August 28th, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

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Third Annual StreetLaw Best Practice Conference: “Impact and Influence”

July 21st, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

 

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The theme for this year’s conference is Impact and Influence. The organisers ask that you send proposed abstracts around the theme of Impact, for inclusion in the programme, to Sue Bulleyand Lisa Woolley at Sheffield Hallam University.

For more information

ERA-CCBE Young lawyers Contest “EU Law in practice”

March 19th, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

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The “Academy of European Law in Trier” and the CCBE are organising the Young lawyers Contest “EU Law in practice” (September 6-7, 2018).

Aim of the contest

The contest will bring together young and newly-qualified lawyers to spotlight the importance of European law for their future legal practice.

In teams composed of contestants from different European countries, they will be challenged to apply their knowledge of European law in practical role-play scenarios. Under the watchful eye of a jury of leading European law practitioners, they will learn to work with peers from other legal cultures to build strong cases in areas as diverse as business law, criminal justice and human rights.

The contestants will be judged both on their knowledge of European law and on their advocacy skills in drafting written arguments, conducting negotiations and pleading before a judge.

The contest is an opportunity for national and regional Bars to encourage their young lawyers to get excited about European law and to learn how to use it to improve their day-to-day practice.

Format and award

The contest will consist of three rounds. A carefully selected jury will rank the teams after each round. Only the two best teams will go through to the third and final round.

All participants will receive membership of the Friends of ERA Association, giving them access to useful European law resources and a network of practitioners from across Europe.

The members of the winning team will receive a voucher for free participation in an ERA event of their choice, including the cost of travel and accommodation.

All participants will also receive a certificate which they can use to fulfil their required number of continuing training hours if their Bar permits.

The contest will be conducted in English. Participants should be able to use it as a working language.

Participation

The contest is open to trainee lawyers and newly qualified lawyers (in their first year after qualification) from the member Bars of the CCBE.

There will be eight teams, each of three contestants. Each participating Bar may register up to three contestants. If a Bar wishes to register more than three contestants, these will be placed on a reserve list.

Registrations will be processed in the order of their arrival.

Fees and expenses

The participation fee per contestant is €640. This covers all accommodation and catering for contestants, as well as the organisational expenses. Participating Bars will be asked to cover the travel costs of their participants.

Registration

Bars wishing to participate in the contest should inform the CCBE (ofarrell@ccbe.eu). The deadline to nominate contestants is 12 April 2018.

Additional information:  www.younglawyerscontest.eu

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Outcome of the CCBE Training conference

January 12th, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

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The CCBE Training conference took place on 14 December 2017 in Brussels at the L42 Business Centre (Rue de la Loi 42, 1040, Brussels).

The programme included panels on the transforming management of the law firm in the digital era, neuroscience and new discoveries on effective learning, innovative training tools such as MOOC, virtual reality, webinar, and finally guides to financing projects. Furthermore, the conference provided an introduction to the European Training Platform on the e-Justice portal, and represented a valuable opportunity for training providers and legal professionals to share best practices and innovative solutions for legal training.

Please find the available presentations of the speakers for the conference:

CCBE Training Conference Programme

CCBE Training Conference Presentation

Workshop 1a – Design thinking and legal design

Workshop 1b – EU funds for training of lawyers

Workshop 2 – Choosing the appropriate, innovative tools for training

Workshop 3 – Council of Europe: HELP in the EU

Report on European judicial training 2017

January 11th, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

On December 14, 2017 during the CCBE Training conference the European Commission presented the Report on European Judicial Training 2017.

This is the sixth report on training for legal practitioners (judges, prosecutors, court staff, bailiffs, lawyers and notaries) on EU law or on the national law of another Member State.

It is based on the results of a questionnaire sent in 2017 to Member States’ authorities, European networks of legal professionals (including the CCBE) and the main training providers at European level.

The report describes the progress towards the target set by the European Commission in 2011 (Communication “Building trust in EU-wide justice. A new dimension to European judicial training”) of ensuring that half of all legal practitioners in the EU are trained on EU law or on the national law of another Member State by 2020.

The discussion of the report will be organised during the CCBE Training Committee meeting on February 7, 2018 in Vienna.

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Legal English & Legal Skills – summer Course 2018!

January 9th, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

 

For the past four years, the Law Society of Ireland has organised a (summer) Legal English and Legal Skills course for foreign lawyers.

The course consists of one intensive week in Dublin (in July), where participants can develop their legal skills (presentation, interviewing, negotiation & drafting) in English. The programme includes a lecture on comparative legal ethics. It is also a good opportunity to see Ireland and meet colleagues from other jurisdictions.

The 2018 course will take place from 16 to 20 July.

Legal English Brochure 2018

Data collection for the 2016-2018 CEPEJ evaluation cycle

July 3rd, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

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Source: CEPEJ website

In June, the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) started collecting data for its next report on the  functioning of European judicial systems. The exercise also covers lawyers, including the training of lawyers:

151. Is there a specific initial training and/or exam to enter the profession of lawyer?

If not, please indicate if there are other specific requirements as regards diplomas or university degrees.

152. Is there a mandatory general system for lawyers requiring in-service professional training?

153. Is the specialisation in some legal fields linked to specific training, levels of qualification, specific diploma or specific authorisations?

The collection of the data from 2016 will end on 31 December 2017. It will then serve as basis for the preparation of the evaluation report which will be published in autumn 2018.

For more information see: evaluation grid and explanatory note.

UN Human Rights Council Resolutions on Judges and Lawyers

June 23rd, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

During its session from 6-23 June 2017, the UN Human Rights Council adopted Resolutions on the independence of the judiciary and lawyers, inluding the following:

11. Calls upon States, in collaboration with relevant national entities such as bar associations, associations of judges and prosecutors, and educational institutions, to provide adequate training, including human rights training, for judges, prosecutors and lawyers, both on initial appointment and periodically throughout their careers, taking into account regional and international human rights law and, where applicable and relevant, the concluding observations and decisions of human rights mechanisms, such as treaty bodies and regional human rights courts;

The full document can be download here.

Commission refers Greece to the Court of Justice over restrictions on mediation services

May 4th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

Press release of the European Commission of 27 April 2017:

Services: Commission refers GREECE to the Court of Justice over restrictions on mediation services

The European Commission has today decided to take Greece to the Court of Justice of the EU on the grounds that Greek legislation on providers of mediation training services and on the recognition of the professional qualifications of mediators obtained in other EU Member States is against EU law. Mediation is a process where two or more parties attempt to settle their dispute with the assistance of a mediator. In Greece, only non-profit companies set up by at least one Greek Bar association and one of the Greek Chambers are allowed to provide training to future mediators. The Commission considers that such requirements on legal form and shareholding structure are contrary to the freedom of establishment (Article 49 TFEU) as well as the Services Directive (Article 15 of Directive 2006/123/EC). The Commission also considers that in Greece, the recognition of mediator qualifications obtained in other EU Member States is subject to discriminatory and disproportionate conditions. These conditions are incompatible with the freedom of establishment (Article 49 TFEU), the free movement of workers (Article 45 TFEU) and the Directive on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications (Directive 2005/36/EC). Since Greece has not taken the necessary measures to bring its legislation in line with EU rules following the Commission’s reasoned opinion in February 2016, the Commission has decided to refer Greece to the Court of Justice of the EU.

See April Infringements Package: Key Decisions

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.