A seminar on the role of lawyers for ensuring rule of law and application of EU law took place on 14th October 2020 in Sofia, Bulgaria in the framework of #Lawyers4Rights project funded by the European Union’s Justice Programme 2014-2020.

The seminar, organized as a discussion forum, was planned by the Bulgarian Lawyers for Human Rights Foundation, coordinator of #Lawyers4Rights project, and the Lawyers’ Training Centre in Sofia.

The event was meant as a means to raise awareness on the national framework on fundamental rights thanks to the involvement on national legal professionals. Here in Sofia, university professors, criminal judges and practicing lawyers focused in three consecutive sessions on the rule of law in the Union’s legal order; the rule of law, the legislative process and legal certainty; and the rule of law and criminal justice administration.

The forum took place shortly after the 2020 Rule of Law Report of the European Commission and the resolution adopted by the European Parliament on the rule of law and fundamental rights in Bulgaria. Both documents identify substantial deficits as regards independence of the judiciary, separation of powers, fight against corruption and media pluralism in the country. These topics have also been at the core of large demonstrations and civil society protests which have been carried out in Bulgaria since last summer.