Centre for the Study of European Contract Law

Roadmap To European Effective Justice (Re-Jus)

Judicial Training Ensuring Effective Redress To Fundamental Rights Violations

Prof. Chantal Mak and Dr Kati Cseres participate in the project 'Roadmap To European Effective Justice (Re-Jus)' coordinated by the University of Trento. The project is funded by the European Commission, DG Justice, within the framework of the 2015 action grants supporting transnational judicial training. It started in November 2016 and it will end in November 2018.

The project

The project “Roadmap To European Effective Justice (Re-Jus): Judicial Training Ensuring Effective Redress To Fundamental Rights Violations” (herein “Re-Jus Project”) concerns the modes of enforcement of fundamental rights in the areas of consumer law, data protection and migration. The role of national judges is gaining relevance and the dialogue between national and EU courts is bringing about transformations concerning both substantive and procedural rules. The project shall define the life cycle of CJEU judgements including the ascendent and descendent phase when impact on national jurisdictions become relevant.

More specifically, the focus of this project is on how the EU principles of effectiveness, proportionality and dissuasiveness and the case law related to art. 47 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (Right to an effective remedy) affect national enforcement of such rights.
Judicial enforcement interplays with administrative enforcement, increasing the effectiveness of rights and sometimes creating overlaps and juxtapositions. The aim of the project is to provide judges and legal practitioners with clear guidelines on the scope of application of the CFREU, the mechanisms of cooperation among judicial and non-judicial enforcers at EU and national levels and the power of judges and parties in the choice of procedures and remedies used to enforce fundamental rights in the three areas above mentioned. In order to achieve such goals, the Project Partners will:

  • organize 4 transnational training workshops (to be held in English) and 4 national training workshops;
  • collect judgments and decisions and edit three casebooks, one for each of the three areas;
  • create a freely accessible web-based database of EU and national case law;
  • organize a final conference to present the results and foster dissemination of Re-Jus methodology.

The contribution of national judges participating in the project will be crucial to spur a mutual learning process before, during and after the workshops. The approach will focus on the life cycle of leading national and EU cases, that will be collected and inserted in the three casebooks. National judges will be involved in the collection of relevant national case law to be inserted both in training material and in the Re-Jus Database. Training workshops represent only one stage of a long term process. The involvement of the judges before and after the training event will permit direct engagement of the larger community and expand the impact of the program beyond workshop’s participants.

Participants in the project

The participants are:
- University of Trento (Università di Trento), Italy (coordinating partner);
- University of Versailles (Université de Versailles Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines), France (main partner) ;
- Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences (Instytut Nauk Prawniych Polskiej Akademii Nauk, or “INP-PAN”), Poland (main partner);
- University of Amsterdam (Universiteit van Amsterdam), the Netherlands (main partner);
together with:
- Scuola Superiore della Magistratura, Italy (associate partner);
- Consejo General del Poder Judicial, Spain (associate partner);
- Institutul National al Magistraturii, Romania (associate partner);
- Pravosudna Akademija, Croatia (associate partner);
- Ministrstvo za pravosodje Republika Slovenije, Slovenia (associate partner);
- Judicial Studies Committee of the Irish Judiciary, Ireland (associate partner).

Published by  CSECL

12 January 2017