Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance

Making Criminal Law in the European Union

14Dec2016 13:00 - 14:30


Steven Cras, Council of the European Union, will present a practitioner's view on law making in the European Union in the field of criminal law. Open to the public, registration requested.


Attendance is free. Registration is requested,


After a short overview of the development of the legal framework in the field of European criminal law ('from Rome to Lisbon'), including results achieved under the Maastricht and Amsterdam Treaties, the talk will focus on practical aspects of decision making in the field of European criminal law under the Lisbon Treaty. In this context, the following aspects will i.a. be addressed: co-decision procedure, emergency break, opt-in and opt-out, and the voting rules. 

This presentation is part of the course 'EU Criminal Law'.

The speaker

Steven Cras studied law at the University of Utrecht from 1985-1991, including a five months stay at the University of Bologna (Italy) and a traineeship at the European Commission (DG competition, state aid). Subsequently, he studied European Law at the College of Europe (Bruges), whereafter he started working as a lawyer with the lawfirm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in Brussels and Amsterdam. From 1994-2000 Steven worked as a référendaire at the European Court of Justice (General Court), and from May 2001 he works in Brussels at the Council General Secretariat, where he deals with European Criminal Law since January 2007.  


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