EJTN’s multi-year Rule of Law project culminating with high-level final conference

Friday, May 10, 2019

  • Seminal multi-year Rule of Law project culminating with high-level final conference.
  • Leading practitioners and figures from the judiciary and academia from across Europe will address current and future aspects of the rule of law. 

Following the decision of the Directorate-General Justice and Consumers (DG JUST) to organise a crucial project on the rule of law for judges, prosecutors and judicial trainers, the EJTN implemented during the 2018-2019 timeframe the Rule of Law Project consisting of 6 seminars and a rule of law webinar.

The seminal multi-year project will culminate on 13-14 May with the Final Conference, bringing together more than 80 participants from 27 countries, EU institutions and European judicial networks and associations. The conference will take place at the premises of the Court of Justice of the EU in Luxembourg.

The main objective of the Final Conference is to present and summarise the training activities that took place in the framework of the project and to discuss the lessons learnt and the future priorities on the rule of law. It will also aim to discuss the project’s deliverables, namely, the EJTN Rule of Law Practitioner’s Manual and the EJTN Rule of Law Training Guide.

Jurisprudence, policy and panel discussion
In the above-mentioned context, a series of presentations on relevant jurisprudence of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) as well as European Commission (EC) policy will take place in the morning of 13 May. Koen Lenaerts, CJEU President and Angelika Nussberger, 1st vice-president of the ECtHR, will present the rule of law jurisprudence of the CJEU and the ECtHR respectively. DG JUST Directorate C Director Emmanuel Crabit will present the EC policy in upholding the rule of law. A summary of the project by EJTN Secretary General Judge Wojciech Postulski will ensue. 

The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion on key challenges for the judiciary on the rule of law with leading practitioners and members of the academia who participated as experts to the seminars of the project. The panel will be moderated by journalist Christian Davies and will consist of University of Oxford Professor Paul Craig, Prosecutor Romulus Varga of Romania, Judge Herman van Harten of The Netherlands and representative of the European Networks of Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ) and member of the Romanian Council of the Judiciary Andrea Anna Maria Chis

Building a European understanding of rule of law
In the afternoon of the first day, participants will be divided in three workshops, which will see the participation of the highest-level representatives of EJTN’s Members and Observers, the EU and the Western Balkan Judiciary Councils and European judicial networks and associations. The three parallel workshop sessions will, respectively, discuss how to maximise the impact of judicial training on upholding the rule of law, the role of senior judiciary in cultivating rule of law and the role of European judicial networks and associations in building a European understanding of rule of law.

On May 14, the second day of the conference, participants will attend the Grand Chamber hearing of the CJEU of joint cases C-585/18Krajowa Rada Sądownictwa (Indépendance de la chambre disciplinaire de la Cour suprême) (Poland), C-624/18 CP (Indépendance de la chambre disciplinaire de la Cour suprême) (Poland) and C-625/18 DO (Indépendance de la chambre disciplinaire de la Cour suprême) (Poland).