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Justice Ministers and EU Commissioner join criminal law conference

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Published on Friday, 12 May 2017

The Research Unit in Law at the end of April welcomed EU Commissioner Věra Jourová as well as the Luxembourgish and Belgian justice ministers to a conference on law enforcement challenges in the online context.

The event on 25 and 26 April focused on two sets of challenges for law enforcement and criminal justice: the collection and sharing of electronic evidence, and enforcement. Scholars from Europe and the US were joined by policy makers as well as litigators from think tanks and representatives of the US Department of Justice.

During four sessions, speakers and guests explored issues surrounding law enforcement and the digital world, for instance using the example of Intellectual Property enforcement to illustrate possible mechanism for reforming the sharing of e-evidence. Another animated panel discussion regarding recent jurisprudence – as well as legislative proposals – in the US examined the difficulty of collecting data stored in the US by non-US government, as well as the collection of data stored in Europe or third countries by US law enforcement agencies.

Co-organised by professors Katalin Ligeti and Mark Cole, the event not only brought together scholars from Europe and the US, but also welcomed the Luxembourg Minister for Justice Félix Braz who offered policy perspectives addressing online enforcement challenges. He was joined by his Belgian counterpart Koen Geens and EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Věra Jourová, who both participated in a panel on the challenges of obtaining digital evidence for European policy makers and law enforcement.

Additional speakers included Krystyna Kowalik-Bańczyk, a judge of the Court of Justice of the European Union’s General Court, who gave a keynote on data retention and data protection, and a representative of technology giant Microsoft.

The conference was attended by 100 participants who contributed to lively and interesting discussions on the topics explored. The organisers would like to thank all speakers for their contribution to making this event such a success.

Photo: Prof. Katalin Ligeti, Félix Braz and Věra Jourová (l.t.r.) © University of Luxembourg