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).
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: 15 judges in family law courts
Description of the course:
With an estimate 1 million divorces of international couples in the EU every year, children often end up living in a different country than one of the parents, a situation which is fraught with difficulties from a family law point of view. These difficulties impact on the respect of children's rights regarding parental responsibility and maintenance obligations.
The objectives of this workshop are:
• to provide expert training on Regulation Brussels II bis, including the main provisions in parental responsibility matters, the rules on international child abduction cases and their interaction with other EU instruments in the area of Civil Justice (on the taking of evidence, service of documents, etc.)
• to raise awareness of the interrelation of EU, international and domestic legislation on cross-border parental responsibility cases
• to remind of the preliminary ruling procedure through practical exercises
• to offer participants the opportunity to practice family mediation in a scenario of child abduction through role play exercises
• to provide participants with a practical introduction to the e-justice tools
• to promote contacts between national judges and lawyers from different member states and provide participants with valuable networking opportunities.
The workshop is designed to be practice oriented and focused on peer 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 and lawyers will deal with concrete situations and be faced with real questions by means of case studies and role play exercises.
Co-financed by the EU (three nights of hotel accommodation and up to e500 of travel costs will be covered).