Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas, LLB (Thes/niki), LLM (distinction) (Kent), PhD (Edinburgh)
Head of the Department of Law and Professor of European Criminal Law
Valsamis Mitsilegas is Head of the Department of Law, Professor of European Criminal Law and Director of the Criminal Justice Centre at Queen Mary University of London. From 2001 to 2005 he was legal adviser to the House of Lords European Union Committee.
His interests and expertise lie in the areas of EU law (with particular focus on the evolution of the Union into an Area of Freedom, Security and Justice), global security governance and human rights. He has published widely in the fields of European criminal law, immigration and asylum and security and counter-terrorism law. He is also an expert in the field of legal responses to transnational organised crime, corruption and money laundering. His work explores the impact of globalisation and Europeanisation on the relationship between the individual and the state.
Professor Mitsilegas is a member of the Management Committee of the European Criminal Law Academic Network (ECLAN), a Europe-wide network which brings together academic experts from the EU 27 and beyond. He was General Rapporteur to the 2012 Congress of the International Federation for European Law (FIDE), held in Tallinn (stream on the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice). He is currently the Queen Mary Principal Investigator on a multinational interdisciplinary research project on EU Action to Fight Environmental Crime (EFFACE) funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme for Research. This 40-month project (2012-2016) aims to assess the impact of environmental crime and develop effective and feasible policy options for combating it at EU level.
Professor Mitsilegas is also a regular consultant to parliaments, EU institutions and international organisations. Professor Mitsilegas is a member of two Commission Expert Groups: the Commission Experts Group on European Criminal Policy and the Commission’s Expert Group on needs on data on crime. He provides regular advice to members of the European Parliament, including the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) and the European Parliament Special Committee on Organised Crime, Corruption and Money Laundering (CRIM). Professor Mitsilegas was Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords European Union Committee for their inquiry on the European Borders Agency (FRONTEX report [pdf]) and was invited to submit evidence on the Lisbon Treaty to the House of Lords Committees on the Constitution European Union (Amendment) Bill and the Lisbon Treaty: Implications for the UK Constitution [pdf] (6th Report, session 2007-08, HL Paper 84) and the European Union (The Treaty of Lisbon: An Impact Assessment [pdf], 10th Report, session 2007-08, HL Papers 62-I and 62-II). In April 2009, he gave oral evidence to the House of Lords EU Committee for their inquiry on Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism [pdf] (19th Report, session 2008-09, HL Papers 132-I and 132-II).
Professor Mitsilegas provides regular advice to the UK Government and the Judiciary of England and Wales. He is actively engaged with the legal profession as regards the impact of European Union law on the domestic legal system. He is the first contributor of a specific chapter on the relationship between EU law and domestic criminal law in Blackstone’s Criminal Practice. He is member of a team drafting case commentaries for the Criminal Law Review. He is also Consultant Editor to EU Law in Criminal Practice (OUP, 2013).
Professor Mitsilegas is also active with NGOs, think tanks and academic networks aiming to shape European and domestic law and policy on immigration and crime. He is an active member of the European Union Sub-Committee of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA). He was member of a Working Party convened by the Federal Trust which in 2007 produced a Report on EU Justice and Home Affairs and a member of the International Advisory Group to the Refugee Council which, in December 2008 produced a Report entitled Remote Controls: how UK border controls are endangering the lives of refugees which informed the Council’s policy in the field.
- LAW6001 EU Justice and Home Affairs
- LAW6001A EU Justice and Home Affairs(A): Immigration and Asylum Law
- LAW6001B EU Justice and Home Affairs(B):Criminal Law
- The Criminalisation of Migration in Europe. Challenges for Human Rights and the Rule of Law, Springer, 2015.
- EU Criminal Law, (2009) Hart Publishing, Oxford
- The EU and Internal Security (co-authored with J Monar and W Rees) (Palgrave/Macmillan 2003)
- Money Laundering Counter-Measures in the EU: A New Paradigm of Security Governance versus Fundamental Legal Principles (Kluwer Law International/Aspen, The Hague-London-Boston, 2003)
- Globalisation, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. Theoretical, Comparative and Transnational Perspectives (with P Alldridge and L Cheliotis), Hart, 2014.
- The Future of Prosecution in Europe, special double issue of the New Journal of European Criminal Law, vol.4, 2013, nos 1-2
- 'The Future of Criminalisation in Europe', double special issue of the New Journal of European Criminal Law, vol.3, 2102, nos 3-4
- Extraterritorial Immigration Control: Legal Challenges (co-edited with Bernard Ryan, Nijhoff, 2010). Proceedings of a Modern Law Review seminar held at Queen Mary in June 2008
- EU Law in Criminal Practice, OUP, 2013 (Edited by Duncan Atkinson. Consultant editor with David Pery QC).
- ‘The Transformation of Privacy in an Era of Pre-Emptive Surveillance’ in Tilburg Law Review, vol. 20, 2015, pp.35-57 (special issue on Privacy and National Security in the Digital Age).
- ‘Solidarity and Trust in the Common European Asylum System’ in Comparative Migration Studies, vol.2, 2014, pp.231-253.
- The Limits of Mutual Trust in Europe's Area of Freedom, Security and Justice: From Automatic Inter-State Cooperation to the Slow Emergence of the Individual, Yearbook of European Law 2012; vol.31, pp.319-372.
- ‘Immigration Control in an Era of Globalisation: Deflecting Foreigners, Weakening Citizens, Strengthening the State’ in Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, vol.19, 2012, pp.3-60.
- ‘European Criminal Law and Resistance to Communautarisation Post-Lisbon’, in New Journal of European Criminal Law, vol.1, 2010, pp.458-480.
- 'The European Union and the Globalisation of Criminal Law', in Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies 2009-2010, vol.12, pp.337-407
- ‘The Third Wave of Third Pillar Law: Which Direction for EU Criminal Justice?’, (2009) 34 European Law Review 523-560 - The article is also Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No 33/2009
- ‘La Mise en Oeuvre de l’Espace de Liberté, Securité et de Justice au Royaume-Uni’, (2009) 129 Revue Française d’Administration Publique (the journal of the ENA) 45-60
- 'The Transformation of Criminal Law in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice’, (2008) 26 Yearbook of European Law 2007, 1-32
- 'The External Dimension of EU Action in Criminal Matters' (2007) 12 European Foreign Affairs Review 457-497
- The EU legislative framework against money laundering and terrorist finance: A critical analysis in the light of evolving global standards' (with Bill Gilmore), (2007) 56 International and Comparative Law Quarterly 119-141
- 'The Constitutional Implications of Mutual Recognition in Criminal Matters in the EU' (2006) 43 Common Market Law Review 1277-1311
- 'Controle des etrangers, des passagers, des citoyens: Surveillance et antiterrorisme' (2005) 58 Cultures et Conflits 155-182
- ‘The New EU-US Co-operation on Extradition, Mutual Legal Assistance and the Exchange of Police Data’ in European Foreign Affairs Review, vol.8, 2003, pp.515-536.
- 'Defining Organised Crime in the EU' (2001) 26 European Law Review 565-581
- ‘Transatlantic Counter-terrorism Cooperation and European Values. The Elusive Quest for Coherence’ in D. Curtin and E. Fahey (eds), A Transatlantic Community of Law, Cambridge University Press, 2014, pp.289-315.
- ‘Article 49 - Principles of Legality and Proportionality of Criminal Offences and Penalties’, in S. Peers, T. Hervey, J. Kenner and A. Ward (eds.), The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. A Commentary, Hart/Beck, 2014, pp.1351-1373.
- ‘EU Criminal Law Competence After Lisbon: From Securitised to Functional Criminalisation’ in D. Acosta and C. Murphy (eds.), EU Security and Justice Law, Hart, 2014, pp.110-129.
- ‘The Aims and Limits of EU Anti-Corruption Law’ in J. Horder and P. Alldridge (eds), Modern Bribery Law: Comparative Perspectives, Cambridge University Press, 2013, pp.160-195
- ‘The Area of Freedom, Security and Justice from Amsterdam to Lisbon. Challenges of Implementation, Constitutionality and Fundamental Rights’, General Report, in J. Laffranque (ed.), The Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, Including Information Society Issues. Reports of the XXV FIDE Congress, Tallinn 2012, vol.3, pp. 21-142.
- ‘The EU and the Rest of the World: Criminal Law and Policy Interconnections’, in M. Evans and P. Koutrakos (eds.), Beyond the Established Orders. Policy Interconnections between the EU and the Rest of the World, Hart, 2011, pp.149-178
- ‘The EU and the Implementation of International Norms in Criminal Matters’ in M. Cremona, J. Monar and S. Poli (eds.), The External Dimension of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, Peter Lang, 2011 (College of Europe Studies No. 13), pp.239-272.
- ‘The Borders Paradox. The Surveillance of Movement in a Union without Internal Frontiers’, in H. Lindahl (ed.), A Right to Inclusion and Exclusion? Normative Faultlines of the EU’s Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (Hart 2009) 33-64
- ‘Coopération Antiterroriste États-Unis/ Union Européenne: l’Entente Cordiale’, in D. Bigo, L. Bonelli and Th. Deltombe (eds.), Au Nom du 11 Septembre… Les Démocraties à l’ Épreuve de l’Antiterrorisme, Paris, La Découverte, 2008, pp.118-130
- 'Border Security in the European Union', Baldaccini, Guild and Toner (eds), Whose Freedom, Security and Justice?, (Hart 2007) 359-394
- From National to Global, from Empirical to Legal: The Ambivalent Concept of Transnational Organised Crime' in M Beare (ed), Critical Reflections on Transnational Organized Crime, Money Laundering and Corruption (University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 2003) 55-87
- ‘Countering the Chameleon Threat of Dirty Money: ‘Hard’ and ‘Soft’ Law in the Emergence of a Global Regime against Money Laundering and Terrorist Finance’ in A. Edwards and P. Gill (eds.), Transnational Organised Crime: Perspectives on Global Security, Routledge, 2003, pp.195-211.
Professor Mitsilegas welcomes proposals for postgraduate research in the fields of EU law in general and EU Justice and Home Affairs law in particular, security, terrorism and human rights, and law and transnational crime (including organised crime and money laundering).
- Director of the Criminal Justice Centre
Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas published on the New Statesman blog
12 November 2014
Professor Mitsilegas to give keynote on the future of Eurojust
14 October 2013
Professor Mitsilegas at European Parliament Hearing
21 September 2012
Professor Mitsilegas at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law
13 December 2011
Professor Mitsilegas at the EU Fundamental Rights Agency
28 February 2011