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Final conference “Strengthening the Application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union at National Level: The Role of Lawyers”

June 24 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Date 24 June 2021
Location Online
Language English, Italian, Spanish and Bulgarian
Participation Partners, lawyers and representatives of all main stakeholders in the field of legal professions, justice and fundamental rights


The project deals with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (“the Charter”) in general and, in particular, with elements that represent today’s challenges, in that they pose new problems related to the implementation of fundamental rights at both EU and national level. Thus, it deals with two different matters in both civil and criminal procedure areas. Firstly, the right to family reunification in front of the migratory phenomenon and, secondly, the fight against terrorism derived from the security advocated in the European treaties and to be achieved through the use of mutual recognition instruments.

The Lawyers4Rights Project

The project is implemented by a consortium led by the Bulgarian Lawyers for Human Rights Foundation (BLHR), which includes the University of Burgos and the General Council of Spanish Lawyers, as well as the Italian Federation of Liberal Professionals (Confprofessioni), the Italian Lawyers’ Association (Associazione Nazionale Forense, ANF) and the Milan Bar Association. This international consortium has been awarded a grant by the European Commission for the 2019-2020 period (now extended until September 2021) in the framework of the Justice Program of the European Union 2014-2020, which amounts to 376,943.44 €.

This project is part of an action aimed at supporting transnational projects on judicial training covering civil law, criminal law and fundamental rights. Against this background, Lawyers4Rights aims at training lawyers in the field of fundamental rights, and specifically on the scope and application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. It further aims at promoting knowledge of European and national legislation on fundamental rights as well as case law among lawyers, in particular with regard to family reunification and fight against terrorism. Therefore, the analysis of the implementation of the Charter is carried out from the double perspective of European and national legislation and case law. Moreover, the project aims at contributing to raising awareness among legal professionals of their significant role in the field of fundamental rights.

Among the activities of the project and as a preliminary step before the training seminars, two reports have been drafted to examine the state of the art of the subject matter of the project, from both a European and national perspective, for each of the participating countries, that is Bulgaria, Spain and Italy. These reports, written in English, the language of the project, are available on the project website (under the section “training material”).

Premised on the findings of the reports, partners organized four trainings for lawyers on different aspects of the Charter in Milan, Rome, Burgus and Sofia and three national consensus-building conferences in Spain, Italy and Bulgaria. Two stakeholder events have been organized focusing on the importance of the Charter’s application as a policy tool and the interaction of different stakeholders in its promotion and application. Further, a policy statement on the role of lawyers for promoting awareness and application of the Charter on national level has been drafted. It will be the subject of targeted deliberations during a stocktaking seminar (scheduled for 15 June 2021) so as to adopt a model instrument to be endorsed by legal professionals around the European Union.

The Final Conference

The final conference aims at presenting the results of the project and the main findings as regards the deficits and demands we have identified in relation to lawyers’ awareness of the Charter and its application on national level. We will try further on to outline the next steps in our future work, in the context of recent developments on EU level such as the Strategy to strengthen the application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights in the EU, the Rule of Law Mechanism, the European Democracy Action Plan and the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy.

Speakers from different backgrounds will join the conference, presenting the perspectives of different legal professionals, from the academic field, through the justice system and the lawyers’ angle.

Due to the current pandemic and the uncertainty it caused, together with various travel constraints, participants are invited to join the conference remotely.

Registration deadline: Tuesday 22 June 2021.


The program will be published soon.




The content of the conference represents the views of the beneficiaries only and is their sole responsibility. The European Commission does not accept any responsibility for use that may be made of the information it contains.


June 24
2:00 pm - 5:30 pm


BLHR Bulgarian Lawyers for Human Rights