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Seminar on the Charter of Fundamental Rights

December 3, 2020 - December 4, 2020



Date 3 and 4 December 2020
Location Online
Language Bulgarian and English
Participation Lawyers



Following the seminars held in Milan (20-22 February 2020), in Burgos (23-24-25 September 2020) and in Rome (23-24 October 2020), the fourth and last of the series training seminar of the European project “Lawyers for the protection of fundamental rights” (Lawyers4Rights, https://lawyers4rights.eu) is organised by the Bulgarian Lawyers for Human Rights Foundation (BLHR).

The project deals with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (CFREU) 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 (or, specifically, private international) 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, 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), whose legal basis is the Treaty of Lisbon signed on 13th December 2007 and which is covered by Title V (Articles 67-89) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).


The Lawyers4Rights Project

The project is implemented by a consortium led by the foundation Bulgarian Lawyers for Human Rights (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 (ANF Associazione Nazionale Forense) 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, in short Bulgaria, Spain and Italy. These reports, written in English, the language of the project, are available on the project website.



The seminar now being held in Sofia will deal with both European and Bulgarian legislation and case law on the two specific topics of the seminar; family reunification and fight against terrorism. Particular attention will be paid to the national adaptation and/or development of European legislation and to the case law handed down by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and the Bulgarian courts.

The key topic will be the application and relevance of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and EU legislation.

Speakers from different backgrounds and legal professions will join the seminar; from the academic field, university professors will present the theoretical framework of the subject under examination, while legal professionals from the judicial and legal sectors will explain the judicial practice derived from the application of European and Bulgarian regulations. Due to the current pandemic and the uncertainty it caused, together with various travel constraints, lawyers are invited to join remotely the seminar.

Application deadline: Friday 27 November 2020.



Programme of L4R Training Seminar Sofia


This seminar is funded by the European Union’s Justice Programme 2014-2020. No payment is required to participate.

The content of this seminar 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.


You can apply by filling in the online application form.

If you are unable to use the online questionnaire, please download and fill in the Word document below.

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December 3, 2020
December 4, 2020
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