In a common judicial area, whether under the aegis of the European Union or the Council of Europe, across legal traditions and specific national features, which aspects are shared by and which distinguish the different judicial systems? In which countries and in which areas does the judiciary seem to work well, and does it provide a satisfactory response to citizens' needs? This course will consider a number of issues: the resources of the judicial system, the organisation of the courts, procedural arrangements, modernisation and quality policies, human resources management, relations between the judicial and administrative functions, the standards that judges are expected to meet and assessment procedures. Participants will have an opportunity to share their experiences, which should facilitate improvements in all judicial systems.
This course will focus on issues of particular concern to judges and prosecutors. It will be structured around compared analyses, the work of the Council of Europe, academic research, and discussions between French and foreign colleagues.