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6 New J. Eur. Crim. L. 3 (2015)

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                         VALSAMIS MITSILEGAS*

It is with great pleasure that I have co-ordinated the publication of this special issue of
the New Journal of European Criminal Law on 'New Voices in European Criminal
Law'. The majority of the authors whose papers are included in this special issue are
doctoral candidates who presented their work at the 4th Annual PhD Conference of
the European Criminal Law Academic Network (ECLAN), which was organised by
the Queen Mary Criminal Justice Centre and took place in London in May 2014. The
Annual ECLAN PhD conferences have now been firmly established as a key venue for
PhD students and early career researchers to meet each other, develop networks and
friendships, and have the opportunity to present and exchange ideas with their
colleagues and leading European criminal law scholars from across Europe. It is an
even greater pleasure to be able to co- edit this issue with two of such brilliant doctoral
students, Niovi Vavoula and Irene Wieczorek. I would like to thank them both for
their superb efforts in bringing this special issue to life, and Niovi in particular for her
excellent work, commitment and dedication in organising the 2014 ECLAN PhD
conference in London.
   What do the articles included in this special issue tell us about the current state
and future of academic research on European criminal law? Judging from the scientific
rigour, originality and academic quality of the papers, the future of European criminal
law as a distinct academic field is in good hands. But what are today's PhD students
interested in, and what do they understand by European criminal law? The
contributions in this special issue reveal the considerable evolution, depth and
richness of European criminal law as an academic field. A number of contributions
focus critically on the relationship between European criminal law and other areas of
European Union law, including European constitutional law (including general
principles of EU law) and EU citizenship, while others focus more expressly on dealing
with specific challenges arising from the institutionalisation of European criminal
law on the one hand (in particular in the light of the recent moves to establish a
European Public Prosecutor's Office) and from the establishment of new forms of EU
judicial co-operation in criminal matters on the other (including issues arising from
conflicts of jurisdiction and the application of the principle of mutual recognition in
criminal matters).

     Professor of European Criminal Law, Director of the Criminal Justice Centre and Head of the
     Department of Law, Queen Mary University of London.

New Journal of European Criminal Law, Vol. 6, Issue 1, 2015

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