INTRA-EUROPEAN

Judicial response to terrorism in light of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union

Partners:

France, Belgium, Bulgaria and Sweden, together with the Council of Europe, the European Judicial Training Network and the Academy of European Law

Budget:

€588,981 (72% of budget allocated to JCI)

Execution Period:

July 2016 – May 2018 (23 months)

Position of JCI:

Member of the consortium managed by the French National School for the Judiciary.

In charge of logistical organisation for the events, as well as of the accounting and administrative management of the selected activities.

Project objective:

To reinforce the knowledge of practitioners in the field of fundamental rights so as to handle terrorism-related cases in compliance with the requirements of the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights

Funding:

European Union, DG Justice

Project Components:

Organisation of seminars in Strasbourg, Brussels, Paris and Sofia:

–        Fight against violent radicalisation with a view to the protection of fundamental freedoms

–        Terrorism and fundamental rights: the investigation and intelligence phase

–        Media handling of terrorism cases

–        Terrorism and fundamental rights: hearings and sentence enforcement

Organisation of a closing conference on the protection of fundamental rights in the judicial response to terrorism

Highlights:

Organisation of the seminar on the fight against violent radicalisation with a view to the protection of fundamental freedoms in December in Strasbourg.  Organisation of three seminars in 2017, in Brussels, Paris and Sofia.

CQFD – Court Quality Framework Design 

Partners:

Estonia, France, Italy, Portugal and Slovenia

Budget:

€160,346

Execution Period:

September 2016 – September 2017 (12 months)

Position of JCI:

Member of the consortium managed by the Ministry of Justice.

In charge of logistical organisation for the events, as well as the accounting and financial management of the project.

Project objectives:

To support the courts in initiating a Europe-wide dynamic so as to design quality indicators for justice and exchange best practices in that domain.

Funding:

European Union – DG Justice

Project Components:

–         Sharing best practices on quality indicators and assessments in this domain

–         Analysis of existing indicators, identification of transposable indicators and their promotion across Europe

Highlights:

1st steering committee held in Paris and a working meeting among the project partners around a visit to Melun District Court in November 2016; Organisation of a final conference in Paris in 2017.

Research into the implementation of the Brussels Iia Regulation in the first instance courts of the European Union

Partners:

France, Italy, Romania, together with the European Network of Judicial Training Institutes

Budget:

€281,094 (39% of budget allocated to JCI)

Execution Period:

November 2015 – October 2017 (23 months)

Position of JCI:

Member of the consortium managed by the French National School for the Judiciary.

In charge of logistical organisation for the events, as well as of the accounting and administrative management of the selected activities.

Project objective:

–        To prepare an evaluation of the current state of the application in courts of first instance of the “Brussels IIa” Regulation concerning jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in matrimonial matters and the matters of parental responsibility.

–        To identify difficulties in implementing the regulation, and to find solutions to reduce obstacles, identify good practices and highlight the training needs of practitioners.

Funding:

European Union – DG Justice

Project Components:

–        Collect and analyse rulings pronounced in two national courts,

–        Develop a common methodology and propose a comprehensive study on the application of the Brussels IIa Regulation,

–        Present the results at an international conference, to serve as a basis for the development of educational content aimed at strengthening the capacity of judges and prosecutors in the application of this instrument

Highlights:

Organisation of a final conference in Paris in July 2017.

European Judicial Training for Court Clerks and Judicial Officers

Partners:

France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, The Public Administration Training Institute and the European Chamber of Judicial Officers

Budget:

€489,884

Execution Period:

September 2015 – March 2017 (18 months)

Position of JCI:

Leader of the consortium, acting on behalf of the French National School of Court Clerks

Project objectives:

–        To improve the training of court personnel in the domain of European law and cross-border procedures,

–        To develop the language skills of court personnel in the legal field,

–        To strengthen cooperation between training providers,

–        To create a genuine European Training framework for court staff

Funding:

European Union – DG Justice

Project Components:

–        Training of court staff in the field of European law,

–        Training of trainers in the field of European law,

–        Strengthening cross-border cooperation among training institutions.

Highlights:

The organisation of 4 three-day training sessions for court staff in Brussels, Dijon and Lisbon; 2 training of trainers sessions in Luxembourg covering the civil, commercial and criminal fields; Launch of an online English legal language training platform; Organisation of a final conference in Lisbon.

Professional training on European inheritance law: tools to facilitate the harmonious implementation of the new regulations

Partners:

France, Spain, Italy

Budget:

€342,796 (39% of budget allocated to JCI)

Execution Period:

September 2015 – August 2017 (23 months)

Position of JCI:

Member of the consortium managed by the French National School for the Judiciary

In charge of logistical organisation for the events, as well as of the accounting and administrative management of the selected activities.

Project objectives:

To improve cross-border procedures in the inheritance field.

Funding:

European Union – DG Justice

Project Components:

–        Developing training courses in four languages

–        Conducting an inventory of online sources on succession issues

–        Organising a final conference to present the results of the project and highlight the difficulties encountered by practitioners

Highlights:

Translation and subtitling of distance learning modules; Organisation of a final conference in France in spring 2017

Legicoop + (Network for Legislative Cooperation between the Ministries of Justice of the European Union)

Partners:

18 Member States in 2016

Budget:

Approximate annual budget of €10,000

Variable voluntary contribution (between €200 and €650 per country)

Execution Period:

Since June 2013

Position of JCI:

In charge of fundraising and management of funds collected, and logistical and administrative management for the network on behalf of the Ministry of Justice.

Project objectives:

To maintain a platform for exchange among the Ministries of Justice of the European Union with the objective of strengthening legal cooperation (participation of member states not obligatory).

Funding:

Contributions from the Member States of the European Union

The Prevention of Juvenile Radicalisation: Promoting the use of alternatives to detention through judicial training (PRALT)

Partners:

Germany, Belgium, Spain, France, Netherlands, Romania

Budget:

€392,222 (9.5% of budget allocated to JCI)

Execution Period:

July 2016 – July 2018 (24 months)

Position of JCI:

Member of the consortium managed by the International Juvenile Justice Observatory, acting on behalf of the Judicial Youth Protection Directorate of the Ministry of Justice.

In charge of logistical organisation for the events, as well as of the accounting and administrative management of the selected activities.

Project objectives:

To enable decision-makers, judges and practitioners to receive training and engage in exchanges on topics and practices concerning the prevention of radicalisation in prisons, alternatives to imprisonment, and the development of effective programs for the radicalisation of minors in the member countries of the European Union.

Funding:

European Union – DG Justice

Project Components:

–         Analysis of the situation regarding the radicalisation of minors in Europe and the use of alternative sentences to imprisonment in European Union member states,

–         Exchanges concerning knowledge and national practices,

–         Creation of a training manual as well as an online training course

–         Dissemination of knowledge, evaluation and final conference.

Highlights:

Participation of a French delegation in the 3 seminars and study tours (Germany, Netherlands, Belgium) over the course of 2017.

Strengthening Juvenile Justice Systems in the counter-terrorism context:  capacity – building and peer learning among stakeholders (SJJS)

Partners:

International Juvenile Justice Observatory, along with Germany, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Spain, France, Hungary, Lithuania, Netherlands and Romania

Budget:

€279,482 (3.5% of budget allocated to JCI)

Execution Period:

January 2016 – December 2018 (24 months)

Position of JCI:

Member of the consortium managed by the International Juvenile Justice Observatory, acting on behalf of the Judicial Youth Protection Directorate of the Ministry of Justice.

In charge of logistical organisation for the events, as well as of the accounting, financial, and administrative management of the selected activities.

Project objectives:

–         To identify, promote and improve the responses of juvenile justice systems to acts of terrorism and extreme violence committed by minors.

–         To evaluate practices with regard to their effectiveness in the fight against the radicalisation of minors.

Funding:

European Union – DG Justice

Project Components:

–         Analysing the legislative frameworks and responses of national police forces in handling minors suspected of radical and extremist violence,

–         Examining new effective practices that respect the rights of minors,

–         Creation of an online database (the Online Community of Practice), containing sources of information for the member countries: guides covering proceedings, criminal law, etc.

–         Dissemination of results and deliverables

Highlights:

–         Participation in seminars and study trips to partner countries,

–         Organisation of a seminar in France in 2017 to discuss practices and the implementation of measures adopted in different partner countries.

Implementing Restorative Justice with Child Victims (DAPHNE)

Partners:

Belgium, Finland, United Kingdom, France, Latvia and Bulgaria

Budget:

€396,978 (9.3% of budget allocated to JCI)

Execution Period:

January 2017 – January 2018 (24 months)

Position of JCI:

Member of the consortium managed by the International Juvenile Justice Observatory, in collaboration with the European Forum for Restorative Justice, acting on behalf of the Judicial Youth Protection Directorate of the Ministry of Justice.

In charge of logistical organisation for the events, as well as of the accounting and administrative management of the selected activities.

Project objective:

“To expand and adapt research into restorative justice to demonstrate its effectiveness in dealing with young victims.”

Funding:

European Union, DG Justice

Project Components:

–        Documentary studies and situation report concerning restorative justice for child victims within the European Union, and especially in partner countries.

–        Exchanges regarding national practices and training among mentor and mentee countries

–        Development of a Practical Guide

–        Dissemination of knowledge, evaluation and final conference.

Highlights:

Participation of a French delegation in 3 study visits and training sessions (Finland, Northern Ireland and Belgium); Participation of a French delegation in the closing conference of the project in Brussels in January 2018

JUdges Prosecutors Involved in Tackling TERrorism (JUPITER)

Partners:

France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Germany and Spain

Budget:

€223,118 (73% of budget allocated to JCI)

Execution Period:

May 2017 – January 2019 (21 months)

Position of JCI:

Member of the consortium managed by the Ministry of Justice

In charge of logistical organisation for the events, as well as of the accounting and administrative management of the selected activities.

Project objective:

To strengthen judicial cooperation in regard to terrorism by promoting cohesion among judges and prosecutors handling terrorism cases

Funding:

European Union, DG Justice

Project Components:

–        Sharing of knowledge regarding the different legal systems

–        Improve cross-border cooperation among antiterrorism judges and prosecutors

–        Analysis of practices

–        Dissemination of knowledge from the project (development of a practical guide)

–        Evaluation and final conference

Prospects:

Organisation of all 6 study visits in 2017 and 2018 (France, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands) and the closing conference of the project in January 2019.

Raising awareness and staff mobility on violent radicalisation in prison and probation services (RASMORAD)

Partners:

Italy, Romania, Bulgaria and France

Budget:

€342,796 (11% of budget allocated to JCI)

Execution Period:

January 2017 – December 2018 (24 months)

Position of JCI:

In charge of the logistical organisation of events held in France and travel by the French delegation, as well as the accounting and administrative management for the selected activities, on behalf of the Prison Administration Department, a member of the consortium.

Project objective:

To improve risk assessment methodologies related to violent radicalisation and develop an upstream detection system with the aim of preventing extremist phenomena among prisoners.

Funding:

European Union, DG Justice

Project Components:

–        Executing studies on radicalisation in prison administrations and probation and reintegration services.

–        Developing an operational tool for the prevention of violent extremism

–        Encouraging alternatives to imprisonment

–        Dissemination of knowledge, evaluation and final conference.

Prospects:

Logistical organisation of travel by the French delegation for study visits (Italy, Belgium, Romania, Bulgaria, France and Portugal) in 2017 and 2018, and for the closing conference of the project in January 2019 (Italy).

Training in European law for court staff (COURT STAFF2)

Partners:

France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Romania, EIPA, European Chamber of Judicial Officers

Budget:

€545,373 (55% of budget allocated to JCI)

Execution Period:

September 2017 – February 2019 (18 months)

Position of JCI:

Leader of the consortium for the French National School of Court Clerks

In charge of the implementation of activities, logistical organisation for events, and the accounting and administrative management of the entire project.

Project objective:

To improve and develop European judicial training for court staff and judicial officers in line with European standards. The project also aims to achieve the goal set by the European Commission in its 2020 policy: the participation of 700,000 legal practitioners in European legal education by 2020.

Funding:

European Union, DG Justice

Project Components:

Organisation of training workshops for legal practitioners in civil, commercial, family and criminal cases in each country of the consortium, training of trainers, development of an e-learning platform system etc.

Highlights:

Organisation of the first project steering committee in Dijon in December 2017.

WESTERN BALKANS (Albania, Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Montenegro)

Fight Against Organised Crime

Budget:

€5,000,000 (1% of budget allocated to JCI)

Execution Period:

July 2014 – July 2017 (36 months)

Position of JCI:

Member of the consortium managed by the Italian Ministry of the Interior

Project objective:

The project aims to prevent and combat transnational organised crime and corruption cases with cross-border implications, particularly regarding illegal trafficking into the EU

Funding:

European Union

Project Components:

–        International judicial cooperation

–        Exchange and sharing of information and intelligence, communication technologies and data protection

–        Specialised investigation techniques for international use, joint investigation teams, joint operations and financial investigations

Highlights:

Second Steering Committee meeting, held in Tarvisio, Italy

Prospects:

–        Deployment of a French Honorary Prosecutor to Bosnia and Herzegovina for a medium-term mission

–        Deployment of a French prosecutor to Albania for short missions

–        Deployment of a French prosecutor to Montenegro for short missions

–        Participation by French prosecutors in various seminars on cybercrime, confiscation of assets, etc.

Georgia

Provision of support to the Judicial Training Institute

Partners:

Latvia and Croatia

Budget:

€800,000

Execution Period:

September 2017 – February 2019 (18 months)

Position of JCI:

Member of the consortium managed by the Latvian Courts Administration.

In charge of the implementation of expertise missions concerning initial and continuing training with the support of the ENM.

Project objective:

To support the rule of law and judicial independence in Georgia by reinforcing the professionalism of judges and judicial personnel. This will include bringing judicial training practices closer to European standards by reinforcing the capacity and effectiveness of the training institute and the quality of the training programs provided.

Funding:

European Union

Project Components:

–        Improvement of the initial training program for trainee judges

–        Development of continuing education programs

–        Skill reinforcement for trainers and school administration.

–        Introduction of e-learning programs for judges and court staff

Highlights:

Launch ceremony held 18 October 2017; Study visit to the ENM Bordeaux and the ENG Dijon in December 2017

KOSOVO

Reinforcing the efficiency and transparency of Kosovo’s judicial system and prosecutor’s office

Budget:

€3,000,000 (30% of budget allocated to JCI)

Execution Period:

October 2016 – April 2019 (30 months)

Position of JCI:

Member of the consortium managed by the Italian High Judicial Council

Project objective:

To improve the efficiency, transparency and independence of Kosovo’s judicial and prosecutorial system through the implementation of justice reforms, and to strengthen of the effectiveness of the Judges’ and Prosecutors’ Councils, and of the Special Prosecutor’s Office in Kosovo.

Funding:

European Union

Project Components:

–        Improving the efficiency, independence and transparency of judges and prosecutors in Kosovo,

–        Improving of the capacities of the special prosecutor’s office.

Highlights:

Signature of the twinning contract and start of the project

Prospects:

–        Launch ceremony, early 2017

–        Study visit to France of a delegation of members of the CSM of Kosovo.

MOLDOVA

Reinforcing the efficiency, accountability and transparency of the courts in Moldova

Budget:

€2,078,700 (4% of budget assigned to JCI)

Execution Period:

October 2014 – April 2017 (30 months)

Position of JCI:

Member of the consortium managed by GIZ (German public agency)

Project objective:

To improve the efficiency, accountability and transparency of the courts in Moldova

Funding:

European Union

Project Components:

–        Increasing the efficiency, impartiality, accountability and transparency of the courts, particularly in the context of reforms in the justice sector;

–        Ensuring that the judicial system provides a real guarantee of respect for human rights and ensures the safety of persons subject to the jurisdiction of the courts during dispute resolution proceedings;

–        Ensuring the application of good practices to reduce corruption and increase public confidence in the justice system;

–        Improving the courts’ efficiency in regard to the management of budgets;

–        Developing the capacities of judicial institutions in regard to the management of information and computer systems, video and audio recording, and improving the management of court-generated data.

Highlights:

Setting up specific short-term expertise missions concerning ethics and professional conduct; Provision of support for the implementation of tools to improve practices; Reinforcement of actions for combating corruption

SERBIA

Fight against organised crime

Budget:

€1,500,000 (5% of budget allocated to JCI)

Execution Period:

October 2016 – April 2018 (18 months)

Position of JCI:

Provision of experts for the French Ministry of the Interior as part of a consortium managed by the German Federal Criminal Police Office

Project objective:

–        To reinforce the capacity of law enforcement institutions (Judicial Police Directorate and Prosecutor’s Office) in the investigation (police) and prosecution (Prosecutor’s Office) of organised crime,

–        To strengthen the capacities of investigative techniques used for the resolution of organised crime and other cases by improving the efficiency and working conditions of the physicochemical and toxicological laboratories of the Ministry of the Interior.

Funding:

European Union

Project Components:

Fight against organised crime, forensic medicine

Highlights:

Launch ceremony in November 2016 in the presence of two French judges from the Marseilles JIRS, key experts on the project; Missions of police/justice expert pairs on training curricula

TURKEY

Reinforcing the legal aid system in Turkey

Budget:

€1,375,000 (10% of budget allocated to JCI)

Execution Period:

September 2016 – May 2018 (21 months)

Position of JCI:

Member of the consortium managed by the FIIAPP (Spanish public agency)

Project objective:

To support and develop a more effective and consistent legal aid service to strengthen the justice system and access to justice.

Funding:

European Union

Project Components:

–        Review of the legal aid system in place and its implementation,

–        Comparative analysis with European best practices,

–        Presentation of a strategic plan in light of an analysis of the existing situation,

–        Drafting of a guide to promote the implementation of a reinforcement of legal aid; curriculum development and training of agents,

–        Dissemination of information and promotion of awareness among the public concerning the reinforcement and operation of the legal aid system.

Highlights:

Launch ceremony in September 2016 in the presence of the French liaison magistrate in Ankara; Organisation of a growing number of French expertise missions; Organisation of Turkish study visits to learn about the French legal aid system.

UKRAINE

Support for justice sector reform in Ukraine

Budget:

€8,574,811

Execution Period:

October 2013 – December 2017 (50 months)

Position of JCI:

Leader of the consortium

Project objective:

To support Ukraine in the reforms implemented to modernise the justice sector

Funding:

European Union

Project Components:

–        Developing a strategy for justice sector reform in Ukraine

–        Police reform,

–        Provision of support to the Attorney General’s office,

–        Provision of support for improving access to justice,

–        Independence of the judiciary,

–        Combating and preventing corruption.

Highlights:

Approval of the Strategy and implementation of an action plan under the coordination of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine; Support for the organisation of the process for the selection of judges on the Supreme Court; Skill-building for the Ministry of Justice in the domain of monitoring and evaluation of reforms