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Honorary title bestowed on President of Eurojust

19/09/2014

At the University of Brussels (VUB) Fellowship Ceremony on 17 September, the President of Eurojust, Michèle Coninsx, accepted the title of Law and Criminology Fellow VUB 2014.

Twenty-two Fellows from different disciplines occupying prominent positions in the academic, political, scientific, cultural, corporate and public sectors were presented this year.

In Ms Coninsx’s acceptance of the title, she underlined that ‘synergies could be explored between the academic world, at the forefront of research, and the practical, hands-on work of the prosecution of serious organised crime, as conducted by Eurojust. These synergies could provide valuable learning opportunities for both spheres. We appreciate and accelerate vital exchange of views with academics as we consider a multi-disciplinary approach to be the key to any constructive development’.

 

BACKGROUND

VUB
The Law & Criminology Faculty of VUB decided to take part in a new VUB fellowship project, modelled on the UK, in which excellent candidates will contribute to boost the profile of the University by delivering guest lectures on its behalf.

Eurojust
Eurojust supports the national authorities of the 28 Member States in their fight against serious cross-border crime by facilitating awareness raising, knowledge sharing and mutual understanding. Eurojust deals with the following cross-border crime areas: terrorism, cybercrime, drug trafficking, trafficking in human beings, counterfeiting, money laundering, computer crime, crime against property or public goods including fraud and corruption, criminal offences affecting the EU’s financial interests, environmental crime and participation in a criminal organisation. For example, Eurojust supports Member States by:

  • coordinating cross-border investigations and prosecutions in partnership with judges, prosecutors and investigators from Member States, helping to resolve conflicts of jurisdiction
  • facilitating the execution of EU legal instruments designed to improve cross-border criminal justice, such as the European Arrest Warrant; and
  • requesting Member States to take certain actions, such as setting up joint investigation teams, or accepting that one is better placed than another to investigate or prosecute.
 

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