PRACTITIONER TRAINING COURSE: “The EU directives on fair trial rights in criminal proceedings”, 4-6 March 2016, Athens, Greece

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Criminal lawyers from Greece, Italy, Malta, and Cyprus can apply now for Fair Trials’ Practitioner Training on the new EU Directives on fair trial rights in criminal proceedings (Directive 2010/64/EU on the right to interpretation & translation, Directive 2012/13/EU on the right to information and Directive 2013/48/EU on the right of access to a lawyer). The course will tell you all you need to know about these important new measures and related EU law.

Delivered in partnership with the Centre for European Constitutional Law (CECL) and local legal experts from Fair Trials’ network, the course will help you to use the Directives to challenge systemic issues in your own jurisdiction using new innovative advocacy techniques.

Where: St George Lycabettus Boutique Hotel, Athens, Greece

When: 4-6 March 2016 (training on 4 (evening), all day 5/6 March)

Language: English

For Lawyers from: Greece, Italy, Malta, and Cyprus

Application deadline: 3 January 2016 (successful candidates informed by 8 January)

Cost: There is no charge for the training. Your accommodation on the nights of 4 and 5 March will be provided (for non-local participants only), as well as breakfast and lunch on the training days. We will also provide a complimentary networking dinner on 5 March. You will only need to cover the cost of your travel to and from Athens, and dinner on the first night.

To apply / information:


Download the application form here.

Previous trainees said:

  • “As always, the training was incredibly well-thought through, very practical and there was a perfect balance between theoretical and practical knowledge” – Warsaw training participant
  • “Not only did I learn a lot from the training and hearing from other practitioners’ practices, but also it was useful to get ideas and to regain energy to work on changing what is going on in our judicial system. Many thanks to the FTI team!” – Strasbourg training participant

The Programme:

  • Two days of interactive and participatory training aimed at providing you with key, up-to-date information on the EU Directives on fair trial rights in criminal proceedings:
    • Directive on the Right to Interpretation and Translation in criminal proceedings;
    • Directive on the Right to Information in criminal proceedings; and
    • Directive on the Right to Access a Lawyer in criminal proceedings.
  • “Local Focus” module delivered by the Centre for European Constitutional Law and local experts from Fair Trials’ Legal Experts Advisory Panel to help you use the EU Directives most effectively in your own jurisdiction.
  • Learn about key developments within different Member States and the ways in which the Directives are being used strategically to tackle systemic poor practices.
  • Meet other lawyers from around Europe and share experiences and ideas of innovative ways to protect defendants’ rights.

Co-funded by the Criminal Justice Programme of the European Commission. 

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