Judging Judges: Judicial Accountability Standards under EU Law

18th March 2021 @ 4:00 pm – 5:45 pm Europe/Rome Timezone

The Centre for Judicial Cooperation invites you to:

Judging Judges: Judicial Accountability Standards under EU Law


Raluca Bercea | National Association of the Romanian Bars

Mariavittoria Catanzariti | Centre for Judicial Cooperation

Rita de Brito Giao Hanek | Lisbon Centre for Research in Public Law (CIDP)

Jaroslaw Gwizdak | Institute for Law and Society (INPRIS)

Gabor Halmai | European University Institute

Madalina Moraru | Centre for Judicial Cooperation

Thursday 18 March 2021

16.00 – 17.45 (CET) on Zoom

This is the third webinar that is organised within the framework of the  project TRIIAL – TRust, Independence, Impartiality and Accountability of legal  practitioners safeguarding the rule of Law under the  EU  Charter. The TRIIAL project, which was funded by the European Union’s Justice Programme (2014-2020), under G.A. no 853832, provides freely accessible training activities and tools for judges, lawyers, prosecutors, and arbitrators on the European rule of law, mutual trust, judicial independence, impartiality and accountability.

This event is dedicated to discussing recent case law from the CJEU and the ECtHR on judicial accountability standards, the challenges faced by national courts on applying these standards, and whether and how judicial interactions can assist the enforcement of the rule of law in Europe. The first speaker will discuss the scope and limits of the freedom of speech of judges through the lens of ECtHR case law. The second speaker, a former civil judge will address the challenges faced by Polish courts in ensuring the respect of CJEU standards on disciplinary sanctions against the judiciary in Poland.  The third presentation will focus on defamation lawsuits brought by judges and respective ECtHR case law against Portugal for violation of freedom of expression. The final presentation will look at the future and consider two pending preliminary rulings sent by Romanian courts concerning disciplinary sanctions and civil liability of judges adopted in the context of controversial reforms of the Romanian judicial system: what role can the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) established at the time of Romania’s accession to the European Union play in the fight for justice and rule of law? Moreover, which ECtHR caselaw should inspire the CJEU in the currently pending cases on the Romanian justice system reform.

The speakers will present the key aspects of these cases and the reasoning developed, and will then reflect on the implications of these decisions with scholars and practitioners from the institutions involved the TRIIAL project.

For more information about the Centre for Judicial Cooperation and the TRIIAL Project as well as past TRIIAL webinars, follow this link: https://cjc.eui.eu/projects/triial/

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