EJTN launches new Rule of Law Project

Friday, September 28, 2018

  • The new Rule of Law Project will provide comprehensive training to support the effective implementation of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.
  • The project will train over 500 members of the judiciary from the EU and 6 Western Balkan states, and it will also result in the production of an invaluable practitioner’s manual and a training strategy guide.

On the 3rd of October, EJTN launches the first seminar under the Rule of Law project. This project is funded by the Directorate-General Justice and Consumers (DG JUST) and is part of the European Commission strategy for the effective implementation of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. Under this strategy EJTN was commissioned to implement the Rule of Law project in the 2018 – 2019-time frame. The rule of law project foresees the organisation of 7 seminars all across the EU the development of a practitioner’s manual and a training strategy guide as well as the creation and design of a webinar.

The first seminar of the Rule of Law Project, to be held in Brussel, will gather over 60 judges and prosecutors from 21 countries, who will learn more about the relationship of judges and prosecutors in the work environment and vis-à-vis other state powers as well as how to better cope with situations when the security of tenure of judges and prosecutors is infringed.

Case studies
The first seminar will have three sub-group sessions, which will have the participants divided into smaller groups that will go through cases studies on several topics. These include the relationship between judges and prosecutors in and outside court rooms (including the division of powers and mutual respect), impartiality of judges and prosecutors, integrity of judges and prosecutors (including quality and efficient of judicial protection, including ethical issues) and the role of key players as safeguards for the independence of judges and prosecutors (e.g. councils, presidents, general assemblies of judges, associations, judges themselves, etc.).

All the seminars will adhere to the principles of adult training, which means that all events delivered shall follow the participatory methodology, with extensive use of innovative tools such as demonstrations and other forms of exercises, with ample case studies, maximised time for discussions and reduced time for lecturing. This will help optimise the insights gained during the events and give the opportunity to juxtapose different perceptions and different experiences of the individual participants.

Taking part
The Rule of Law Project will culminate on May 13, 2019 with a final conference at the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg, where the practitioner’s manual and a training strategy guide, which are all to be created within this project, will be launched and made available for the use of EJTN’s Members and Observers.

Interested participants that are trainers at judicial training institutions, judges, prosecutors, and/or members of judiciary and prosecutorial councils are invited to contact EJTN’s Members and Observers organisations in order to apply for the upcoming Rule of Law seminars: in Brussels 29-30 January 2019 and 26-27 February 2019; in Florence 4-5 April 2019; and, in Luxembourg 13 May 2019. The list of EJTN Members and Observers is available on the EJTN website.