Legal Clinics in Europe

May 4th, 2016 § 0 comments

Kashetu KYENGE - 8th Parliamentary term

Kashetu KYENGE – 8th Parliamentary term

Cécile Kashetu Kyenge, MEP, opened yesterday’s joint event of the European Parliament Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup (ARDI) and the European Network for Clinical Legal Education (ENCLE) which aimed at showing the development of Clinical Legal Education in Europe and its potential in order to promote racial equality, counter racism and educate about non-discrimination. The event specifically discussed the results of a study presented by Clelia Bartoli, professor of Human Rights at the University of Palermo. The study showed that there are an increasing amount of legal clinics in Europe, which allow students to acquire knowledge, skills and competences through practice, and through this, help in preparing them for professional life. However, legal clinics are facing problems such as a lack of institutional recognition and difficulties ensuring sustainability in the continuity of activities. Without recognition and institutional status, it is difficult to access public funding.

The study provides, inter alia, some statistical information about the collaboration of legal clinics with Bars and Law Societies.

The CCBE has started cooperation with ENCLE last year in order to see where and how it can provide support and help in linking between legal clinics and Bars/Law Societies.

Over the coming months, the Training Blog will provide information about concrete legal clinics projects which involve Bars across Europe.

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