The European Arrest Warrant – An essential Update for Practitioners

Project number: 2151501

- Online Course -

Date & pricing

21/09/2021 - 21/09/2021
Register before: 12/09/2021

€ 700,00 per attendee

€ 630,00 for EIPA members*

The European Arrest Warrant – An essential Update for Practitioners

From:  630,00

The course maps out the distinct challenges the application of the European Arrest Warrant is confronted with today, focusing on procedural safeguards, detention conditions and judicial independence, complemented with an e-learning module on the key concepts of the EAW.

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About this online course

The European Arrest Warrant (EAW) is the seminal instrument in the field of EU judicial cooperation in criminal matters. It is widely used and has proved to be an efficient tool in accelerating the execution of warrants and surrender procedures in cross-border criminal cases within the EU. At the same time, the EAW still poses a number of issues – mostly related to fundamental rights protection – that Member States find difficult to accommodate in their respective legal systems and especially in respect of their obligation to respect fundamental rights. It is in this context that the seminar is offering to map out the operational success of the EAW and discuss the fundamental rights concerns, in particular to detention conditions and fair trial rights, pertinent to the application of the EAW.

To objective of the seminar is to make legal practitioners aware of the current challenges that not only affect the daily administration of surrender procedures, but erode the basic premise of cooperation based on mutual trust and mutual recognition. Participants will understand

  • what steps to make if concerns over detention conditions arise in the course of administering an EAW;
  • how to deal with an issuing authority if its judicial nature is in doubt or its independence is questionable;
  • how to accommodate EAWs with a view to requests from third countries, and parallel and previous procedures.

The seminar is especially interesting for legal practitioners working in the field of criminal law and dealing with cross-border criminal cases, but is of relevance to all having a particular interest in the EU Area of Freedom Security and Justice based on the principles of mutual recognition and mutual trust.

The seminar is based on short presentations complemented with practice-oriented discussions led by experts who have and in-depth understanding of the EAW. Departing from the very rich case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union, the seminar will focus on practical issues arising in the daily administration of the EAW.

Participants will have a nuanced understanding of the practical application of the EAW, fundamental rights issues directly affecting the execution of an EAW, and the recent case law of the CJEU related to the EAW. By attending the seminar, participants will have a clear understanding of the complex environment that surrounds the application of the EAW today.

Course methodology/highlights

The seminar is composed of two parts. The advanced level, expert panel-based discussion aims to tackle the needs and interests of legal practitioners having a general understanding of the European surrender mechanism on a small scale, in an interactive and practice-based manner. The seminar is planned to be implemented in a face-to-face format, the pandemic situation permitting. The other component of the seminar is an e-learning module designed for those who wish to first familiarise themselves with the key concepts and regulatory aspects of the European Arrest Warrant prior to the face-to-face activity. The e-learning module will be opened for access one week prior to the face-to-face activity.

Pre-course support

Participants will be given access to the EIPA learning management system and benefit from the learning paths to acquaint themselves with the key concepts relevant to the European Arrest Warrant. In this way, participants will benefit from guided learning before the seminar, which will complement the face-to-face presentations and discussions offered throughout the seminar. Our experts will stay in touch with the participants through the course online forum, after the course.

How will it help you?

The course provides first-hand information about the practical application of the EAW, gives a detailed picture of the fundamental rights issues that surround the issuing and execution of the EAWs, and provides an overview of the growing case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union related to the EAW.

The course will materially contribute to the understanding of how the EAW operates, and raise awareness about the fundamental rights issues closely related to this instrument.

The course aims to familiarise legal practitioners with the critical issues that affect the administration of the European Arrest Warrant today, stemming from detention conditions to judicial independence.

Participants will acquire a distinguished understanding of

  • why detention conditions are decisive to the sound execution of an EAW;
  • what is the room for manoeuvre to refuse the execution of an EAW in case of systemic deficiencies in the issuing EU MS;
  • how the intra-EU EAW system affects extradition requests from non-EU states.

Who this course is for?

Legal practitioners working in the field of criminal law as members of the national judiciary, prosecutorial services, law enforcement and customs officials, and defence lawyers.

Petra Jeney

Petra Jeney

Freedom Security and Justice

Practical information

Online Course
For this online course we make use of Zoom

Programme Organiser
Ms Stéphanie Gemnig Comodi
Tel: +352 426 230 301

EIPA member fee
EIPA offers a discount to all civil servants working for one of EIPA’s supporting countries, and civil servants working for an EU institution, body or agency.

Who are the supporting countries?
Civil servants coming from the following EIPA supporting countries are entitled to get the reduced fee: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden.

For all other participants, the regular fee applies.

Early bird discount
Book up until 21 July 2021 to get a 20% early bird discount

Please note that the early bird discount will be applied at a later stage, when you receive the final invoice. The early bird discount is not cumulative with other discounts or promo codes, except for the EIPA member fee.

Confirmation of registration will be forwarded to participants on receipt of the completed online registration form.

Prior payment is a condition for participation.

Cancellation policy
For administrative reasons you will be charged € 50 for cancellations received within 7 days before the activity begins. There is no charge for qualified substitute participants.

EIPA reserves the right to cancel the activity up to 1 week before the starting date. In that case, registration fees received will be fully reimbursed.

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The programme

08.30 Registration of participants
09.00 Welcome and mutual introduction
09.15 Procedural guarantees in criminal proceedings and the EAW
National and European responses to enhance the procedural rights context of the EAWShort presentation followed by a panel discussion
10.15 Coffee break
10.30 Intersections of fundamental rights and the EAW, with special reference to detention conditions
Discussion of national judicial practices after the C-404/15 and C-659/15 PPU Aranyosi and Caldaruru, C-220/18 PPU ML and C-128/18 Dorobantu cases; prison conditions in the issuing MS affecting the EAW surrender procedure
Short presentation followed by a panel discussion
11.30 Coffee break
11.45 Intersections of fundamental rights and the EAW, with special reference to a fair trial
Discussion of national judicial practices after the C-216/18 PPU LM, and C-354/20 PPU and C-412/20 PPU L and P cases; independence of the issuing judicial authority affecting the EAW surrender procedure
Short presentation followed by a panel discussion
13.00 Lunch
14.00 In absentia trials and the EAW
Discussion of recent CJEU case law (C-270/17 Tupikas, C-271/17 Zdziaszek and C- 571/17 Ardic)
Short presentation followed by a panel discussion
15.00 Coffee break
15.15 Extradition requests from third countries and the EAW
Discussion of the consequences of the C-182/15 Petruhhin judgement
Short presentation followed by a panel discussion
16.15 Wrapping up
17.00 Evaluation / end of the seminar