The overarching topic of the conference is scrutinized from three different angles, which build three streams, both at the plenary sessions and in the working groups.
The first stream focuses on EU competences in the area of procedural rights in criminal proceedings. This includes an overview of the scope of the EU mandate, the current legal framework and the challenges for the EU legislator. Further, it includes the justification of the harmonization measures (transnational objectives vs. national impact) and the desirability for further harmonization. The related plenary session and working group will also assess the relationship between the directives on procedural rights for suspects and accused persons, national constitutions, CFR and the ECHR. 2
As a second stream the conference takes a look at the impact of the EU legal framework within the national context. Topics include the implementation of the Roadmap directives in the national legal orders, their relationship with the victims' rights directive, the discrepancies between the goals of the directives and their national application, as well as the possibilities for the defence to enforce the rights granted to them, possibly with the help of EU institutions. This stream also offers the possibility to discuss the decline of the rule of law in some Member States and the role of the EU in that regard.
The third stream focuses on procedural rights in the cross‐border context. This includes both horizontal (EAW, EIO, et cetera) and vertical cooperation (EPPO, OLAF, Eurojust, ECB, et cetera) and the related issues concerning procedural rights, the position of the defence, questions of mutual trust and mutual recognition in practice, the admissibility and exclusion of ‘foreign’ evidence, judicial control, et cetera. The decline of the rule of law in some member states – in light of its effects on transnational cooperation – could be addressed in this section as well. As regards the vertical cooperation within the future EPPO, questions about the danger of unequal treatment of defendants due to diverging national guarantees are at the fore of the debate.
The first day focuses on the three streams in a series of corresponding plenary sessions. Each plenary session includes two presentations, followed by audience discussion. On the second day, participants are offered the opportunity to present their research in working groups, receiving feedback from senior experts and the audience. With this call for papers we invite you to prepare a paper and present it in one of the working groups, each related to one of the three streams. The conference committee expressly encourages early career researchers to present their research.