Networks in the field of criminal justice

The following listing (work in progress) seeks to capture networks and forums in the area of European criminal justice policy. In light of the varied degree of formalisation and flexible range of participants, a distinction is made between networks that are associated to the EU and other European networks. Individual descriptions, in so far as available, are derived from the self-presentation of the respective networks (webpage) or official documents. Feedback is welcome!

EU-focused Networks

European Contact-Point Network against Corruption (EACN)

The European contact-point network against corruption (EACN) is a formal network comprising close to 50 anti-corruption authorities from European Union Member States. The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) is also a member. The network was set up to improve cooperation between authorities mandated with the prevention of and fight against corruption in the European Union, as well as to foster closer relations between Member States and the European institutions. It affords a platform for the exchange of EU-related information on effective measures and experiences, identifying opportunities, and collaboration in developing common strategies and high professional standards.

European Judicial Training Network (EJTN)

The European Judicial Training Network (EJTN) is the principal platform and promoter for the training and exchange of knowledge of the European judiciary. EJTN represents the interests of over 160,000 European judges, prosecutors and judicial trainers across Europe. Formed in 2000, EJTN's fields of interest include EU, civil, criminal and commercial law and linguistics and societal issues training. The vision of EJTN is to help to foster a common legal and judicial European culture.

Genocide Network (European Network of contact points in respect of persons responsible for genocide, crime against humanity and war crimes)

The aim of the Network is to facilitate cooperation and assistance between the Member States' investigation and prosecution authorities and to exchange information on criminal investigation and prosecution of persons suspected of having committed or participated in the commission of the relevant crimes. For this purpose, each Member State has designated a Contact Point who facilitates cooperation and exchange of information between the national authorities of the Member States.

Informal EU Network of National Rapporteurs or Equivalent Mechanisms on Trafficking in Human Beings

An informal EU Network of National Rapporteurs or equivalent mechanisms was set up by the Council Conclusions, adopted on 4 June 2009. In line with the newly adopted Directive 36/2011, the National Rapporteurs are responsible for monitoring the implementation of anti-trafficking policy at the national level and will play a key role in data collection on trafficking in human beings at national and EU Level.

Informal Network of contact points on the administrative approach to prevent and disrupt organised crime


Council of the EU Working Groups

Working Party on Cooperation in Criminal Matters (COPEN)

The Working Party on Cooperation in Criminal Matters handles legislative activities regarding cooperation between the member states in criminal matters.

Working Party on Substantive Criminal Law (DROIPEN)

The Working Party on Substantive Criminal Law examines legislative proposals and initiatives which aim at approximating national provisions of substantive criminal law. It also considers new legislation relating to criminal procedure.

Other advisory

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)

The EMCDDA exists to provide the EU and its Member States with a factual overview of European drug problems and a solid evidence base to support the drugs debate.