Influence of European Law on National Criminal Law

Start Date: Monday, May 14, 2012
End Date: Saturday, May 19, 2012
Category: Criminal Law European Criminal Law
Venue: Trier
Country: Germany
Leading organisation: Deutsche Richterakademie
Cooperative Partner:
Language(s): German
Training level:
Target audience:
Participants(EJTN): 10
Contact: Wiebke Dettmers
Contact e-mail:
Contact phone: +49 30 18580 6971

Course Description

The conference is targeted at criminal court judges and public prosecutors.
Most civil and administrative court judges regularly apply legislation derived from European Directives and are aware of the increasing influence of European Community law on national substantive law; however, many criminal court judges and public prosecutors have not yet become sufficiently aware of how national substantive criminal law has been shaped by EU legislation as well. Referrals by German criminal court judges to the Court of Justice of the European Communities with regard to the interpretation of criminal offences shaped by European law have thus far been rare exceptions. In many cases, those applying criminal law are not yet sufficiently aware of the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights with respect to interpretation of national provisions, not only of a procedural nature. One purpose of the seminar is to raise participants’ awareness of this issue.


In particular the following topics will be treated:

  • The indirect and direct influence of European law provisions on German substantive criminal law
  • Examples of economic and environmental offences shaped by European law
  • Basic principles of the preliminary rulings procedure
  • The influence which the European Court of Human Rights exerts on the interpretation of German substantive criminal law.