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.
ERA works with all practitioners of law:
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:
ERA also provides:
ERA’s training programmes cover the full range of EU law:
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:
A founding member of the European 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 Council of the Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), the Council of the Notariats of the European Union (CNUE), the European 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 European Foundation Centre.
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 27 EU Member States, among others, have joined the foundation.
Number of staff: 74
Legal status: ERA is a non-profit public foundation.
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