LAWYERS4RIGHTS, A PROJECT TO TRAIN LEGAL PROFESSIONALS ON FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS

An important result has been achieved by the consortium led by the association Bulgarian Lawyers for Human Rights (BLHR) and composed by other valuables partners such as Confprofessioni (the Italian Federation of Liberal Professionals), the Italian Association of Lawyers (Associazione nazionale forense, ANF), the Milan Bar Association, and the University of Burgos (Spain) and the General Council of Spanish Lawyers (Consejo General de la Abogacia Española).

These partners have been awarded an action grant to support transnational projects on judicial training covering civil law, criminal law or fundamental rights (JUST-JTRA-EJTR-AG-2017). The project selected by the European Commission – Lawyers4Rights – aims at promoting the knowledge of European law on human rights and analysing the application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights at national level. Moreover, it will raise awareness among legal professions on their key role in the field of human rights.

The partners, who met on 26th January in the premises of Confprofessioni in Milan, defined together the approach of the research, which will be carried out by the University of Burgos during the first phase of the project. Main topics to investigate are terrorism and migrations, which pose new challenges to the application of fundamental rights. The second phase of the project will start in 2020 when, following the outcomes of the research and on the basis of the training material prepared by the University, four national seminars will be organised. These seminars will provide to lawyers and legal professionals a useful training opportunity on the essential elements of European law on human rights, which are often overlooked by traditional legal training.

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