EJTN receives a special delegation

Thursday, September 28, 2017

  • EJTN was delighted to welcome a special delegation from Taiwan’s Academy for the Judiciary and the Taipei Representation Office.
  • Visiting delegations provide ideal opportunities to help impart knowledge and experience, solidify trust amongst the international judiciary and build vital international networks.

EJTN was delighted to receive a special delegation in early October from Taiwan’s Academy for the Judiciary and the Taipei Representation Office in the European Union and Belgium.

Representing the Academy for the Judiciary, Ministry of Justice of Taiwan, was Ms Pi-Yu Tsai, President & Public Prosecutor and Ms Yen-Chun Lin, Public Prosecutor, Mentor of Academic Affairs Department. The Taipei Representation Office in the European Union and Belgium was represented by Mr Chih-hao Chin, Director, Political Division, Ms Esther Yun Chen, Deputy Director, Bilateral Affairs and C. H. Chang, Third Secretary.  

The Academy’s delegation was on a fact-finding and network-building mission in the European Union, involving visits to several EU Member States and European judicial training organisations. The mission is an element of Taiwan’s reform of its judicial system as well as a drive to enhance the recruitment and training of the Taiwanese judiciary.

The Academy delegates were particularly keen to learn about how judges and prosecutors are recruited and trained across the EU, differences of judicial training systems between the Member States and how EJTN cooperates with the various Member States’ judicial training systems. The delegation underlined how the Taiwanese judicial system is similar to European systems, and particularly to that of France, thus reinforcing the weight of their mission.

The delegates also provided a very fascinating overview of the Academy for the Judiciary, explained the processes and stages of becoming a judge or prosecutor in Taiwan, pointed to some specific challenges they face and highlighted the Academy’s already existing bilateral exchanges with France’s Ecole Nationale de la Magistrature (The French National School for the Judiciary), which is an EJTN Member organisation, as well as other cooperative efforts with countries such as Vietnam, Mongolia and Brazil.

Some particularly interesting facts and figures were also highlighted. The Academy runs a 2-year-long initial training programme, accepting approximately 50-100 participants for each intake cycle. There are some 1,400 prosecutors and approximately 2,000 judges in Taiwan.

On its part, EJTN provided a presentation of its role in European judicial training, how it operates, the nature of its Membership and how EJTN has developed over the years as well as gave an overview of its programmes and the types of training it offers. EJTN’s presentation was tailored according to the expressed interests of the special delegation.

EJTN is honoured to receive delegations from around the world and is pleased to be a recognised player within the judicial training sphere for visiting international groups. Visiting delegations to EJTN such as this one provide ideal opportunities to help impart knowledge and experience, solidify trust amongst the international judiciary and build vital international networks. 

Learn more about the Taiwan Academy for the Judiciary at: http://www.tpi.moj.gov.tw/mp186.html