EU training networks & structures

With the developments in European legislation and greater mobility of European citizens, a clear need has emerged in the past decade for continuous training for legal practitioners at European level. Such training is provided by several European structures established with the support of Member States, and a number of professional organisations, often with supported by European funding.

Training networks and structures at European level

Professional organisations organising training activities at European level

EU-level judicial networks cooperating with the EJTN regarding European judicial training

Training networks and structures at European level

Depending on their profession and particular needs, legal practitioners can apply to one or other of the structures briefly presented here. Also, many courses are offered by universities and private training providers.

For judges and prosecutors

The European Judicial Training Network (EJTN)

Founded in 2000, the EJTN develops training standards and curricula, coordinates judicial training exchanges and programmes and fosters cooperation between national training structures for judges and prosecutors. The EJTN secretariat-general is based in Brussels (Belgium). You can find a summary of EJTN activities here .

For all legal practitioners

The Academy of European Law (ERA)

ERA organises conferences, seminars, professional training courses and policy debates on different areas of EU law, designed for all legal practitioners. ERA is located in Trier (Germany). You can find a summary of its activities here .

The European Institute of Public Administration – European Centre for Judges and Lawyers (EIPA)

Training on European Union law is one of EIPA's areas of activity. Training is tailored for judges, legal practitioners, EU and national officials and private sector lawyers. EIPA has centres in Maastricht (Netherlands), Luxembourg, Barcelona (Spain) and Warsaw (Poland). You can find a summary of its activities here .

Professional organisations organising training activities at European level

The following organisations representing legal practitioners at European level organise training activities on an ad hoc basis.

Lawyers, barristers, solicitors

The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe - CCBE

Notaries

The Council of the Notariats of the European Union - CNUE

Judicial Officers

The International Union of Judicial Officers - UIHJ

EU-level judicial networks cooperating with the EJTN regarding European judicial training

The EJTN gathers all national judicial training bodies of the EU Member States and as such is the best placed body to coordinate and develop further judicial training. It cooperates with other EU-level judicial networks, whose respective objectives and training-related interests are presented in the following factsheets:

The report of the 2013-2014 project promoting the cooperation between the EJTN and the above-mentioned networks is available here.

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ACADEMY OF EUROPEAN LAW (ERA)

ERA’s objective is to promote the understanding and best practice of EU law by providing legal practitioners from across Europe with training and a forum for discussion and exchange.

Target groups

ERA works with all practitioners of law:

  • Judges
  • Prosecutors
  • Lawyers in private practice
  • Notaries
  • In-house counsel and lawyers in business
  • Law enforcement officers
  • Lawyers in public administration

Types of training activities developed

As the European Commission’s communication on judicial training of September 2011 explains, ERA “has extensive experience in successfully organising Union law seminars for multicultural audiences”. It offers conferences and courses at different levels at its centre in Trier (near the EU’s judicial capital in Luxembourg), in Brussels and around Europe:

  • Annual conferences and forums to review and debate the latest developments
  • Seminars focused on a specific development for practitioners to explore in detail
  • Basic training courses as an introduction to a specific area of EU law
  • Briefings in Brussels to analyse topical developments in EU law
  • Legal language courses

ERA also provides:

  • E-learning courses and resources
  • E-presentations featuring top experts on EU law
  • A quarterly legal journal called ERA Forum

ERA’s training programmes cover the full range of EU law:

  • European public law, e.g. institutional law, fundamental rights, asylum and immigration, environmental law, taxation
  • European private law, e.g. consumer protection, labour and social law, private international law, judicial co-operation in civil matters
  • European business law, e.g. competition law, public procurement, intellectual property rights, company law, financial services
  • European criminal law, e.g. judicial cooperation in criminal matters, police cooperation

Activities 2015

In 2015 ERA organised 157 training events attended by 6903 legal practitioners from 54 countries. It also offered 7 e-learning courses and about 60 e-presentations.

Participants’ professional background was:

  • Judges: 27%
  • Prosecutors: 5%
  • Lawyers in private practice: 24%
  • In-house counsel: 5%
  • Law enforcement officers: 1%
  • EU officials: 7%
  • Ministry officials: 6%
  • Other civil servants: 9%
  • Academics: 5%
  • Foundation/NGO representatives: 4%
  • Other: 6%

International partnerships/agreements

A founding member of the Link opens in new windowEuropean Judicial Training Network (EJTN), ERA was re-elected to the EJTN Steering Committee in 2013 for the period 2014-2017. For the same period, ERA was elected Convenor of the Network's Working Group on Programmes and member of its Working Group on Technologies. It also has strong relationships with individual national judicial training institutions, with several of which it has framework agreements for the joint organisation of training activities for judges and prosecutors.

ERA also works regularly on a project-by-project basis with the Link opens in new windowCouncil of the Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), the Link opens in new windowCouncil of the Notariats of the European Union (CNUE), the Link opens in new windowEuropean Company Lawyers Association (ECLA) as well as other lawyers’ organisations at European and national level.

As a public-benefit foundation, ERA is a member of the Link opens in new windowEuropean Foundation Centre.

History

ERA was established in 1992 on the initiative of the European Parliament. The founding patrons were the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the Land of Rhineland-Palatinate, the City of Trier and the Friends of ERA Association. In the intervening years, 25 of the 28 EU Member States, among others, have joined the foundation.

Contact details

Academy of European Law (ERA)
Metzer Allee D-54295 Trier - Germany
Tel.: +49 651 93737-0
Brussels Office
36 Avenue d'Auderghem - B-1040 Brussels - Belgium

E-mail: Link opens in new windowinfo@era.int

Number of staff: 74

Legal status: ERA is a non-profit public foundation.

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EUROPEAN INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (EIPA)

The European Centre for Judges and Lawyers is a specialised Antenna of the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA). The Centre is located in Luxembourg and is dedicated to training judges, prosecutors, private practicing lawyers and lawyers from public administrations in the EU member states, candidate countries and countries with association agreements with the EU as well as the EFTA countries.

Types of training activities developed

The European Commission’s communication on judicial training of September 2011 identifies EIPA as one of the few European-level providers of training to the judiciary and other legal professions. The majority of these training activities is developed and delivered by EIPA’s European Centre for Judges and Lawyers (EIPA ECJL).

In addition to open enrolment training and conference activities, EIPA ECJL provides a variety of tailor made and practice-oriented training, consultancy and coaching services as well as comparative research related to the implementation of EU law and judicial training in the EU Member States and countries associated with the EU (candidate countries, EFTA countries, etc.). These services are delivered under contracts and action grants awarded by the EU Institutions or through bilateral contracts with the national administrations.

Within the category of open enrolment activities, the Centre offers the following types of activities:

  • practice-oriented workshops of varying duration
  • adult life-long educational programmes, such as Master programmes and Master-level classes (both face-to-face and blended on-line learning programmes); our offer provides programmes lasting from one week to two years
  • individually selected e-learning tutorials on access to documents, internal market issues (such as free movement of people, public procurement, etc.), environmental law and judicial co-operation issues
  • conferences on recent developments in various legal areas, such as EU environmental and financial services law, judicial co-operation issues, EU civil service law and recent trends of the jurisprudence of the Court of Justice

Within the category of contract activities, EIPA and its European Centre for Judges and Lawyers in Luxembourg specialises in the following types of activities tailor-made in consultation with the clients to meet their specific needs:

  • workshops combining problem-based learning and coaching sessions
  • study visits, either stand-alone or combined with training sessions on selected topics
  • tailor-made blended learning activities
  • initial training modules for judges, prosecutors and non-judge court staff of varying duration
  • training of trainers workshops, including development of training materials and manuals

Topically, the training activities of EIPA ECJL cover

  • EU (and EEA) institutional law
  • European administrative law and fundamental rights
  • European regulatory affairs, such as environmental, consumer protection, food safety, labour and social law
  • all areas of the EU Internal Market, including financial services, public procurement and competition law
  • European and international judicial cooperation in family, commercial and other civil matters as well as judicial and law enforcement cooperation in criminal matters
  • the procedures of and how to litigate before the EU and EFTA Courts

The Centre also specialises in training and coaching activities aiming to strengthen the independence of the judiciary and to enhance the administration and quality of justice by identifying and sharing knowledge and practical experience in such as areas as

  • introduction of quality management in the justice sector
  • management of judicial institutions (courts, public prosecutor offices, judicial training institutions)
  • judicial training needs analysis and the evaluation of both the quality and effects of judicial training, etc.)
  • ethics and anti-corruption
  • public relations and communication policies and skills
  • introduction and use of e-justice tools

Current activities

EIPA annually implements between 600 and 700 training activities, which are attended by between 12 – 14.000 persons. Hereof, EIPA ECJL delivers between 110 and 130 training activities per year addressed to the afore-mentioned target groups.

Number of training activities (incl. initial training and study visits) in 2015 in total: 131

  • Activities for judges, public prosecutors and private practicing lawyers: 28
  • Activities for other legal professions, including non-judge court staff: 3
  • Activities for lawyers and others working in the public administration: 100

Number of participants in 2015 in total: 2423

  • Activities for judges, public prosecutors and private practicing lawyers: 375
  • Activities for other legal professions, including non-judge court staff: 26
  • Activities for lawyers working in the public administration: 2022

Average number of days per participant in 2015 in total: 2

  • Activities for judges, public prosecutors and private practicing lawyers: 2
  • Activities for other legal professions, including non-judge court staff: 4
  • Activities for lawyers working in the public administration: 2

The above statistics include initial training, continuous training, coaching activities and study visits as well as participants from within and outside of the EU, but they do not include figures related to the Centre’s Master programme. The figures moreover include both open enrolment activities and activities financed partially (e.g. through DG Justice action grants) and fully through contracts awarded to EIPA by EU and national institutions. They do not, however, include magistrates and lawyers trained under the EIPA-led Euromed Justice III project.

International partnerships/agreements

EIPA is part of the European Public Administration Network (EUPAN).

EIPA ECJL has entered bilateral cooperation agreements with national judicial training institutions in a number of EU Member States and candidate countries.

Through the years, EIPA has worked – and continues to work – on a project-by-project basis with the national judicial training institutions throughout Europe as well as with European-level associations for various legal professions, e.g. the Council of the Notariats of the European Union (CNUE), the European Chamber of Bailiffs (CEHJ) and the Council of the Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE).

History

EIPA was founded in 1981 as an autonomous non-profit foundation providing targeted training on European Integration issues addressing the needs of the national authorities (including the Judiciary) of the European Union's Member States and the European Institutions. Today, 22 EU Member States + Norway are members of EIPA.

In 1992, EIPA established its first antenna, the European Centre for Judges and Lawyers, in Luxembourg, with the specific objective of providing training for the Judiciary and public as well as private practicing lawyers on the interpretation and application of Community –now, EU law.

In 2012, EIPA’s European Centre for Judges and Lawyers adopted a targeted topical approach towards its main target groups. Specifically for members of the judiciary (incl. non-magistrate staff) as well as the other legal professions, the Centre’s activities focus on the provision of tailored and practice oriented training programmes as well as consultancy and coaching, which aim at disseminating not only knowledge, but also practical know-how and good practices as well as contributing to cross-border confidence building.

Contact details

EIPA Luxembourg – European Centre for Judges and Lawyers

2, circuit de la Foire Internationale, 1347 Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG

E-mail: Link opens in new windowinfo-lux@eipa.eu

Number of staff: 15

Legal status: Non-profit foundation

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EUROPEAN JUDICIAL TRAINING NETWORK (EJTN)

Dedicated to excellence in European judicial training, EJTN is the principal platform and promoter for the training and exchange of knowledge of the European judiciary. It represents the interests of over 120,000 European judges, prosecutors and judicial trainers across Europe in various training fields such as EU civil, criminal and commercial law, linguistics and societal issues.

EJTN’s vision is to help fostering a common legal and judicial European culture. Its mandate is to help build a European area of justice and to promote knowledge of the European Union legal systems, thereby enhancing the understanding, confidence and cooperation between judges and prosecutors within EU Member States. Further, EJTN identifies training needs and develops training standards and curricula, coordinates judicial training exchanges and programmes, disseminates training expertise and know-how and promotes cooperation between EU judicial training institutions.

The year 2015 witnessed continuing growth of the Network, allowing EJTN to train 5032 judges and prosecutors, from all EU Member States, through 1815 exchanges and 84 seminars. This is a growth of 14.38% in the number of training days offered compared to the previous year’s figures. This success was complemented with the further widening of EJTN’s activities portfolio.

EJTN’s recent evolution opened new possibilities to further develop, not only reinforcing its core endeavours, but also forging new partnerships, particularly through the signing in June 2014 of the Memorandum of Understanding with several European judicial networks and associations.

Finally, EJTN’s achievements were lauded in the Council Conclusions ‘Link opens in new windowTraining of legal practitioners: an essential tool to consolidate the EU acquis’ (2014/C 443/04), where it was stated that, at EU level, the EJTN is best placed to coordinate, through its Members, national training activities and to develop a cross-border training offer for judges and prosecutors.

2016: towards the future

EJTN’s key outcomes can be represented as follows:

- Further strengthened the Network, with reference to the objectives set in the 2011 EC Communication and in the EU Justice Agenda for 2020 by increasing the number of training activities, broadening the scope of trainings - adding new fields of law as well as non-legal trainings for judges and prosecutors and last but not least increasing their quality by subjecting them to the extensive evaluation process and liaising with numerous partners when developing training activities;

- Improved coordination and assistance to national training institutions, Members and Observers, so as to facilitate and enhance their training offers by significant development of the EJTN Catalogue and Catalogue+ as well as by organizing networking platforms and training events;

- Increased performance across existing financial and methodological means as well provided expertise and know-how through EJTN’s networking by offering activities devoted to identification and dissemination of best training practices and training methodology.

These outcomes contribute to the strategic goals set for the period 2014–2020:

- To continue to foster mutual trust between judges and prosecutors from different European legal systems;

- To increase the level of knowledge of EU law among the European judiciary;

- To assure high standards of quality of European judicial training and promote high standards of quality for national judicial training.

- To foster the early development of a judge’s and prosecutor’s European profile;

- To strive towards an increased networking function of EJTN;

- To strive towards a more effective external cooperation;

- In the interest of maintaining judicial independence, to reinforce as far as possible, the primacy of the role of EJTN in all areas of judicial training at the EU level.

EJTN ACTIONS

Judicial exchanges

Through immersion in a foreign judicial environment, judicial exchanges can lead to exchanges of best practices, expertise and knowledge and to a stronger feeling of belonging to a common judicial culture.

The Exchange Programme has registered an exponential growth since its creation in 2005. In 2015, EJTN proudly celebrated 10 years of the Exchange Programme for Judicial Authorities. The number of beneficiaries and participating countries as well as the types of activities offered is in continuous growth: at its beginning, in 2005, the EU judges and prosecutors taking part to the exchanges were 169; in 2015 they were 1815.

Along the years, a wider spectrum of exchange opportunities has also been developed, so to diversify the proposed training actions and meet different needs of the judiciaries:

- Short-term exchanges in the courts of the EU Member States (1 to 2 weeks);

- Long-term training periods (from 3 to 12 months) at the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Court of Human Rights and EUROJUST;

- Specialised exchanges: a recent innovation involving exchanges between judges and prosecutors specialised in various areas of law, such as environmental law, refugee law, labour law or competition law.

- Professional exchanges and study visits on counter terrorism and radicalization: another new type of exchange introduced from 2015, in reply to crescent needs and priorities of EU magistracies;

- Bilateral exchanges between courts or prosecutor’s offices of the EU Member States, also launched in 2015, where a group of practitioners from the same court/prosecutor’s office visit together a court/prosecutor’s office of another EU Member State with a view to develop experiences, best practices and develop cooperation

- Exchanges for judicial trainers focusing on training methodology, including best practices identified in the report drafted by EJTN within the pilot project on European judicial training, which was proposed by the European Parliament in 2012 and executed by the European Commission in 2013-2014.

EJTN intends to further develop its offer of exchanges for the EU judiciary with the introduction, as of 2016, of exchanges specifically dedicated to court presidents and heads of prosecutor’s offices of the EU Member States.

AIAKOS Programme

This programme offers two week exchanges (one week abroad and one week at home with foreign colleagues) for mixed groups of national and foreign judicial trainees or newly appointed judges and prosecutors to other European initial training schools, courts and prosecution offices.

The main aim of this project is to raise the awareness of the beneficiaries for the European dimension of their (future) work and to foster mutual understanding of different European judicial cultures and systems. In 2015, 401 EU future judges and prosecutors took part to the AIAKOS Programme.

Study Visits

Two to five days study visits to the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Court of Human Rights, Eurojust and European institutions in Brussels allow judges, prosecutors and trainers from all across Europe to familiarize themselves with the functioning of these institutions, as well as to exchange expertise, experiences and best practices.

In 2015, nearly 400 judges and prosecutors took part in EJTN study visits.

Training workshops and seminars

Criminal Justice Seminars

Mutual trust and confidence form the foundation of an effective application of criminal justice within the European Union area. Judicial training within the criminal justice field ensures smooth cross-border cooperation, recognition of judgments in criminal matters as well as practitioners’ confidence in each other’s Criminal justice systems.

In this area, EJTN promotes innovative training models (learn by doing) through the Criminal Justice Seminars, aiming to reinforce a better understanding about the current EU legal framework of criminal justice to enable practitioners to cooperate with each other across borders.

The reinforcement of the cooperation between different European bodies and EJTN is the bedrock of projects developed by EJTN in the field of criminal justice. The role of EJN and Eurojust at EJTN seminars is that of main actors that foster judicial cooperation in criminal matters. The cooperative JITs seminars with CEPOL, and in

collaboration with the JITs Network, enable judicial and law enforcement officials to improve cross-border cooperation in complex investigations. In addition, EJTN and the European Network for investigation and prosecution of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes (The Genocide Network) implemented together a successful training programme on core international crimes and its impact in the EU.

Procedural Safeguards in Criminal Proceedings in the EU seminars ( a new set of seminars to be implemented in 2016) are aimed at offering a better understanding and providing an overview of criminal defence rights under EU law through a set of Directives designed to strengthen procedural safeguards (interpretation and translation, information and access to a lawyer).

In 2015, more than 400 participants took part to Criminal justice seminars.

Linguistics Project

EJTN is focusing special attention to designing linguistic projects for the training of the EU judiciary in legal English and legal French. Each year since 2011, several legal language seminars on judicial cooperation in criminal/civil matters have been organised in various EU Member States. The courses aim at developing both the legal and linguistics skills of the participants by combining legal information and language exercises in a practical and dynamic way. They aim also at creating the conditions for establishing direct contacts between legal practitioners of the different EU Member States in order to promote a common European legal culture.

EJTN’s 2015 Linguistics Programme offered a rich array of training opportunities for Europe’s judiciary: besides the linguistic training on judicial cooperation in criminal/civil matters, it included linguistics training in human rights and eLearning training modules.

In addition to the seminars, the Linguistics Programme delivered an updated Handbook addressing both the English and French vocabulary associated with criminal law.

The Linguistic handbook is available in electronic format Link opens in new windowhere.

The milestone of 1000 judges and prosecutors trained in linguistics activities since the implementation of the first linguistic seminar (that took place in February 2011) was reached in 2015, a year which saw the participation of more than 300 European legal practitioners from over 20 EU Member States to the EJTN’s Linguistics Programme within the civil, criminal and human rights fields.

Administrative Law Project

The Administrative Law Sub-Working Group is the expression of EJTN’s commitment to addressing the training needs of all judicial practitioners across Europe, offering a set of trainings in fields as diverse as EU public procurement, asylum law, alternative dispute resolution (ADR), human rights and access to justice, tax law, and much more. At these trainings, participants learn more about their counterparts across Europe while discussing key legal issues with leading experts in the corresponding fields. In addition, the European Court of Human Rights offers participants the opportunity to attend a Grand Chamber hearing and discuss the outcome of different proceedings with current and former court officials. In 2015, the Administrative Law SWG joined forces with partners – from the Association of Judges for Mediation (GEMME), the Association of European Administrative Judges (AEAJ) and the International Association of Refugee Law Judges (IARLJ) co-organizing high-quality trainings in human rights, ADR, and asylum law. The project also received the support of current and former European Commission, ECHR and CJEU officials, as well as the Council of Europe’s HELP Programme, to deliver trainings based on peer-exchanges and practical exercises. With a view to increasing the outreach of its activities, the Administrative Law SWG remains committed to annually podcasting at least two of its trainings. 2015 brought with it both a podcast on public procurement and EU asylum law training.

In 2015, over 200 judges, prosecutors and judicial trainers attended the Administrative Law SWG training actions.

Civil Justice Project

The CiLaw project aims to improve judicial cooperation in civil law matters and focuses on the development of the participating countries’ legal systems and judicial culture as well as the main aspects of EU law. The key topics of the civil law seminars are family law, company law, European procedural law and commercial law.

The Civil Law project offers two-day long training activities aimed at judges and prosecutors across the 28 EU member States.

Within the scope of the Civil Law seminars, future actions will involve pursuing a broader spectrum of fields, so as to give a more complete offering for the training needs of EU justice professionals. The EJTN Civil Law SWG implements further pod-castbased seminars in 2016 as well, granting all interested EU professionals free access to the training programmes. Under the framework of cooperation with EJTN project partners and always seeking new training challenges, Civil Law SWG plans to cooperate with the European Association of Judges for Mediation (GEMME) in implementing the successfully-repeated training event on European Civil Procedure in Family Law matters.

During 2015 239 EU magistrates took part to Civil law seminars.

Judicial Training Methods

The Judicial Training Methods (JTM) actions were officially inaugurated in 2015 and the opportunities leading to the creation its Working Group replied to the following needs:

• Sharing good judicial training practices among EU justice professionals, while setting up new approaches towards knowledge and training delivery,

• The need to combine judicial training with the quality of justice.

The JTM can be seen as a fil rouge with all the other implemented EJTN actions since its aim consists of proposing the most efficient and concrete training methodologies as well as strengthening the dissemination of best practices, which are essential requirements for any judicial training action.

In 2015, the works of the WG JTM were arranged according to three topical themes and three main fields of action: Evaluation/assessment, Craftsmanship and Leadership.

With clear focus on the tools, it has updated the Link opens in new windowEJTN Handbook on Judicial Training Methodology in Europe (formerly known as the Training the Trainers Handbook – published in 2013), to be more easily shared and accessible. Moreover, evaluation questionnaires and a manual on training assessment have been drafted to favor the exchange of best practices among national training institutions.

In its first year of action there have been 131participants to JTM actions.

Themis Competition for the European judiciary

The EJTN THEMIS Competition is open to judicial trainees from across Europe and aims to foster an exchange of views and develop new approaches on topics related to international civil and criminal cooperation, human rights and judicial deontology The main objective of the THEMIS Competition is to bring together future magistrates from different European countries in order to enable them to share common values, exchange new experiences and discuss new perspectives in areas of common interest.

This competition is organised by EJTN every year and it is open to judicial trainees from all training institutions that are Members or Observers of EJTN. Teams of three judicial trainees, accompanied by one teacher/tutor, may enrol in the Competition which consists of four semi-final rounds and a grand final. The winner and runner up of each semi-final will enter the grand final. The prize for the winning team is a one-week study visit, organised and financed by EJTN, in any European judicial institution. The topics of the semi-finals and the grand final are different; in 2015, they concerned International Cooperation in Criminal Matters, International Judicial Cooperation in Civil Matters (European Family law), International Judicial Cooperation in Civil Matters (European Civil procedure), Judicial Ethics and Professional Conduct, Right to a Fair Trial (Art 47 EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and Art 6 ECHR).

In 2015, 44 teams entered the THEMIS competition for the overall number of 164 participants.

Catalogue

The EJTN General Catalogue has existed since 2003. It is a catalogue of training activities organised and selected by EJTN’s Members and offered to the entire judiciary of the EU Member States. In 2015, 16 judicial institutions offered 216 seminars for the General Catalogue of the EJTN. The main topics covered by the General Catalogue included professional practices, societal issues, linguistics, judicial skills, human rights, forensics, European international law, criminal law, civil law and administrative law. The total number of foreign participants in the 2015 General Catalogue programme was 1407.

Catalogue+ of training activities in all Member States

The purpose of this project is to give European magistrates the opportunity to attend a training course organised by the judicial training institutions that are Members of EJTN. In 2015, 17 judicial institutions participated in the project, each of them organising a seminar on a topic of law. In total, 280 places were offered to foreign participants. As a measure of success of the programme, there was a 72% rate of uptake of the total number of training places being offered, reaching 206 foreign participants. Additionally, 1251 national participants took part in the Catalogue+ seminars offered by their respective national training institutions. For the year 2015, a total of 1457 magistrates received training.

Counter terrorism seminars

Launched in 2015, it’s a comprehensive training programme on Countering Terrorism and Radicalisation to Violent Extremism.

EJTN has been expanding for over a decade to meet the challenges facing the European judiciary. The pressing need for joint and coordinated action and training programmes focused on the root causes of violent extremism and the prevention of radicalisation, as well as judicial and law enforcement cooperation in the fight against terrorism and the exchange of best practices on the investigation, prosecution, rehabilitation and reintegration of terrorist offenders, have been repeatedly stressed by a number of recent high-level statements, and, unfortunately, highlighted by recent events across Europe. It was in this context that the European Commission entrusted the EJTN, together with its Members and partners, with the development of a comprehensive training programme on Countering Terrorism and Radicalisation to Violent Extremism, to be implemented between September 2015 and May 2016 and tailored to the needs of the relevant stakeholders and practitioners across the EU. This project provides judges, prosecutors and other justice sector professionals with a unique forum to exchange experiences and best practices with their counterparts across Europe, to discuss the most recent legal developments and challenges in the prosecution and adjudication of cases involving foreign terrorist fighters and other violent extremist offenders, and to address issues of radicalisation and the mechanisms for its prevention and detection.

In its first year of action, more than hundred EU magistrates attended Counter-terrorism seminars.

E-Tools

EJTN invests in developing various eTools in order to broaden the reach of judicial training opportunities as well as to provide necessary resources to those who manage judicial training programmes and content.

There is an ever-present need to disseminate judicial training and knowledge

across a wider reach. There is also a need to improve the administrative efficiency of managing judicial programmes and their participants. Equally important, those parties

planning or producing judicial training opportunities need access to information and contacts in order to work effectively. E-Tools cater to all of these needs. EJTN has made available many types of eTools. These include various online platforms, an online programme application system, eLearning and blended learning courses, podcasts and webinars and a collection of virtual resources. Examples:

- A Networking platform, which forms an essential virtual collaboration space for those working on EJTN’s projects. It also houses several essential tools such as the expertise database and the Exchange of information on EC calls platform

- EJTN maintains 4 eLearning courses, which are freely open to all

- Podcast and webinars.

EJTN Partners:

  • European Commission
  • Court of Justice of the European Union
  • European Court of Human Rights
  • Council of Europe
  • Cepol
  • European Asylum Support Office
  • Eurojust
  • Genocide Network – European Network for Investigation and prosecution of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes
  • Joint Investigation teams
  • Network of the Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ)
  • Association of the Councils of State and Supreme Administrative Jurisdictions of the European Union (ACA- Europe)
  • European Judicial Network (EJN)
  • International Association of Refugee Law Judges (IARLJ)
  • Association of European Competition Law Judges (AECJL)
  • European Association of Judges for Mediation (GEMME)
  • European Association of Labour Court Judges (EALCJ)
  • European Union Forum of Judges for the Environment (EUFJE)
  • European network of Prosecutors for the Environment (ENPE)
  • Network of Public Prosecutors or equivalent institutions at the Supreme Judicial Courts of the Member States of the European Union (NADAL)
  • Association of European Administrative Judges (AEAJ)
  • International Association for European Cooperation on Justice and Home Affairs (EUCOJUST)
  • Max Plank Institute

Past milestones

Founded in 2000, the EJTN is a non-profit international organisation.

  • 1999: Informal meetings held between some of the heads of judicial training institutions in the EU.
  • 2000: Creation of the European Judicial Training Network (Charter of Bordeaux).
  • 2003: Becomes a Belgian non-profit making international organisation and acquires legal status.
  • 2004: Undertakes organisational reform to ensure proper financial capacity and welcomes judicial training institutions from new EU Member States.
  • 2005: Establishes a permanent Secretariat in Brussels.
  • 2006: Awarded authority from the European Commission for the implementation of the first annual Exchange Programmes of the Judiciary.
  • 2008: Celebrates key milestones in number of completed judicial exchanges and available training Catalogue offerings.
  • 2009: Recognised as key stakeholder in furthering EU e-Justice strategy.
  • 2010: Launch of EJTN’s first own training programmes
  • 2012: Representing continued robust growth, the mark of 2400 participants was surpassed on EJTN’s various training activities (excluding those of the EJTN Catalogue).
  • 2013: European Commission lauds EJTN’s achievements by confirming its paramount role in judicial training, i.e. Regulation (EU) 1382/2013 granting EJTN an operating grant for the period 2014/2020 under the new EU Justice Programme
  • 2014: EJTN signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with 12 European networks and associations for future cooperation in the area of judicial training
  • EJTN’s fundamental importance within the sphere of European judicial training is recognized by the Council of the European Union.

Contact details

Address: Rue du Commerce 123, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium

Legal status: Association internationale sans but lucratif (aisbl) under Belgian Law

E-mail: Link opens in new windowejtn@ejtn.eu;

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Last update: 24/01/2019

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