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Conference on extradition and surrender

Thursday 24 June 2021 - Friday 25 June 2021
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

More information about this conference (including information about abstract proposals and signing up)

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