European Arrest Warrant

Welcome to the website of the European Arrest Warrant Project of the ECBA


This website is an initiative of the ECBA to provide criminal defence lawyers with practical and practice-based information about European Arrest Warrant (EAW) surrender cases. It is developed within the scope of the European Arrest Warrant Project (, coordinated by the T.M.C. Asser Institute. As a consortium partner in this project, the ECBA focuses on the defence rights of suspects in surrender proceedings.

For more information on the ECBA and the Project click the corresponding button in the main menu on the left.
This website primarily focuses on the following items:
  •  Basic Criminal Procedural Law: detailing the basic elements of criminal procedure in each EU Member State.
  • EAW-Case Law: comprehensive summary case reports of case law concerning the EAW, with a focus on defence rights of suspects and, where possible, a link to the original judgment.
  • Conferences: overview of noteworthy conferences and expert meetings concerning the EAW.
The ECBA aims to keep the published information as accurate as possible, which means that the contents of this website is subject to continuous development.

Please note that this website is still under construction. At the moment we are processing the information on Basic Criminal Procedural Law, which is provided by our participants. Currently this section details information of the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom.

The section Case Law EAW presently consists of Dutch and Belgian case reports. Any information concerning EAW surrender cases including case reports, in particular, dealing with the role of the defence is of course more than welcome.

We hope that you will benefit from the information published on this website. If you have any suggestions, questions or remarks, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Holger Matt
Chairman of the ECBA.