Project's Aims

The CiLaw project, launched in 2011, aims to strengthen judicial training in civil justice cooperation among EU justice professionals.

Established in 2011, the EJTN Civil Law Sub-Working Group brings together judicial training institutions from 7 EU Member-States, as well as the Academy of European Law (ERA), to design and implement high-quality trainings in a wealth of Civil Law areas, ranging from Family Law, Labour Law, Intellectual Property and much more.

The civil law trainings bring together civil law judges and provide participants with the opportunity to exchange best practices with their counterparts across Europe, as well as to discuss the most recent developments in their field of professional interest with leading experts and practitioners. All trainings include a set of framework lectures and multiple workshops where participants discuss practical cases and exchange views on their domestic legislation and the application of the relevan EU legal instruments. 


The Civil Law project aims to improve judicial cooperation in civil law matters and focuses on the developement of the participating countries' legal systems and judicial culture as well as the main aspects of EU law.

Description of the Activities

Up to six two-day training will be implemented in 2017 on key issues of Civil Law identified as requiring adequate training at the European level. 

All seminars are held in English and are open to an average of 48 judges, prosecutors and judicial trainers applying through their national EJTN member institutions.

Participants selected to attend Civil Law SWG seminars are reimbursed for their international travel costs as well as provided with a per diem to cover their accommodation and sundry expenses. Please consult our Terms and Conditions of Participation and Reimbursement for further information on our funding policy.  

2017 Trainings

A total of 6 trainings in the field of EU Civil Law are scheduled for 2017, each open to judges, prosecutors and judicial trainers from all EU Member States, applying through their national training institutions.

Activity Ref.

Date Place Title
CI/2017/01 3-4 April 2017

Center for Judicial Studies (CEJ), Lisbon, Portugal

European Labour Law
CI/2017/02 1-2 June 2017

Spanish Judicial School (CGPJ) barcelona, Spain

Service of documents & taking of evidence abroad
CI/2017/03 20-21 September 2017 National Institute of Magistracy (NIM), Bucharest, Romania Intellectual Property Law
CI/2017/04 11-12 October 2017 Portoroz, Slovenia Brussels I regulation – jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgements in civil matters
CI/2017/05 6-7 November 2017 Academy of European Law (ERA), Trier, Germany Cross-border Maintenance
CI/2017/06 4-5 December 2017 Judicial Training Institute (IGO/IFJ), Brussels, Belgium European civil procedure in family law matters  



Seminars 2016


European Civil Procedure in Family Law Matters / 29 February - 1 March 2016, Prague, Czech Republic

Brussels I regulation - jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgements in civil matters / 21 - 22 April, 2016, Brussels, Belgium

European Employment Law / 16 - 17 May 2016, Lisbon, Portugal

European Civil Procedure / 7 -8 July 2016, Barcelona, Spain

International Contract Law / 6 - 7 October 2016, Scandicci, Italy

Service of documents/taking of evidence / 17 - 18 November 2016, ERA Trier, Germany


Seminars 2015

European Company Law seminar / 12-13 October 2015, Lisbon, Portugal

European Tort Law seminar / 22-23 September 2015, Scandicci, Italy

Intellectual Property Law seminar / 4-5 June 2015 Bucharest, Romania at the National Institute of Magistracy (NIM)

Brussels I recats seminar / 7-8 May Barcelona, Spain at the CGPJ The Spanish Judicial Scool

European Family Law seminar / 9-10 March 2015, Omsenie, The detached center of the Judicial Academy of the Slovak Republic


Past seminars