Day-and-a-half online training aimed at offering a better understanding and providing an overview of criminal defense rights under EU law through a set of Directives designed to strengthen procedural safeguards (interpretation and translation, information, access to a lawyer, presumption of innocence, children’s rights and legal aid). This online training will combine presentations and key notes on EU procedural rights and ECHR and CJEU case-law. A practical exercise on the referral for a preliminary ruling to the CJEU will also be part of the training's topics.
Effective and enhanced cooperation in criminal matters within the European Union (EU) requires a significant degree of confidence amongst the judicial authorities in the Member States. The need to be able to trust each other’s criminal justice systems to work fairly also calls for a better understanding of other European legal systems.
Based on Article 82.2(b) of the TFEU, a strong emphasis has been focused on strengthening procedural rights for suspects and accused persons in criminal proceedings by way of EU Directives establishing a body of common minimum level of procedural rights which can be enforced by EU Law.
The online training will serve as a forum for the exchange of knowledge and best practices between judges and prosecutors who will be called to resolve the challenges posed by the Directives. Through those exchanges between participants from different Member States knowledge and understanding of other EU legal systems on procedural safeguards in criminal proceedings will promote mutual trust and confidence among the EU judiciary.
Expected learning outcomes
- To provide delegates with a level of common understanding of, and support for, the objectives of the directives which are to safeguard the rights of the defense and the fairness of criminal proceedings;
- To get acquainted with a set of Directives (Roadmap Directives) which may raise many important issues of interpretation;
- To deep understanding of the EU procedural safeguards and those mechanisms to implement EU Law (direct effect, primacy of EU Law, references for a preliminary ruling);
- To reinforce aptitudes to enable participants to apply EU Law on those topics, directly or through national provisions;
Judges and Prosecutors from all Member States. Criminal judges and prosecutors with some knowledge of EU Procedural Criminal Law and/or judicial cooperation in criminal matters.
Methodology and format
The structure of the seminars is aimed at requesting significant interaction among practitioners through practical workshops and plenary briefings directed by leading experts.
Learning by doing approach:
Plenary sessions, workshops in international groups, de-briefings in plenary
Case-scenario, practical exercise on a referral for a preliminary ruling; and group’s work.
All applications must be submitted through the candidates' national EJTN member institution.
Upon invitation by EJTN, participants register via EJTN online platform to which they receive access.
After the event, reimbursement is processed via EJTN online platform.
Terms and conditions of participation
Frequently Asked Questions
Number of places:
Judges and Prosecutors from from all Member States. Criminal judges and prosecutors with some knowledge of EU Procedural Criminal Law and/or judicial cooperation in criminal matters.
New deadline for applications:
15 March 2021