Using EU Civil Justice Instruments





Using EU Civil Justice Instruments

Development of training materials and organisation of test seminars


Under the Specific Programme “Civil Justice” of the European Commission, ERA implemented together with 16 judicial training bodies and bar associations from 15 Member States and the support of the European Judicial Training Network, a project regarding European legislative instruments for cross-border cooperation in civil matters.

The main objective was to develop training materials to aid legal practitioners to actively apply the EU acquis in the area of civil justice.

Training materials

The training materials consist of comprehensive case studies and cover the following topics:

  • Topic 1: “Cross-border civil litigation”
  • Topic 2: “European cross-border procedures”
  • Topic 3: “Conflict of laws”

Coordinating meeting

Once developed, the training materials were presented and discussed with national experts – appointed by the project’s partners – in the framework of a 2.5day coordinating meeting. The objectives of the coordinating meeting were:

  • To familiriase the national experts with the content of the materials
  • To conduct a first evaluation of the developed case studies
  • To equip the national experts with a framework for the organisation of future national training on the topics covered by the project.

Series of test seminars

23 interactive 1.5-day test seminars were organised throughout Europe on the basis of the developed training materials.

  • 20 national test seminars, organised by the partners allowed training of judges/lawyers at a purely national level and enriched the training materials by adding translations in 11 official EU languages.
  • 3 pan-European test seminars, organised by ERA offered the opportunity to implement the training materials in a genuine European context.

The test seminars offered ca. 550 legal practitioners from all over Europe innovative and in-depth training of some of the main topics in the area of EU civil justice.

For more information on the dates, target groups and topics of the test seminars, please consult the Calendar of activities.






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