EU Criminal Law and Procedure - LAWS9240

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This module is not currently running in 2023 to 2024.


This module offers a critical study of the origins, principles, concepts and practices of European Union criminal law and procedure from historical, constitutional, legal, political and social perspectives. It also addresses how national criminal law and procedure (especially that in the United Kingdom) are being shaped by developments at EU level, and explores the emergence of a distinct EU criminal process.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 20
Private study hours: 180
Total study hours: 200


All law postgraduate programmes. Available to postgraduate students from other schools at the convenors discretion.

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Essay, no more than 5000 words (100%)

Reassessment methods

Reassessment Instrument: 100% coursework

Indicative reading

E. Herlin-Karnell The Constitutional Dimension of European Criminal Law (Oxford: Hart, 2012)
A. Klip European Criminal Law: an Integrative Approach (Cambridge: Intersentia, 2012)
S. Miettinen Criminal Law and Policy in the European Union (London: Routledge, 2013).
V. Mitsilegas EU Criminal Law (Oxford: Hart, 2009).

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Critique the origins, development and future of EU criminal law and procedure
2. Critically probe the forces driving and shaping the law-making, policy-making and implementation processes in EU criminal law and
3. Critique the law and practice on cross-border police, prosecution and judicial cooperation from constitutional and human rights
4. Critically assess the role of select EU criminal law and procedure measures in shaping national and international responses to global crime
5. Appreciate and critique the emergence of a distinct EU criminal process
6. Critically debate the legal, constitutional, political and cultural tensions between domestic criminal processes and EU influences and how
they are mediated
7. Conduct independent critical research on EU criminal law and procedure issues, and present incisive perspectives on them.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Research, interpret and apply complex material from across several disciplines, such as: law, criminal justice, politics, international
relations, history and philosophy
2. Research, interpret and apply primary and secondary legal materials from national, European and international sources
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the specificity of textual analysis
4. Demonstrate skills in making well-constructed argument
5. Demonstrate skills in the presentation of complex ideas and materials
6. Demonstrate critical and self-reflexive modes of thought and analysis
7. Demonstrate awareness of and capacity to debate the major social, political and legal issues of the day in national, European and
international affairs
8. Demonstrate the capacity for independent learning
9. Demonstrate the ability to formulate viable research questions
10. Demonstrate the capacity to undertake independent research on a specific topic
11. Present research findings within a critical theoretical framework


Stage 1


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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