Messina Blended Intensive Programme

Science and knowledge in criminal justice in the era of (in)security

This Erasmus BIP aims at analysing the impact of new technologies in the field of crime prevention and criminal investigation to fight serious illicit activities. The concerns about the negative impact of organised crime on security, stability, the rule of law and sustainable development calls for an equivalent change in investigative strategies.

The Erasmus BIP is a blended course. Specifically, the first phase will be held partly online on 3rd July and 4th July and partly in presence on 6th and 7th July. The second phase will see physical participation and will consist of two different steps. The first one, from 10th July to 12th July, will provide workshops in which the topics of this program will be addressed under the supervision of professors and master and PhD students. The second step will be held on 13rd   July and 14th July and will be committed to the presentation of the work resulting from the workshops. In this phase, students will report on their achievements and knowledge gained during the course.

The Erasmus BIP «Science and Knowledge in Criminal Justice in the Era of (In)Security» deals with the recent developments that have taken place in criminal justice systems to fight new criminal phenomena that more and more endanger public order and security. Whereas there is no doubt that security today also stands out among the most precious individual rights and legal goods of the utmost relevance, the increase of securitist concerns requires the enhancement of criminal-law intervention on both fields on substantive and procedural law. In the current era of growing insecurity, crime control and criminal investigation sets huge challenges with a view to the achievement of proper trade-offs between prosecutorial needs and individual rights, while calling for new forms of judicial knowledge, especially in the light of the scientific and technological evolution. In particular, the digital transition has already entailed radical changes in investigative and judicial practices, while calling for new criminal-justice policies in legal scenarios characterised by an increasing inter-legality and inter-judicial confrontation. Against this background, the emergence of unprecedented forms of organised and terrorism-related crimes, due to their negative impact mainly on security, stability, the rule of law, and sustainable development, requires the strenghnening of a comparative-law approach, which turns out to be an indispensable tool to face the enormous difficulties set by cross-border cases.

The Course will take place in a blended form. The first week shall be devoted to teaching activities, which will be held on the days 3-4 July online, and 6-7 July at the Law Department of Messina University. The second week will be dedicated to a moot court competition. The days of 10 July and 11 July will be committed to the introduction and preparation of the moot court. On 12 July and 13 July, the moot court competition will take place. In this phase, students will have the opportunity for showing the achievements and knowledge gained during the course.


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General information

Proposed period for virtual component:

3rd July- 4th July 2023

Dates for physical activity:

6th July-13th July 2023

Location for physical activity:

Messina, Italy (Law Department, University of Messina)

Target audience / Participant profile:

Undergraduate & PhD students


The language of the instruction will be  English, although texts may be provided in other languages (Spanish, Italian or German).

ECTS issued:


Host University:

University of Messina (Italy) Partners: University of Osnabrück (Germany), University of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain), University of Miskolc (Hungary), University of Szeged (Hungary), University of Pablo de Olavide (Spain).


Elementary or medium level of English (A2, B1)

Detailed Program

First week:

Day 1 – 3rd July 2023

Introduction, aims, and methodology of the course

(Prof. Stefano Ruggeri)

The evolution of science and technologies and new forms of judicial knowledge in the era of insecurity (h. 9-11 p.m.)

Consensual mechanisms, negotiated procedures and new forms of fact-finding (h. 11.30-1p.m.)

Day 2 – 4th July 2023

Preventing and investigating crime in the digital era: new procedural rights (h. 9-1p.m.)

Free movement of evidence and free circulation of personal data. Towards a uniform (transnational) procedural space? (h. 11.30-1 p.m.)

Day 3 – 6th July 2023

The fight against transnational organised crime and the developments in criminal-law in Europe: a multilevel and comparative approach (h. 9-11 p.m.)

Special investigative techniques and the digitalisation of criminal investigation in the field of transnational organised crime: from the Palermo Convention to the Falcone Resolution (h. 11.30-1p.m.)

Day 4 – 7th July 2023

The evolution of Terrorism-related criminal law: between international, European, and domestic law h. 9-11 p.m.)

Investigating and prosecuting terrorism-related crime in the digital world. New human inquires in inter-legal scenario (h. 11.30-1p.m.)


Day 5 – 10th July 2023 (h. 9-1p.m.)

Introduction to the Moot court: lessons of practitioners

Day 6 – 11th July 2023 (h. 9-1p.m.)

Teamwork of the participants

Day 7 – 12th July 2023 (h. 9-1p.m.)

Moot court. Section one: institution of trial and evidence gathering

Day 8 – 13th July 2023 (h. 9-1p.m.)

 Moot court. Section two: discussion, decision making, and sentencing      

Debate on the Moot court and conclusion of the Blended Intensive Programme

Teaching Staff