Introduction to the special issue on European law and the most recent developments
by Prof. Dr. Ulrich Sieber and Dr. Els De Busser
GUEST EDITORS of "the art of crime" issue 4
Dear Readers,
We are honored to be guest editors of this special edition of “The Art of Crime” dedicated to European criminal law and the most recent developments in this area, including both the Council of Europe and the EU. Currently, the EU is experiencing challenging times in which its strength as a union as well as its flexibility to adapt to new situations is being tested. ...
Minors as Victims in the Age of Information and Communication Technologies:
The Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse and its Implementation in Greece
by Emmanouil Billis, LL.M.
Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg, Attorney at law, and PhD candidate at the University of Freiburg, Germany (Research grant from Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation)

Panagiotis Gkaniatsos, LL.M.
Attorney at law, and PhD candidate at the University of Göttingen, Germany
Children belong, mainly due to their mental immaturity and physical vulnerability, to the group of people more likely to become victims of criminal abuse acts. The inability of minors to efficiently defend themselves against or stay safe from threats as well as the massive (bodily or psychological) harm risks resulting from criminal behaviour demand in today’s globalized society the establishment of an effective legal net of national and international measures concerning especially the protection against such damaging conduct as sexual exploitation and sexual abuse...
Transatlantic cooperation in criminal matters

Transatlantic Adequacy and a Certain Degree of Perplexity

by Dr. Els De Busser
Head of Section European Criminal Law
Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law
The very least that one can say or write about the cooperation in criminal matters between the EU and the US is that it has intensified since 2001. The EU and its bodies that deal with criminal matters – Eurojust and Europol – have concluded agreements with US authorities. However, the data protection provisions in several of these agreements have raised eyebrows. The exchange of personal data is a crucial tool in judicial and law enforcement cooperation in criminal matters. 
Transatlantic Counter-Terrorism Cooperation After Lisbon
by Prof. Dr. Valsamis Mitsilegas
Professor of European Criminal Law
School of Law
Queen Mary, University of London
EU-US counter-terrorism cooperation has been an area of EU external relations with substantial growth in the recent past. Concluded primarily under the third pillar, these agreements have been subject to considerable criticism in Europe, both in terms of democracy and legitimacy and in terms of substance and the compatibility of their content with fundamental rights. These issues are now due to be reviewed following the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, which brings about a number of significant constitutional changes to the way the Union operates both internally and externally. This article is a contribution to the current discussion on the direction and content of future transatlantic counter-terrorism cooperation arrangements in the light of the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty.

EU Criminal Law
The Lisbon Treaty: A Critical Analysis of its Impact on EU Criminal Law

by Dr. Ester Herlin-Karnell, LL.M.
Assistant Professor in European Law,
Department of Transnational Legal Studies
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
The Lisbon Treaty has opened up a new chapter in the history of European criminal law. The purpose of this analysis is to guide the reader through the main changes in this area, as introduced by the Lisbon Treaty. Therefore, the present analysis is a follow-up to previous work by the author before entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty  − thereby seeking to provide an account of the status of EU criminal law post-Lisbon Treaty... 
Different Implementations of Mutual Recognition Framework Decisions
by Dr. Annika Suominen
Researcher, European Criminal Law
Faculty of law, University of Bergen, Norway
This article focuses on the different implementation solutions of mutual recognition framework decisions, based on a study of the first four framework decisions and their implementation in the Nordic Member States.  The Lisbon Treaty changed the environment of EU criminal law and explicitly mentions mutual recognition in Art. 82(1) TFEU. This article also briefly analyses the change towards using either directives or regulations as mutual recognition instruments.


Constanteion - Centre of Criminology & Psychology Researches

Federation of Prison Officers

Professor Nestor Courakis

Ministry of Citizen Protection

I feel safe

Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights

Hellenic Supreme Court of Civil and Penal Law


Professor Giannis Panousis

Centre for Psychoanalytic Research

Sector of Criminal Sciences - Faculty of Law - National & Kapodistrian University of Athens

Association of greek criminologists - Panteion University

Centre of Social Research - Technological Education Institute of Messolonghi

Sector of Criminology - Panteion University

Sector of Penal and Criminological Sciences - Faculty of Law - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

European Court of Human Rights - Search Portal

Hellenic League for Human Rights

Marangkopoulos Foundation for Human Rights

Faculty of Law - National & Kapodistrian University of Athens

Centre for Penal and Criminological Research

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