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Seminar on EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: family reunification and the fight against terrorism.

September 23, 2020 - September 25, 2020

SEMINAR 2: “EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: family reunification and the fight against terrorism”

Concept paper and agenda

Date  23-24-25 September 2020
Location Conference Room, Faculty of Humanities and Communication, University of Burgos, Burgos
Language English and Spanish
Participation Lawyers


This program covers the second training seminar within the framework of the European project Lawyers for the Protection of Fundamental Rights (Lawyers4Rights, https://lawyers4rights.eu), organized on this occasion by the Recognized Research Group of the University of Burgos “Civil and Criminal Judicial Cooperation in the European Union: Procedural Instruments” (abbreviated CAJI in Spanish) in collaboration with the Bar Association of Burgos (ICABURGOS). Following the seminar to be held in Milan (20-22 February 2020), further seminars will be celebrated in Rome (14-16 May 2020) and Sofia (11-13 June 2020), homes of the different project partners. This seminar is a great opportunity to receive in our city and university lawyers from the three partners participating in the mentioned European project –Bulgaria, Spain and Italy–, countries with a great interest and experience in the subject matter of the project and its seminar.

The scope of the seminar deals with the general study of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (CFREU) and, in particular, with aspects that constitute today’s challenges, in that they pose new issues in relation to the implementation of fundamental rights both in the European Union and in the Member States. Thus, the project –and now seminar– deals with two different matters in both areas, civil (or, specifically, private international) and criminal procedure respectively. Firstly, the guarantee of the right to family reunification as a consequence of the migratory phenomenon and, secondly, the fight against terrorism derived from the security value advocated in the European treaties to be achieved through the use of mutual recognition instruments, such as the European Arrest Warrant and Investigation Order with respect to procedural rights. These policy areas are now part of the so-called “Area of Freedom, Security and Justice” (AFSJ), which was established following the signing of the Treaty of Lisbon on 13 December 2007 and is covered by Title V (Articles 67-89) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).

The Lawyers4Rights Project

The project led by the professional association of Bulgarian Lawyers for Human Rights (BLHR), which includes the University of Burgos and the General Council of Spanish Lawyers, as well as other prestigious participants –such as the Italian Federation of Liberal Professionals (Confprofessioni) and the Italian organisations Associazione Nazionale Forense (ANF) and the Milan Bar Association– has reached an important agreement for the training of legal professionals in the field of fundamental rights covered by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. The aforementioned international group was granted a subsidy from the European Commission for the 2019-2020 period within the JUSTICE 2014-2020 Program (JUST-JTRA-EJTR-AG-2017/Proposal ID 826974) which amounts to 376,943.44 €, of which 75,542.44 € have been allocated to the University of Burgos.

This project is part of an action aimed at supporting transnational legal training projects covering aspects related to the protection of citizens’ fundamental rights. In this way, Lawyers4Rights aims to promote knowledge in the legal sector of European and national legislation and case law on fundamental rights, in particular those with regard to the field of family reunification and the fight against terrorism. Therefore, the analysis of the implementation of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union is carried out from the double perspective of European and national legislation and case law. Moreover, the project aims to contribute to raising awareness among legal professionals of their significant role in the field of fundamental rights.

Within the activities that are part of the aforementioned project, and as a previous step to the development of the current training seminars, reports have been drawn up examining the state of the art within the subject matter of the project, both from a European and national perspective for each of the participating countries, in short, the Member States of the European Union Bulgaria, Spain and Italy. These reports, written in English, the language of the project, are deliverables of the project and as such are accessible on the project website. Specifically, these reports from a European and Spanish perspective have been written by professors from the University of Burgos who are members of the above-mentioned CAJI Group.


The seminar now being held in Burgos will deal not only with European legislation and case law –considered in previous and subsequent seminars– but will also pay special attention to Spanish domestic regulations. In this way, consideration will be given to both specific Spanish legislation in adaptation and/or development of European legislation and the case law handed down by Spanish courts and tribunals, especially the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court, together with that issued by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). Therefore, the seminar will welcome the participation of speakers from different backgrounds and legal professions; basically from the academic field –university professors that will present the theoretical framework of the subject matter under examination together with legal professionals from the judicial and legal sectors who will explain the judicial practice derived from the application of European and Spanish regulations.

The content of this call represents the views of the author only and is his/her sole responsibility. The European Commission does not accept any responsibility for use that may be made of the information it contains.


English programme

Spanish programme

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September 23, 2020
September 25, 2020
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Conference Room, Faculty of Humanities and Communication, University of Burgos
Paseo de los Comendadores s/n
Burgos, 09001 Spain


Universidad de Burgos in partnership with Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Burgos