This project on procedural rights in the EU aims at training legal practitioners for their daily work. As the transposition phases for all six Directives on procedural rights will expired on 11 June 2019, this project uses the momentum to look at the state of play of the new rights, their implementation and application, reflect on them and assess the needs for further ones, and look at their application in combination with new EU criminal law instruments such as the EIO. Furthermore, the training will show how the rights in question are applied through the developing case law of the CJEU.
A unique feature of the training events will be that judges, prosecutors, and defence lawyers as well as law legal interpreters and translators and prison and probation staff will be brought together in the same training.
In order to accompany the developments in the European criminal justice area, this project consists of a series of 4 seminars, each having a different focus:
- Seminar 1
- Seminar 2
- Seminar 3
- Seminar 4
The first event will be a conference aiming at presenting an update on the state of play regarding the six EU Directives on procedural rights and discussing the need for further measures at EU level. The conference will offer lectures and round-tables as well as discussions for 60 judges, prosecutors, defence lawyers, court interpreters as well as prison and probation staff from all over the EU. To allow for lively discussions, the conference will offer simultaneous interpretation in English and Portuguese.
The second seminar will be a training including lectures and workshops taking a detailed look at procedural rights in the context of the European Arrest Warrant as well as pre-trial detention and detention. Given the training character of the event, the number of participants is limited to 45.
The third seminar will be a training including lectures and workshops to present the numerous case law developed by the Court of Justice of the European Union with regard to the six procedural rights Directives. It will also include a study visit to a hearing at the CJEU. Given the training character of the event and the limited number of visitors to the CJEU, the number of participants is limited to 40.
The fourth seminar will be a training including lectures and workshops looking at procedural rights in the context of evidence gathering, especially with regard to the EIO and the forthcoming instruments regarding e-evidence such as the European Protection Order. New developments such as the new technical framework for the EIO will form part of this training. Given the training character of the event, the number of participants is limited to 45.