Call for experts to assist the European Commission…

September 23rd, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

in the framework of the management of the justice programme and the rights, equality and citizenship programme (2014-2020).


Areas covered by the call for expressions of interest include European criminal law, training of legal practitioners, national and EU activities in the area of access to justice, including legal aid, and many more. Please see here for the list of areas (point 7). Practitioners with good experience in their field of work are needed to help DG Justice in evaluating projects. Experience with project evaluations is not a pre-condition. Detailed information on the tasks to be carried out and the remuneration can be found here. Experts who are interested, can register here.

European Court of Human Rights: New Search Engine

September 6th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

Information taken from the Court’s website:

02/09/2016 – The Court has recently created a new search engine (“SOP” – State of Proceedings) which allows anyone to find out what stage has been reached in the proceedings concerning an application. It provides information on all cases that have been allocated to a judicial formation and are not anonymous. The information will be accessible two months after each procedural event. The search engine exists in English, French, Italian and Portuguese, but will shortly be available on the “Applicants” pages, in 36 official languages of the Council of Europe member States.

Search for a case

HELP: course on Data Protection and Privacy Rights

September 6th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

HELP published yesterday a new and free online ‘HELP in the 28’ course on Data Protection and Privacy Rights, click here for details on the course.

An independent, qualified and ethical exercise of the profession

September 1st, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink


The international conference on the role of Bars for an ‘Independent, qualified and ethical exercise of the profession’ in Tbilisi, on 20-21 June 2016, in Georgia, discussed, inter alia, best practices for lawyers’ training. Over sixty representatives from 14 countries, including the CCBE First-Vice President Ruthven Gemmell, presented their training systems. The discussions showed that the training systems are more or less similar (law degree, practical training, bar exam), except for Turkey which has no bar exam (see post of 25 February 2016). Lithuania is considering introducing a unified exam for advocates, judges and prosecutors. As for continuous training, discussions showed that in all countries, Bars are in charge of continous training, including its management. The required number of hours or credits differs from country to country. The training working group discussions concluded that the best practices will differ from country to country, given that training activities must respond to the needs of lawyers in any given country. The exchange of experiences between other countries is always helpful. Teaching in legal ethics is crucial. A report on the conference, containing details of the presentations, can be downloaded here.