Cross-border divorce and maintenance EU

Start Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2012
End Date: Friday, September 28, 2012
Category: EU Civil Law, Civil Law Civil Judicial Cooperation, Civil Law European Civil Procedure
Venue: Brussels, Belgium
Country: Belgium
Leading organisation: ERA-Academy of European Law
Cooperative Partner:
Language(s): English
Training level:
Target audience:
Participants(EJTN): 30
Contact: Kassiani Christodoulou
Contact e-mail:
Contact phone: +49 651 937 37 110

Course Description

This workshop is a project of the European Commission in the framework of the development of training modules regarding European legislative instruments for cross-border cooperation in civil matters, which is implemented by the Academy of European Law (ERA) with the support of the Belgian Judicial Training Institute (IFJ).

The whole project is implemented in partnership with the Austrian Federal Ministry for Justice, the Czech Judicial Academy, the Finnish Ministry of Justice, the German Federal Ministry of Justice, The Latvian Judicial Training Centre, the Polish National School of Judiciary and Public Prosecution, The Romanian Superior Council of the Magistracy and the Slovenia Judicial Training Centre.


Number of participants: 30 judges in Family law courts

Description of the course:

There are currently around 16 million international couples in the EU. Inevitably when such families break up, family members often end up living in different countries, a situation which is fraught with difficulties from a family law point of view. These difficulties include, for example, knowing which courts have jurisdiction to hear a divorce application and which law is applicable to such a divorce and the issue of enforcement of maintenance obligations abroad.

The objectives of this workshop are:

• to provide expert training on Regulation Brussels II bis, Regulation Rome III and the Maintenance Regulation and their interaction with other EU instruments in the area of Civil Justice.
• to raise awareness of the interrelation of EU, international and domestic legislation on cross-border divorce and maintenance cases
• to remind of the preliminary ruling procedure through practical exercises
• to provide participants with a practical introduction to the e-justice tools
• to promote contacts between national judges from different member states and provide participants with valuable networking opportunities.

The workshop is designed to be practice oriented and focused on per and expert training. Access to an introductory e-learning course will be made available to participants before the workshop allowing them to be prepared to actively contribute during the training sessions. IT-supported training will be provided allowing participating judges to get in touch with the existing online tools and make a better use of the information available on the e-learning course. Participating judges will deal with concrete situations and be faced with real questions by means of case studies and role play exercises.


Practical information

Cofinanced by the EU (three nights of hotel accommodation and up to €500 of travel costs will be covered).