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European Criminal Law and Policy

The aim of the module – to deepen the knowledge about the EU impact on the national criminal law of the EU Member States which is still deemed by many students and professionals to be a national field of law. The course combines the study of more general issues of EU Criminal Law such as sources, institutions and etc., combined with specific issues such as EU financial interests, corporate crime and liability, money laundering and terrorism. Students and lawyers learn to analyse relevant facts and policies in the EU criminal law, to interpret and apply sources of European criminal law and argue cases; to identify European criminal law issues in concrete, real-life situations.

Way of learning

Students and lawyers learn:

  • to analyse relevant facts and policies in the EU criminal law,
  • to interpret and apply sources of European criminal law and argue cases,
  • to identify European criminal law issues in concrete, real- life situations,
  • to understand and access the influence of national and European policy choices and consequences on the practice of criminal law and procedure,
  • develop analytical skills and critical approach and cultivate a comparative perspective on the Europeanization process.

Main topics:

  • Evolution of the EU Criminal Law.
  • The EU Competence in Criminal Law.
  • Sources of the EU Criminal Law.
  • General Principles of the EU Criminal Law.
  • Principle of Mutual Recognition in Criminal Matters.
  • Human Rights and the EU Criminal Law.
  • Relation of Criminal Law with other Fields of Law. Criminal Justice Agencies in an Area of Freedom, Security and Justice.
  • Trafficking in Human Beings, Sexual Exploitation. Trafficking in Drugs.
  • Crimes against Financial Interests of the EU and Corruption. Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorist.
  • Corporate Criminal Law and Compliance in EU.
  • Cybercrime and EU Policy.
  • Environmental Crimes.


  • 10 weeks


  • Anglų


  • 106,68 academic hours (4 ECTS)

Target group

  • The fourth and the fifth year students of Integrated law study program, students of master degree in Law program and legal practitioners (higher level police officers, prosecutors and lawyers at national level)

Prerequisites for entering the course

  • EU Institutional law

Saulė Milčiuvienė

Professor at the Law faculty of Vytautas Magnus University

She is giving lectures on the European Union law (institutional and substantive law) for more than 10 years at the Law faculty. She is accredited to supervise doctoral thesis, has three doctoral students at the moment. Doctoral students are preparing dissertations on issues, which are related to the EU substantive law - free movement of capital and free movement of services.

Edita Gruodytė

Professor at the Vytautas Magnus University and vice- dean for research

She is recognized expert of criminal law (both at national and EU level). As a recognized EU criminal law expert, she assesses whether the Republic of Lithuania is properly implementing EU legislation in the field of criminal law, as well as supervises doctoral students who are preparing dissertations in the field of EU criminal law.

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