Training the trainers workshop on “Cross-border divorce and maintenance”

Start Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
End Date: Friday, October 26, 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 judicial trainers

Description of the course:

A self-standing training module on ‘Cross-border divorce and maintenance’ is being developed, which will be published and made available to all judicial actors on the European e-justice Portal.

The objectives of this workshop, aimed at judicial trainers, are:
• to “test” and raise awareness of the training module on ‘Cross-border divorce and maintenance’
• to familiarise participating judicial trainers with the structure and content of the training module
• to provide a framework for the organisation of further training events in the area of EU Family Law
• to consolidate available legal texts and e-justice tools in the area of EU Family Law
• to foster dialogue between judicial trainers of different national backgrounds
• to promote contacts between judicial trainers at EU level.

The training material presented during the workshop will cover the EU acquis on the following topics: 

• Cross-border divorce - jurisdiction and procedure   
• Cross-border divorce - applicable law
• Cross-border maintenance - jurisdiction and applicable law
• EU initiatives in the area of matrimonial property regimes

Further to EU legislation, practice and jurisprudence, the module will include a national section from each EU member state illustrating the application and implementation of EU Family Law at national level. An e-learning course providing a basic introduction into the subject matter, a users’ pack with all related legal texts and a trainer’s pack including background material and a trainer’s manual that will assist future trainers to best make use of the module will as well be contained. These materials will be presented in detail during the workshop, so that their function and possible integration in further training programmes is effectively explained.   

The varying training methods that may be used in future training events in the area of EU Family Law will also be illustrated and recommendations on how to best employ them provided. Face-to-face presentations can be combined with practical exercises requiring the active contribution of the participants, IT-supported training, allowing participants to familiarise with available e-justice tools can be used and interactive sessions promoting the exchange of good practices and experience may be included in a training programme. Advantages and disadvantages of the different available options and ideas on which method may be most appropriate for the different topics will be discussed during the workshop.


Practical Information

Co-financed by the EU: (three nights of hotel accommodation and up to €500 of travel costs will be covered)