Optional Module (5 ECTS)


This course introduces students to the European Economic Criminal Law. After a short introduction to the Lisbon Treaty focused on the legal bases of the EU Criminal Law, the relevant legislative procedures as well as judicial control students will become familiar with the policy adopted by the EU to tackle economic crime. All the relevant legislative framework will be examined alongside key decisions of the CJEU.


Upon completion of the course, the student will:

  • become familiar with the legal sources and literature in the field of European Economic Criminal Law
  • comprehend the structure, principles and mechanism of European Criminal Law
  • discuss the major issues and the latest developments in protecting financial interests both at EU and national level
  • assess the impact of European Economic Criminal Law on national legal orders
  • become familiar with the mechanisms on combating financial crime on the EU level.


The course shall consist of -but is not limited to- an introduction to EU criminal law both before and after the Lisbon Treaty including the legislative procedure and the judicial control, an analysis of fraud against the financial interests of the EU level, money laundering, and counterfeiting at EU level. The Union’s efforts to address market abuse and insider trading will also be explored. Confiscation and freezing of assets and the newly established European Public Prosecutor’s Office will also be analysed alongside the European Investigation Order.

Academic Requirements

Participants are required to have at least some basic previous knowledge of European Law and national Criminal Procedural Law.

Teaching method

The course will run under both seminar and workshop format. Students are expected to write a paper and make a presentation based on it. To the participants of the course for each topic a shortlist of the main literature and case-law will be provided.   


The course is taught by Associate Professor George Triantafyllou and Assistant Professor Athanasia Dionysopoulou.

Assessment and testing

  • Written exam with essay questions or multiple-choice questions – 1,5 hour (50%)
  • One short paper assignment (4000-5000 words) (35%)
  • Participation in the course (15%)