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Seminar on the Role of Legal Professions in the Application of the Charter

October 23, 2020 - October 24, 2020

Date  23-24 October 2020
Location Digital seminar
Language English and Italian
Participation Lawyers


Following the seminars held in Milan (20-22 February 2020) and in Burgos (23-24-25 September 2020), the third training seminar of the European project “Lawyers for the protection of fundamental rights” (Lawyers4Rights, https://lawyers4rights.eu) is organised by Associazione Italiana Forense (ANF, National Lawyers’ Association).

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 other prestigious participants – such 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 to train lawyers in the field of fundamental rights, and specifically on the scope and application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, and to promote 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 to contribute 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 Rome will deal not only with European legislation and case law – topic of the other seminars – but also with Italian regulations. Particular attention will be paid to the national adaptation and/or development of European legislation and to the case law handed down by Italian courts, especially the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court, together with that issued by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).

The key topic will be the role of legal professions in the implementation of the Charter of fundamental rights. provided lawyers are called to serve the interest of justice and to safeguard fundamental rights.

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 Italian regulations. Due to the current pandemic and the uncertainty it caused, together with various travel constraints, while lawyers are invited to join remotely the seminar.

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.


Final Programme English
Draft Programme Italian

Registration deadline: 21st October.

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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October 23, 2020
October 24, 2020
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Associazione Nazionale Forense (ANF)


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