European Criminal Law
This course teaches the ins and out of a European criminal trial, both practical and theoretical. In the final class, the students will plead the arguments of prosecution and defense in a jewelry robbery case set somewhere in Europe. They will use a reality-based file and a code of criminal procedure based on continental European law.
The course instructor, a judge in the criminal court of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, will prepare the students by explaining and discussing the way in which criminal cases are dealt with in Europe. The students will get to know the position and work of the investigative judge, the trial judges, the prosecutor, the defendant, the defense attorney, and anyone else who might play a role in a trial.
A second element will be the role of European law. This relates to both the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (Articles 5, 6, and 7 in particular) and the increasing impact of European Union law (the emergence of a European Prosecutor