Cross-border training workshop Are National Higher Courts Securing Fundamental Rights?

19th March 2024 @ 9:19 am – 10:19 am Europe/Rome Timezone

Litigation Techniques towards Implementation of EU Acquis on RoL and Fundamental Rights

organised by CIDP – Lisbon Public Law Research Centre in Lisbon + online


Co-funded by the European Union



23-24 May 2024


21st of April 2024



In recent years, the jurisprudence of the European courts concerning judges and the systemic guarantees of judicial independence has increased.

This workshop aims at discussing the role of national apex courts in ensuring the fundamental rights protection standards required by the EU acquis as an essential element of the Rule of Law. Different litigation and judicial interaction techniques will be explored on the implementation of  fundamental rights enshrined in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, the European Convention of Human Rights alongside national constitutional rights, as applied by various Constitutional Courts and Supreme Civil and Administrative Courts throughout the Union. Our objective is not only to analyze current practices but also to chart a course towards enhanced judicial protection, realization, and enforcement of fundamental rights across the European Union.


Are National Higher Courts Securing Fundamental Rights?

Litigation Techniques towards the Implementation of the EU Acquis on Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights

Thursday 23 May

09h00       Welcome address

09h10       Presentation of TRIIAL 2 Toolkit on Rule of Law and Judicial Dialogue

09h25       Panel 1 – The bottom-up perspective (I): the view from Constitutional Courts

11h25       Coffee break

11h40       Working groups

13h00       Lunch

14h00       Presentation of TRIIAL 2 Thematic Booklet

14h15       Panel 2 – The bottom-up perspective (II): the view from other national higher courts

16h15       End of day 1

Friday 24 May

09h30       Panel 3 – The top-down perspective: the view from the Court of Justice of the EU and from the European Court of Human Rights

11h30       Coffee break

11h45       Working groups

13h00       End of day 2

Framework: This workshop is offered within the European Commission’s funded project TRIIAL 2 – Trust, Independence, Impartiality and Accountability of Legal professionals under the EU Charter (project no. 101089737, JUST-JTRA-EJTR-AG-2020). The TRIIAL 2 Project provides training activities and tools for judges, attorneys, and prosecutors on the European rule of law, mutual trust, judicial independence, impartiality and accountability (see the dedicated website here).

Target group

Judges, public prosecutors and legal practitioners from European Union (EU) countries. The training will be in English and opened to those with both basic and experienced knowledge of EU law and ECtHR jurisprudence.

The Workshop will host 40 participants, of which 15 will be in person and 25 online. Participation is free of charge.

For the 15 in-person participants, the travel, accommodation, and meals at the venue are covered by the organizer.

Participants will be provided with certificates of participation.


The deadline for the submission of applications is 21st of April 2024.

Submit your application, including the documents mentioned below, to

You should mention in the title of your email whether you want to participate in-person or online.

The following documents shall be attached to the application:

  1. CV in English (including a section on proof of knowledge of English)
  2. A short motivation letter (max 2 pages) outlining the candidate’s specific reasons for applying to a workshop (please describe how your professional activity correlates to the workshop’s field of interest and how you could both benefit from and contribute to the Workshop in this field)

For questions regarding the Workshop and the project, contact:

Selection Procedure

The assessment of applications will be based on the following criteria:

  1. Gender and age balanced;
  2. Geographically balanced;
  3. Balance in the judicial hierarchy: both higher and lower instance courts shall be represented among selected participants;
  4. Trainers will have priority in selection (please refer to relevant training responsibilities in your CV);
  5. Knowledge of and experience with fundamental rights and rule of law issues;
  6. Good knowledge of English;
  7. Single participation within the same Training Project (TRIIAL 2): in principle, no participant can take part in more than one Workshop among those offered within the TRIIAL 2 Project.

CIDP  will select 40 legal practitioners. After the exhaustion of the 15 in person places, the remaining ones will be allocated to online participation.

The results of the selection will be communicated by 27th of April 2024.

Outcome of the Workshop

  • You will receive a certificate of participation.
  • You will be able to understand and explain the main legal issues relating to the European rule of law (the training’s “core”).

You will be also able:

  • to understand and explain the main legal issues relating to the European rule of law;
  • to acquire the knowledge and the ability to assess the legal pathways that grant access to national higher courts when invoking fundamental rights and their procedural steps;
  • to establish whether the solution of the pending case requires the involvement of the Court of Justice through the reference for preliminary ruling;
  • to identify the role of the ECHR and the case law of the Strasbourg Court in national rulings;
  • to determine whether the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU is applicable in a certain case or not;
  • to understand how to implement the relevant case law of the Court of Justice in your case;
  • to find cases decided by the Court of Justice or national courts which can help you solving the pending case or supporting your legal arguments concerning some of the main fundamental rights, paving the way for a better judicial RoL protection and enforcement of fundamental rights within the European Union.
  • to become part of a network of legal practitioners, activists and scholars dealing with similar issues that could provide support for future questions.