“Roadmap to European effective justice (RE-Jus): Judicial training ensuring effective redress to fundamental rights violations”

Context and aims of the Project

Fundamental rights are extensively protected by a set of legal instruments, at the national and supranational levels. Nonetheless, access to the Court of Justice of the European Union and to European Court of Human Rights remains relatively limited. To promote better access to justice to ensure fundamental rights protection requires more effective judicial dialogue and cooperation between judges, administrative enforcers and the Court of Justice of the European Union.

The Re-Jus Project aims to provide judges and other national enforcers with clear guidelines concerning both the substantive scope of EU law and principles and the choice of procedures and remedies, with a view to ensuring effective protection of fundamental rights. It will follow the life cycle of judgments from the requiring court to the decisions subsequent to the CJEU rulings.

The focus is on three sensitive areas: migration, consumer rights, and data protection. But the methodology can provide useful insights to other areas by concentrating on the right to an effective judicial protection. The collaboration of judges, administrative authorities and other participants will characterize the preparation, discussion, and revision of the casebooks using a comparative methodology to explain the content and outcomes of the judgments warranting fundamental rights protection.

Four Transnational Training Workshops will be organised with participants coming from Project Partners’ countries as well as from other EU countries. Discussions of judicial solutions and interpretations of CJEU rulings will be based on the exchange of national approaches from a variety of EU Member States.  A mutual learning process – based on the use of comparative and European law will permit comparing different solutions to similar problems arising out of the application of the Charter. Subsequently, four National Training Workshops will be held with a view to focusing on the impact of EU law and principles on specific domestic legal systems.

Transnational Workshops

  • Towards Effective Justice in Consumer Protection (Warsaw, 19-20 June 2017) Call for application
  • Effective Justice, Migration and Asylum (Trento, 2-3 October 2-3, 2017)
  • Effective Justice and Data Protection (Paris, Fall-Winter 2017)
  • Enforcement of fundamental rights, remedies and effective justice (Florence, Winter 2017)

Outputs of the Project

The Project aims to produce lasting outputs to be more widely disseminated beyond its duration:

  • An online database gathering relevant EU and national case-law;
  • Three Case-books on the enforcement of fundamental rights and access to effective justice in the areas of migration, consumer rights, and data protection;
  • Guidelines on the choice of procedures and remedies under the principles of effectiveness, proportionality and dissuasiveness in the same areas; 

  • Guidance for trainers.

Partners of the Project

The Project is coordinated by the University of Trento.

Nine more partners from across the EU participate in the Project:

  • Université de Versailles Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines [France] (co-beneficiary)
  • Instytut Nauk Prawniych Polskiej Akademii Nauk [Poland] (co-beneficiary)
  • Universiteit van Amsterdam [the Netherlands] (co-beneficiary)
  • Scuola Superiore della Magistratura [Italy] (associate partner)
  • Consejo General del Poder Judicial [Spain] (associate partner)
  • Institutul National al Magistraturii [Romania] (associate partner)
  • Pravosudna Akademija [Croatia] (associate partner)
  • Ministrstvo za pravosodje Republika Slovenije [Slovenia] (associate partner)
  • Judicial Studies Committee of the Irish Judiciary [Ireland] (associate partner)