European Parliament: Workshop on ‘The Training of Judges and Legal Practitioners’

March 21st, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

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The chair of the CCBE Training Committee, Pier Giovanni Traversa, will speak on this occasion on the training of lawyers.

The draft programme of the workshop is available here.

Obstacles to EU citizens’ freedom to move and work in the Internal Market

March 17th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

On 15 March 2017, the European Parliament adopted a Resolution on ‘Obstacles to EU citizens’ freedom to move and work in the Internal Market’ (which can be downloaded here). Concerning professional qualifications and continuous professional development, it states that the Parliament:

17.  Is concerned about the difficulties encountered by petitioners in getting their professional qualifications recognised across Europe; calls for further standardisation of academic titles and continuous education diplomas by Member States, systemic use of the Internal Market Information System (IMI) to ensure better administrative cooperation and simpler and faster procedures for the recognition of professional qualifications and of continuous professional development requirements needed by qualified professionals planning to work in another Member State, avoiding any kind of discrimination, in line with the settled case-law of the Court of Justice, while respecting the requirements of the host country in full compliance with Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications;

2017 Justice Work Programme

March 15th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

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The European Commission has now published the 2017 Justice Work Programme (click here).

As mentioned on the Commission website and relevant documents:

The Commission will continue to support activities and actions developed by public authorities, universities, NGOs, and other organisations in the field of: Judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters; Judicial training; Access to justice, including rights of victims of crime, and rights of the defence; Drugs initiatives.

As in the previous years, significant resources will be devoted to the training of judges, prosecutors and other legal practitioners on civil and criminal law instruments. Training is key for the correct application of the already adopted instruments and building bridges between different justice systems. [See page 17 and following.]

2017 calls for proposals for operating and action grants are expected to be published by the end of March 2017 on the Participant Portal.

World Bank Comparative Analysis of Bars and Law Societies

March 14th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

The report analyses and compares the structure, role and tasks of Bars and Law Societies in select European jurisdictions: Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, England and Wales, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Serbia, and Spain.

As far as ‘Entrance to the Bar‘ is concerned, the Report states:

“The requirements for entrance to the bar are similar across the selected jurisdictions. To qualify as a member to the bar in EU jurisdictions, a person needs to hold a master’s degree in law (LL.M.) from an EU or EEA country. Practical legal work experience is also required, as well as passing the Bar Exam and taking the oath. Once the person becomes a member of the bar, he or she is required to pay an entrance fee and/or annual or monthly fees. Membership in a bar is the normal step to becoming a full-fledged lawyer and to gain the right to practice the profession and represent clients before the court.” (For details, see pages 10 and following of the Report).

The report can be downloaded here.

HELP: Course on the Right to Property

March 10th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

HELP has published this new free online course which can be accessed here. The course covers the Right to Property enshrined in Article 1 of Protocol No. 1 to the European Convention on Human Rights and the relevant case law of the European Court of Human Rights.

The course is available in English. National Training Institutions or Bars/Law Societies interested in developing national translations and adaptations of the course can contact the HELP Secretariat.

Concerns about getting professional qualifications recognised across Europe

March 9th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

The European Parliament Committee on Petitions will put a ‘Motion for a resolution on obstacles to EU citizens’ freedom to move and work in the internal market‘ to the next Plenary Session which will take place on 13-16 March 2017.

Amongst others, the Motion states that the Parliament:

17.  Is concerned about the difficulties encountered by petitioners in getting their professional qualifications recognised across Europe; calls for further standardisation of academic titles and continuous education diplomas by Member States, systemic use of the Internal Market Information System (IMI) to ensure better administrative cooperation and simpler and faster procedures for the recognition of professional qualifications and of continuous professional development requirements needed by qualified professionals planning to work in another Member State, avoiding any kind of discrimination, in line with the settled case-law of the Court of Justice, while respecting the requirements of the host country in full compliance with Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications;

An agenda for the modernisation of higher education

March 6th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

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The European Commission published on 28 February 2017 a Roadmap entitled ‘An agenda for the modernisation of higher eduation‘. The document can be downloaded here.

The Roadmap aims to inform stakeholders about the Commission’s work in order to allow them to provide feedback and to participate effectively in future consultation activities.

The Roadmap states that “Europe’s higher education systems are not contributing as well as they should to the EU’s economic development and social cohesion.” Amongst the three challenges to be tackled in the future figures: Higher education in Europe is not equipping enough people with the right skills for modern society. Too few graduates are leaving higher education with skills in fields where there is high demand (like computing, where there are significant skills shortages) and too many are leaving with poor basic skills and limited soft skills relevant for work and life in a modern democratic society (critical thinking, problem-solving, communication etc.)”

The Commission is planning to publish a Communication in the second quarter 2017 which will outline how the Commission believes the three main problems.

Cross Border Continuing Professional Development

March 3rd, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

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On the ocassion of last week’s meetings in Vienna, 40 Bars and Law Societies signed the CCBE Memorandum on Mutual Recognition of Lawyers’ Cross Border Continuing Professional Development. Please click here to access the Memorandum in English and French and the list of signatory Bars and Law Societies.

The aim of the Memorandum is to promote and facilitate the free movement of lawyers within CCBE member countries where Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is mandatory or recommended. The MOU does not suggest any change to existing CPD standards of quality. By signing the Memorandum, the signatory Bars and Law Societies have agreed that: The number of CPD course hours attended or CPD credits of the training courses obtained by lawyers enrolled in a Bar or Law Society of a member country, should be considered in their signatory jurisdiction of origin to help fulfil their requirements of CPD obligations, in accordance with national, regional or local rules or regulations and without prejudice to each national, regional or local evaluation system.”

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Signatory Bars and Law Societies

SAVE THE DATE: HELP Network Conference 2017

February 14th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

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The HELP Network Conference will take place on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 June 2017 (at the Council of Europe’s headquarters in Strasbourg). The theme of this year’s conference is: “HELP for Friendly Justice”. As with every year, the conference will allow for discussions among HELP members and partners on ways of enhancing training results and concrete implementation at the national level of the European Convention on Human Rights and on how to improve an effective co-operation among all national and international institutions. For more information, see Save-the-Date on HELP.

France: Report on the Future of the legal profession

February 8th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

The Report (in French) was prepared by Maître Kami HAERI and submitted to the French Ministry of Justice on 2 February 2017. The report contains recommendations for reforms in the lawyer’s profession in France, including initial and continuous training (see pages 122-124).