Founded in 2002, the Research Center for European Criminal Law (Centro Studi di Diritto Penale Europeo) was jointly established by the School of Law at the University of Insubria, the “Camera Penale of Como and Lecco” and the Union of European Lawyers (UAE). This Center is the first institution in Northern Italy specifically devoted to the study of European Criminal Law.
The Center aims to facilitate the study and research of criminal law and criminal procedures within the framework of European Union. This objective is carried out by gathering and cataloguing legal materials, organizing seminars and international symposiums and inviting experts from all over the world to discuss current controversial topics. The Center also oversees the publication of editions of a special European Judicial Science Series and the answers to “Green Books” about European Criminal Law.
The Center also operates a website: www.dirittopenaleeuropeo.it. The website is the source of constantly updated information regarding the evolution of the process of European integration. National legal experts and legislators rely on the website to assist and improve upon developments in European Criminal Law. You can subscribe to receive a monthly newsletter.
Before the Center, past symposiums on European Criminal Law were organized by the School of Law at the University of Insubria, the “Camera Penale” of Como and Lecco and the Union of European Lawyers (UAE):
The Defence’rights and the European Public Prosecutor (2001)were published in 2002 (see A. Lanzi, F. Ruggieri, L. Camaldo -a cura di-, Il difensore e il pubblico ministero europeo, Padova, Cedam, 2002).
Starting in 2002 the Center jointly organized with the former organizations these further Symposiums:
TheGreen Paper (about European Prosecutor): layer in area of freedom, security and justice (2002)
The Protection of the Financial Interests and Environment in EU: the Criminal Justice in the Convention (2003)
Environment and Justice: issues and jurisprudence, national and international (together with UNITAR, United Nations Institute for Training and Research) (2004)
Université d'Eté: I° Colloques d'Arosio sur le Paysage, (2004)
Protection of the European Financial Interests and OLAF (2005)
Environment and Justice: damage and torts (question and jurisprudence, national and international (together with UNITAR) (2005)
Université d'Eté: II° Colloques d'Arosio sur le Paysage(2005).
(The acts of two of these Symposiums were published: see the books F. Ruggieri (a cura di), La giustizia penale nella Convenzione. Tutela degli interessi finanziari e dell’ambiente nell’Unione europea, Giuffrè-Bruylant, 2003; G. Bana (a cura di), L'Université d'Eté, prima edizione 2004, sulla Convenzione europea del Paesaggio, Bruylant, 2005.)
Presently, in collaboration with the University of Ferrara, the UAE and the Camera Penale, the Center is planning a new Symposium. This symposium will be held in Ferrara on April, 21-22, 2006 and shall be about “International Cooperation in criminal matters, OLAF, UE and European States”.
President: Antonio Spallino (lawyer)
Secretary: Renato Papa (President of Camera Penale di Como e Lecco).
Members of the Scientific Committee: Grazia Mannozzi (Professor of Criminal Law of the School of Law at the University of Insubria), Francesca Ruggieri (Professor of Criminal Procedure of the School of Law at the University of Insubria) and Givoanni Bana (Vice-President of UAE)
Research Center for European Criminal Law
Director: Antonio Spallino
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