31 Mar 01 Apr
14:00 - 18:00

TRIIAL CROSS-BORDER TRAINING (online)

In this training, we invite judges, magistrates and legal professionals from Belgium and the Netherlands as well as other Member States to join this debate and assess the strengths and weaknesses of their own system of judicial appointments, the functioning of their respective Councils of the Judiciary and the position of individual judges in the judicial process, more particularly relating to their freedom of expression.

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The purpose of the training is to galvanize the dialogue on the mutable nature of the European standards of judicial independence, thereby touching upon theoretical and practical issues emerging in the European legal arena and in the interactions at national and supranational levels, such as for instance the self-administration of judiciary, as well as the separation of careers between judges and prosecutors.

This training is offered within the framework of the TRIIAL project that provides training activities and tools for judges, lawyers, prosecutors, and arbitrators on the European rule of law. The TRIIAL project is funded by the European Commission (Horizon 2020, project no. 853832, JUST-JTRA-EJTR-AG-2018).

Programme on Thursday 31 March

  Emerging European rule of law standards: judicial appointments, judicial independence, impartiality and accountability (in English) 
14.00h Welcome & Introduction by Monica Claes (Maastricht University)
14.10h

Keynote speech by Kees Sterk (Rechtbank Zeeland, Maastricht University)

14.30h

Emerging European rule of law standards: judicial appointments, judicial independence, impartiality and accountability:

 
  • Council of Europe (ECtHR, Venice Cm, networks etc) by Joost Sillen (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen)
  • EU – Matteo Bonnelli (Maastricht University)
  • Challenges to rule of law in other member states and mutual trust in judicial cooperation – Femke Gremmelprez (UGent)
  • Discussion led by Kees Sterk
16.30h

Hypothetical cases: discussion

17.30h End of day 1

 

Programme on Friday 1 April

 

Bedreigingen voor de onafhankelijkheid en onpartijdigheid van rechters: kan het ook bij ons gebeuren? (Nederlands)

14.00u

Welkom en inleiding tot het debat door Monica Claes en Kees Sterk

14.15u

Debat:

 
  • Moderator: Monica Claes
  • De benoeming van rechters, inclusief de benoeming van rechters in de hoogste rechtscolleges door Geert Corstens (voormalig President van de Hoge Raad, Emeritus Hoogleraar Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen) en Piet Taelman (UGent en Hoge Raad voor de Justitie)
  • De rechter en de politiek door Jerfi Uzman (Universiteit van Amsterdam) en Willem Verrijdt (KU Leuven en Grondwettelijk Hof van België)

16.00u Pauze
16.30u Vervolg van het debat:
 
  • Moderator: Kees Sterk
  • De plaats van de rechter in het publieke debat door Sietske Dijkstra (rechter in de Rechtbank Noord-Nederland) en Koen Lemmens (KU Leuven)
  • De rechterlijke macht onder vuur: een bedreiging voor de rechtsstaat? - Geert Corstens en Koen Lemmens

17.30u Slotbeschouwingen
18.00u Einde

 

TRIIAL - Trust, Independence, Impartiality and Accountability of judges and arbitrators safeguarding the rule of Law under the EU Charter (Horizon 2020, project no. 853832, JUST-JTRA-EJTR-AG-2018) provides training activities and tools for judges, lawyers, prosecutors, and arbitrators on the European rule of law, mutual trust, judicial independence, impartiality and accountability. For more information and materials explore the project website.

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