EC ACTIONES project supporting European judicial training
Prof. Chantal Mak participates in the Active Charter Training through Interaction Of National Experiences (ACTIONES) coordinated by the European University Institute Centre for Judicial Cooperation.
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The project supports European judicial training and is financed by the European Commission falling under the EC Justice programme (call for proposals JUST/2014/JTRA/AG/EJTR).The 2-year project is running until 1 November 2017.
The Project ACTIONES - Active Charter Training through Interaction Of National ExperienceS unites, under the coordination of the EUI Centre for Judicial Cooperation, 7 leading academic institutions, a European-wide association of judges, and 9 national institutions entrusted with the task to train judges and lawyers. It is a manifestation of the conviction that a high and coherent standard of fundamental rights protection within the EU requires way more than simple knowledge on the Charter. This must be complemented by deep social and political sensitivity, awareness and swiftness in adopting procedural solutions offered by various legal orders, openness to their products, and readiness to engage in exchanges of views. These qualities must be nurtured with the awareness of mundane time and resource limits judges and lawyers face in their everyday work. The Project aims at providing answers to all the above needs through the elaboration of an easy-to-use toolkit through which legal practitioners will become familiar with the techniques of vertical and horizontal judicial interaction, ensuring the effective implementation of the Charter and adequate remedies to its violations.
The Project will have four phases. Initially, the partners will engage in a thorough research of European and national case law exemplifying problems concerning the scope and application of the Charter, and will collect it within a modular Handbook and a Database (WS1). This toolkit will provide the basis for 12 training workshops (5 transnational in WS2 and 7 national in WS3), and a dissemination phase (with one more transnational training and a Final Conference in WS4). Importantly, even though dissemination to the broader public will take place with reference to the end products, each of the earlier stages of the project will involve dissemination aspects. Expanding the Database and the Workshops target group constitute elements of the strategy of dissemination which will effectively take place as of WS2 and last beyond the Project, when we will support the insertion of the ACTIONES platform on the specialised website of the European Commission and other transnational and national interested entities (EJTN, etc.).
Type and number of persons benefiting from the project
ACTIONES has two main target groups: national judges and lawyers. Their involvement spreads follows concentric circles, with each phase of the Project involving the broader circle of targeted beneficiaries. Accordingly, the transnational workshops of WS2 will involve national judges from all the consortium Member States; the national workshops of WS3 will address national judges and lawyers operating in the consortium Member States; the activities of WS4 will target national judges and lawyers also from all over the EU. At least 370 legal practitioners will be trained within the Project. A number of participants will be trainers themselves, in order to favour the replication of the Project methodology independently from it. Importantly, the toolkit will be made available on-line beyond Project’s duration, which will multiply its potential beneficiaries.
The ACTIONES project will contribute to the creation of a new generation of judges and lawyers that are fully aware of the potential of the EU Charter of fundamental rights in topical areas such of the Union’s activity.
Type and number of outputs to be produced
The Project’s ultimate outcome will be the ACTIONES Training Platform, which will contain the following four components:
- A modular Handbook on the application of the Charter in selected fields, in English, with hypothetical cases, guidelines, and tips for trainers.
- A Database gathering all case law collected.
- 8 different training curricula adapted to national specificities and translated into the official language of the partners that will devise them.
- A report on the ACTIONES training methodology, allowing its replication policy.