The CJC specific training methodology is based on the premise that judicial training is a continuous process which should be the result of mutual exchange and learning between academics and legal practitioners, and between legal practitioners from different jurisdictions, Member States, and legal traditions. Our methodology includes a toolkit that offers not only basic, detailed information but also stimulates the active engagement of legal practitioners with the practical problems concerning the scope and application of fundamental rights.
The objectives of the CJC training methodology are the following:
– Creation of a common legal culture
– Enhancement of mutual trust and exchange
– Dissemination of judicial interaction techniques.
Therefore, the training tools elaborated by the CJC are not the result of an academic exercise; rather, they are based on direct and continuous collaboration with the legal practitioners, selecting and testing the most relevant issues, and consequently national and European cases, that are then included in the training tools made available to the public.
Given that there is an increasing body of rules that are not only based, but also influenced and affected by EU law in many fields, legal practitioners may have difficulties in understanding the boundary between purely national and “unionised” legal rules, which have to be benchmarked against a different set of fundamental principles.
In this sense, the CJC toolkit provides for a full-fledged training where the EU’s most recent legislative and judicial intervention are analysed from both the European and national perspectives.
Online Training Courses
e-NACT 0 is an introductory additional course allowing all the learners to test and update their knowledge on the general principles connected with triggering the application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights in national contexts.Find Out More
This course offers an overview of the main challenges in the protection of what can be considered a cornerstone of European democracies: freedom of expression. Taking the protection afforded by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the European Convention of Human Rights, the course will guide you through different facets of freedom of expression, showing you how far each citizen may exercise his right but also when the State may legitimately limit the possibility to speak out.Find Out More
The course takes learners across the general presentation of the varieties of contexts where children’s rights emerge. In doing so, it builds on the guiding principle of the best interest of the child both in the EU and international context.Find Out More [EN] Find Out More [FR]
This course offers an overview of the main challenges in the protection of social rights, easily one of the most sensitive topics in EU politics. Contrary to other legal systems solely dedicated to the protection of social rights (such as the International Labour Organisation or the European Social Charter of the Council of Europe), the EU has a broader political and economic agenda.Find Out More
This course will provide an overview of one of the crucial areas of law, namely the right to the protection of personal data and the right to privacy, provided by Articles 8 and 7 of the EU Charter.Find Out More
The course is aimed at providing the audience with knowledge and skills on a very sensitive topic, especially since many migrants moving from third countries to Member States are in vulnerable conditions.Find Out More
Residential Training Courses
OverviewThe cross-border workshop will discuss the rights and duties of national judges, attorneys and prosecutors as regards the enforcement of rule of law standards. More and more judges and prosecutors are turning to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) for the protection of judicial independence and rule of law standards. These Courts have developed a robust framework of rule of law standards during the last decade, which impact all aspects of national judges’ activities from institutional issues related to judicial organisation (e.g. composition of judicial councils, judicial liability mechanisms, appointment of judges, and status of justices of peace) to individual aspects related to the exercise of activities outside the judicial function and freedom of expression. Furthermore, in an interconnected European legal order based on the principle of mutual trust, undermining judicial independence in one member state is of outmost relevance for other member states. As is evidenced by the CJEU judgements in C-216/18 LM and C-354/20 Openbaar Ministerie, rule of law developments in other member states impact even the countries where rule of law is most deeply entrenched. As mutual trust cannot be blind trust, national judges are in fact called on to act as guardians of European rule of law by ascertaining whether a person sought under a European arrest warrant will be granted effective judicial protection in the requesting state, and whether an asylum seeker can be transferred to a member state with rule of law issues. Within a context of national constitutional courts diverging from the jurisprudence of the ECtHR and CJEU, domestic judges have been faced with the difficult task of reconciling the constitutional jurisprudence with the evolving CJEU and ECtHR jurisprudence on rule of law. This cross-border workshop aims to provide legal practitioners with an update of the EU and ECHR standards on rule of law and discuss concrete examples of how judicial dialogue can help judges address conflicts between EU and national constitutional norms on the rule of law, judicial independence, impartiality, accountability and freedom of expression of legal professionals. 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 groupJudges, public prosecutors and attorneys 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 ECHR. 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.
ApplicationThe deadline for the submission of applications is 26th of May 2023. Submit your application, including the documents mentioned below, to firstname.lastname@example.org You should mention in the title of your email whether you want to participate in-person or online. Italian judges are invited to submit their applications to:email@example.com. For questions, please contact Gianluca Grasso at: firstname.lastname@example.org Romanian attorneys are invited to submit their applications to: email@example.com. For questions, please contact Prof. Raluca Bercea at: firstname.lastname@example.org The following documents shall be attached to the application:
- CV in English (including a section on proof of knowledge of English)
- A short motivation letter (max 2 pages) outlining the candidate’s specific reasons for applying to a Workshop on Enforcing the Rule of Law through Judicial Interaction Techniques (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)
Selection ProcedureThe assessment of applications will be based on the following criteria:
- Gender and age balanced;
- Geographically balanced;
- Diversity of legal competences: the call is open to civil, administrative, and criminal judges; in addition, public prosecutors or state attorneys can also apply.
- Balance in the judicial hierarchy: both higher and lower instance courts shall be represented among selected participants;
- Trainers will have priority in selection (please refer to relevant training responsibilities in your CV);
- Knowledge of and experience with fundamental rights and rule of law issues;
- Good knowledge of English;
- 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. In exceptional cases, deviations are subject to express and prior permission of the Coordinating Unit (Centre for Judicial Cooperation, EUI)
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 able to identify the standard of effective judicial protection under Article 47 EU CFR and the role of the ECHR and the case law of the Strasbourg Court to determine it;
- You will become familiar with the procedural steps through which the existence of a duty to pursue or suspend horizontal judicial cooperation exists;
- You will become familiar with the allocation of the burden of proof in cases concerning the implications of rule of law problems on mutual trust, as well as understand how that burden can be satisfied;
- You will be able to establish whether the solution of the pending case requires the involvement of the Court of Justice through the reference for preliminary ruling;
- You will be able 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;
- You will understand how to implement the relevant case law of the Court of Justice in your case;
- You will acquire the ability to relate the knowledge acquired to the cases you are dealing with in your legal practice;
- You will be able to create and design new arguments to convincingly plead your case where issues concerning mutual trust and the rule of law arise;
- You will become part of a network of legal practitioners and scholars dealing with similar issues that could provide support for future questions.