StrEnghten Lay and honorary
judges European CompeTencies

Project Abstract

The project aims to develop a training course through frontal lessons and e-learning instruments able to provide lay judges involved with didactic and practical tools suitable to support the correct application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (so-called Charter of Nice) in the national legal systems. The Charter is relevant in significant areas for the jurisdictional protection of people, such as immigration law, family and child law, labour and consumer law, anti-discrimination law. Its application with respect to internal rules, in addition to being required for the fulfilment of the obligations set by EU law, enriches the protection tools for people, determining, in many cases, greater protection compared to that provided by the national law. The criteria assessment that entails the application of the Charter is a very complex task for the national law operator since it requires a constant reference to recent developments in the EU Court of Justice jurisprudence and European Union legislation. The project, therefore, responds to the need for follow up on a constant updating to which justice professionals are legally subjected.

General Objectives


Contributing to the effective and coherent application of EU law by providing training to honorary and lay judges on the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Highlighting Lay Judges role for the proper functioning of European judicial systems, promoting the systematic training of this category on EU law and the cross-border know-how exchange and cooperation among lay judges.

Expected results


Theoretical and practical knowledge of the most recent European Union directives on protection of fundamental rights theme improved;

Awareness of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights added value implemented and strengthened.

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