswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 29.04. 09:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum SEM41 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 4.OG
Monday 29.04. 15:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum SEM43 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 4.OG
Tuesday 30.04. 09:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum SEM31 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course begins with a short introduction to the evolution of the Unions institutional foundations and history. The Schengen System, the emergence of mutual recognition as an alternative to harmonization, the limitations inherent in EU counter-crime policies and the changes brought about by the Maastricht Treaty (Pillar System), the Amsterdam Treaty (Framework decisions) and the introduction of the Treaty of Lisbon (legal basis for a European Public Prosecutor’s Office).
Next the foundations of judicial cooperation in criminal matters will be outlined, with a comparative look at the traditional forms legal assistance. Thereby we take a closer look at the European Arrest Warrant and the European Investigation Order.
Lastly, the most relevant European Institutions in the field will be introduced: Europol, OLAF, Eurojust, the EJN and the future EPPO.

Assessment and permitted materials

Minimum Requirement

The course requires prior knowledge in European Law, Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Law.
Students need to pass the oral exam at least with the mark 4 and either present (7 minutes) or hand in a short paper (4 pages). Finally, students need to collect at least 2 points with active contribution to the course. Compulsory attendance of the course will be monitored with list of signature. Absence with excuse is possible twice.

Evaluation criteria

The Students will be assessed according to a points system. One can get a maximum of 110 points: 80 points maximum for the oral exam, 20 maximum for the presentation/paper and a further 10 points for the individual contribution at the course.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The Course presents the role of the EU in fighting crime within the area of freedom, security and justice. It will examine what EU criminal consist of, the reasons for its existence, the mechanisms by which is created as well as its practical manifestations.

Examination topics

Reading list

Association in the course directory

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