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International ECLAN PhD Seminar first time held at the Faculty of Law

AUTHOR: Ugnė Markevičiūtė, Ieva Marija Ragaišytė

Vilnius University Faculty of Law together with The European Criminal Law Academic Network (hereinafter, ECLAN) is proud to announce that the 9th ECLAN PhD Seminar on European Criminal Justice “The significance of EU criminal law in the 21st century: the need for further harmonisation or new criminal policy?“ was held in Vilnius (virtually) on 28-29 January 2021. This was the first time ECLAN seminar was organised in Lithuania with joint effort of ECLAN and the members of Criminal Department of the Faculty of Law.

The panels of virtual event were moderated by acknowledged criminal law professors and ECLAN committee members (Prof. dr. Anne Weyembergh (L’Institut d’études européennes de l’Université libre de Bruxelles), Prof. dr. Katalin Ligeti (Université du Luxembourg), Prof. dr. Sabine Gless (Universität Basel), Prof. dr. Pedro Caeiro (Universidade de Coimbra) Prof. dr. Robert Kert (Universität Wien), Prof. Valsamis Mitsilegas (Queen Mary University of London), prof. habil. dr. Gintaras Švedas (Vilniaus universitetas). Meanwhile presentations were given by the PhD Students conducting their research in various criminal law fields from Lithuania, the United Kingdom, Italy, Greece, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, Ukraine, Slovenia and Latvia. Participants of the Seminar had a unique opportunity to attend guest lecture given by Prof. Valsamis Mitsilegas (Queen Mary University of London) on the topic: “Brexit and legal cooperation with the UK”.

ECLAN Seminar provides with invaluable opportunity for future researchers not only to share their research but also to receive feedback from recognised legal minds. This year Vilnius University Faculty of Law was represented by six PhD Students / Candidates from the Department of Criminal Law (Ieva Marija Ragaišytė, Martynas Dobrovolskis, Laura Mickevičiūtė, Laura Martinaitytė, Justinas Bagdžius bei Ugnė Markevičiūtė), who gave presentations on topics of the environmental crime, tax evasion and fraud, corruption offences, civil asset confiscation law, bail as social phenomena and judicial cooperation among the Member States of the EU with regard to transfer of prisoners for further execution of a custodial sentence.

Although, this year the Seminar was held virtually, it can be stated that it was successful and plenty of ideas were shared and discussed. Moreover, this year the Seminar will be finalised with the publication of the collection of the short papers of the participants.

Programme of the seminar