Description of the activity
The seminar will gather eight national groups composed of five judges and prosecutors each, representing their Member State.
It is composed of plenary sessions conducted by experts and serving as a forum for discussions as well as national breakout sessions and international group workshops, all dealing with cross-border-investigation and the European Investigation Order (EIO) in particular. In a very interactive way, the seminar will give participants the opportunity to gather in-depth knowledge on the Directive on the EIO and to reflect on its legal and practical implications in cross-border investigations.
The seminar will first give an overview on the current legal landscape of EU cross border evidence and different regimes for the obtaining of evidence, based upon Mutual Legal Assistance and the Principle of Mutual Recognition. Particular attention will be paid to the changes, perspectives and challenges occurring with the Directive on the EIO and its implementation at national level.
Participants will be introduced into the practical aspects of the Directive on the EIO, including the drafting of an EIO, the interaction with major players in cross-border investigations such as EJN or Eurojust, as well as most current case law. They will have the opportunity to raise questions and to discuss how to solve problems in cross-border investigations in their capacities as judicial authorities issuing / executing EIOs. Different case scenarios will be dealt with in national breakout sessions and international group workshops directed by experts. A final plenary session will highlight differences and common approaches in gathering, obtaining and using evidence in view of its admissibility abroad.
The exchange of best practices and experiences on how differences in national systems can affect EU cross-border investigations will be at the core of the seminar.
Identification of training needs
The need to learn how to best face situations where the use of evidence obtained in one Member State should be secured in view of its admissibility in another Member State by use of EU instruments.
The day-and-a-half training aims at enhancing effective cooperation and mutual trust among the European judiciary. Participants shall better understand the perspectives and advantages, but also the challenges appearing with the Directive on the EIO. They shall be made aware of practical issues in their capacities as authorities issuing / executing EIOs.
Judges and prosecutors from Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Lithuania, Romania and Spain, preferably with some knowledge / experience gathered in cross-border criminal cases.
Expected learning outcomes
Participants will be made aware of the current legal landscape of EU cross border evidence and different regimes for the obtaining of evidence based upon Mutual Legal Assistance and the Principle of Mutual Recognition. In particular, they will gather knowledge on the Directive on the EIO and shall reflect on its legal and practical implications in cross-border investigations.
Methodology and format
The seminars applies an interactive “learning-by-doing-approach”: It consist of plenary sessions conducted by experts and serving as discussion platforms, national breakout sessions, international group workshops as well as de-briefings in the plenary.
All applications must be submitted through the candidates' national EJTN member institution.
Upon invitation by EJTN, participants register via EJTN online platform to which they receive access.
After the event, reimbursement is processed via EJTN online platform.
Terms and conditions of participation
Frequently Asked Questions
Number of places:
40 (5 per country)
Judges and prosecutors from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Croatia, France, Lithuania, Romania and Spain.
Deadline for applications:
14 January 2019