67 May 2021
Maastricht Centre for European Law

Transnational Training Workshops on: Judicial Appointments & Judicial self-government

TRust, Independence, Impartiality and Accountability of judges and arbitrators safeguarding the rule of Law under the EU Charter (TRIIAL) Project.

The European Union’s Standard on Judicial Independence: System of Judicial appointments, Councils of the judiciary and Judicial Associations

This transnational training workshop will discuss the topic of judicial appointments in Europe in light of the most recent caselaw developed by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), and how these recent jurisprudential developments can be applied at the national level. In particular, the following issues will be addressed: institutional aspects in the system of appointment for judges (e.g. the role of the Judicial Councils, court presidents, Ministries of Justice, judges’ associations); re-assignment of judges to other cases/courts; re-shaping adjudicating panels; direct and indirect influence of the executive in the process of appointing judges, and more generally in the organisation of the justice system.

6 May 2021 (13.00- 17.30 CET)

First Workshop:

13.00- 13.15             Welcome address, presentation of TRIIAL project and its deliverables Karolina Podstawa (University of Maastricht, Lecturer in European Union Law)
Chair for the Day: Barbara Warwas (Professor of Multilevel Regulation, Hague University of Applied Sciences, TRIIAL partner)
13.15- 13.45 Keynote/Open access lecture: Keynote lecture:: Art. 2 TEU, Art. 19 TEU and Art. 47 CFR, and the standards of judicial independence: challenges of pan-European conundrum through the eyes of a European judge- Kees Sterk (Maastricht University, Professor of European Administration of Justice, former vice-president of the Netherlands Council for the Judiciary, President of the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary)
13.45- 14.00 Questions and Answers
14:00- 14:30 Keynote lecture: The European standards on rule of law and judicial independence in judicial appointments Katarzyna Herrmann (Member of the Legal Service, European Commission)
14:30-14:45 Questions and Answers
14.45-15.15 Keynote lecture: Contextualizing the standard of judicial appointments in the European comparative (and historical) perspective Jakub Jaraczewski, Democracy International
15:15-15:30 Questions and Answers
15:30- 15:45 Break
15:45- 17:00 Hypothetical Case study I
5 parallel working groups guided by a tutor, meeting in the plenary and discussion of the solutions
17:00-17:15 Conclusions & Findings

7 May 2021 (13.00- 17.30 CET)

Second Workshop:
Chair for the Day: Nicole Lazzerini, (Senior Researcher, University of Florence, TRIIAL partner)


Hypothetical Case study II (closed for the participants of TRIIAL project). 5 parallel guided by a tutor, meeting in the plenary and discussion of the solutions

14:45-15:00 Conclusions, Findings & Open Questions

Roundtable: Judicial Self-Government standards: Councils of the Judiciary, Judicial Associations and Judicial Independence – in Search for a Balanced Approach
Moderator Jarosław Gwizdak, INPRIS, & participants



16.15- 16.45

Keynote lecture: Standards of judicial independence under review – open questions, need for guidance and the future of European judiciary Monica Claes (University of Maastricht, Professor of European and Comparative Constitutional Law)

16:45-17:15 Questions and Answers

Final remarks (Karolina Podstawa & Madalina Moraru, Centre for Judicial Cooperation, European University Institute)



To register please contact Kamila Kaczmarek (k.kaczmarek[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl) or Karolina Podstawa (Karolina.podstawa[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl) by 27 April 2021.