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Conference on extradiction and surrender

Thursday 14 May 2020 - Friday 15 May 2020
Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden

Leiden University, Utrecht University and Maastricht University are organizing a two day conference on extradition and surrender, offering a venue for practitioners and young scholars to exchange experiences and ideas on these subject matters. We aim to:

  • Identify current trends and issues in both extradition law and the European arrest warrant mechanism (EAW);
  • Identify the further impact (or: side-effects, such as harmonising effects) of recent case-law on extradition and surrender on national criminal law and procedure:
  • Discuss potential approaches to occurring and recurring obstacles to extradition and surrender;
  • Discuss possible future initiatives in the areas of extradition and surrender;
  • Involve practitioners and early-career researchers and offer the latter a platform to discuss their ideas with senior experts.

The dual theme of the conference is scrutinized from three different angles, which build three streams, both at the plenary sessions and in the working groups.

The first stream focuses on trends and issues in extradition law. This includes the current legal frameworks in treaties and national legislation, including national case-law on the matter. This stream also offers an opportunity to discuss the impact of fundamental rights concerns on extradition and relevant ECtHR case law dealing with such concerns. As a second stream the conference takes a look at trends and issues in surrender law, covering the current legal framework of the European arrest warrant (EAW). Topics may include the impact of rule of law concerns on actual surrender and the position of competent authorities in that regard. This stream also offers the possibility to discuss side-effects (such as harmonizing effects) of the EAW Framework Decision and CJEU case-law on the matter. The third stream focuses on common issues on extradition and surrender. This includes issues occurring in both extradition and surrender, or issues that have an impact on both cooperation mechanisms (such as Petruhhin and beyond). Topics in this stream may also compare trends in extradition and surrender. 

The first day focuses on the three streams in a series of corresponding plenary sessions. Each plenary session includes two presentations, followed by audience discussion.

On the second day, participants are offered the opportunity to present their research in working groups, receiving feedback from senior experts and the audience.  With this call for abstracts we invite you to prepare a abstract and present it in one of the working groups, each related to one of the three streams. The conference committee expressly encourages early career researchers to present their research.

Plenary speakers

  • Vincent Glerum – Professor of International and European Criminal Law, University of Groningen; Legal Advisor to the Extradition Chamber of the District Court of Amsterdam
  • Miguel João Costa – Advisor to the Constitutional Court of Portugal; Guest Lecturer at the University of Coimbra
  • Tamás Matusik – Judge at the Central District Court of Budapest; Member of the National Judicial Council
  • André Klip - Professor of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and the Transnational Aspects of Criminal Law, Maastricht University
  • Michiel Lucthman – Professor of Transnational law enforcement and fundamental rights, Utrecht University
  • Jannemieke Ouwerkerk – Professor of European Criminal Law, Leiden University


Abstract proposals
We welcome proposals for abstracts falling within the scope of one of the three streams (see above).

Formal requirements:
Abstract proposals (maximum 500 words) need to be submitted online by 31 January 2020. Please upload your abstract here Please indicate under which of the three streams you would like to present and please include your contact details. Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the conference committee. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by 29 February 2020 at the latest.

Accepted abstracts will be placed in a panel of contributions within one of the three streams and will be chaired by a senior expert. A panel session consists of three presenters.The sessions will last approximately 90 minutes, so participants will be granted no more than 15 minutes to present their abstracts. The presentation is followed by comments by the senior expert and a general discussion.

Publication of the presentations in the European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice
The organizers of the conference offer the possibility to publish the presentations in the peer-reviewed European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. However, all submitted articles will have to meet the quality standards of the journal individually and will undergo peer-review. In case enough articles are accepted, these may be grouped together in a thematic Issue. The organizers will inform the speakers of the possibility for publication after the event.

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