Professor John Vervaele tells you about the Master’s programme European Criminal Justice in a Global Context and the opportunities it offers: 

A comprehensive Master's Programme for enthusiastic and motivated students

Choosing Utrecht University and European Criminal Justice in a Global Context is one of the best choices I have ever made. I am grateful to Utrecht University for the opportunity to study here by awarding me an Utrecht Excellence Scholarship. I feel proud of being part of this reputational university, being taught by professors who have large experience and expertise in the field, and who are enthusiastic and supportive. This Master’s programme has provided me with a profound knowledge in the field of criminal justice and European law, in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, European Arrest Warrant, direct and indirect enforcement of EU law, EU agencies and interaction with national authorities, criminal and administrative law, and fundamental rights standards.

The teaching methodology is based on a combination of lectures and seminars, that stimulate legal research, critical thinking, and active participation. By taking part in the Moot Court ‘vested’ in the role of the judge of the Court of Justice and in negotiations as ‘a representative’ of the European Parliament, I could apply in practice the knowledge acquired. Living in a time in which technology is evolving rapidly, requires law students to ‘run after’ it. Blogging, recording a podcast, or preparing a knowledge clip have become important tools to explain legal concepts and to express professional opinions in a short and clear manner. Integrating them as part of the curriculum presents an added value to this Master’s programme.

Furthermore, the LLM’s Honours Programme is an extracurricular activity, that offers an interactive environment and a comprehensive knowledge on ethical approaches, law and literature, interviewing and negotiating skills. Finally, I have totally enjoyed my experience as an international student in the lovely city of Utrecht, by actively organising and participating in the activities of two student organisations, Erasmus Student Network and Urios Study Association for International and European Law.

Armanda Xhaferri (Albania), LLM European Criminal Justice in a Global Context

A great preparation for a career in a law enforcement agency

The LLM in European Criminal Justice in a Global Context will teach you subjects and law(s), that are most relevant for our everyday work at Eurojust. Eurojust is at the core of efficient judicial cooperation in the EU. It certainly is a great preparation for a career in a law enforcement agency in an international context, such as Eurojust, or in related national judiciary. European judicial cooperation is nowadays more and more an area of law where lawyers need to be equipped with excellent skills and knowledge.

Filippo Spiezia, National Member for Italy and Vice-President of Eurojust (2016-2020)

An excellent opportunity to explore the challenges surrounding criminal justice in Europe and beyond

Judge Sacha Prechal

In the past few decades, it has become clear that no area of national law can escape the influence of European Union law. This process began in national administrative law, before moving on to private law, and more recently to criminal law. Against this backdrop, EU criminal justice policy and legislation are increasingly prevalent, while the number of cases concerning criminal law appearing before the CJEU is steadily growing.

Do you want to understand this process and its impact on criminal law? Do you want to contribute to the development of this intriguing area of law? Then it is essential that you familiarise yourself with the relevant parts of EU law itself, and with the criminal justice systems of the Member States. The European Criminal Justice programme at Utrecht University offers, in my view, an excellent opportunity to prepare for current and future challenges surrounding criminal justice in Europe and beyond.

Sacha Prechal, Judge at the Court of justice of the European Union