EJTN and ECtHR renew long-standing MOU

Thursday, October 19, 2017

  • The EJTN signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg to undertake cooperative efforts within the judicial training field.
  • The renewed MOU allows for a bolstering of activities between the two parties, and includes long-term exchanges, study visits and seminars.

On October 18, 2017, the EJTN signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg to undertake cooperative efforts within the judicial training field, thereby renewing a long-standing MOU between the two parties.

The EJTN and the ECtHR have enjoyed nearly a decade of cooperation since the first MOU was forged between the two organisations back on February 7, 2008 by the then Secretary General of EJTN, Mr Gilles Charbonnier.

Cherishing moment
On hand at the October 2017 MOU signing ceremony was Mr Roderick Liddell, Registrar of the Court, representing the ECtHR, Judge Wojciech Postulski, Secretary General of the EJTN and other dignitaries. Both parties cherished this moment to reflect on the past achievements of many cooperative efforts, reaffirm ties and allow for a bolstering of activities between the two organisations.  

Like its predecessor, the renewed MOU aims to strengthen judicial cooperation in training programmes at the EU level. In concrete terms, the MOU will allow EJTN to arrange long-term judicial training placements at the ECtHR, which will make judges and prosecutors familiar with the work, functioning, procedures and case law of the ECtHR.

Study visits, which raise the awareness of judges and prosecutors on the work, functioning, procedures and case law of the ECtHR, are also covered by the MOU. Seminars for judicial trainers at the ECtHR will also be arranged as will other forms of co-operation relating to judicial training.

In addition to cooperating with its Members and Observers, EJTN works closely with its nearly 20 European partners across a wide field of initiatives and projects. EJTN is proud to reaffirm its long-standing relationship with ECtHR, which will benefit Europe’s judiciary and deliver greater synergies within judicial training.