General Overview

Luxembourg - European Centre for Judges and Lawyers

Understanding EU law is essential for anyone dealing with the transposition, application and enforcement of rules and legislation in national administrations and legal systems.

EIPA's European Centre for Judges and Lawyers in Luxembourg (ECJL) provides services in the fields of European law and the administration and quality of justice for those working in the European legal professions, as well as for civil servants, corporate counsels, academics and others with an interest in EU legislation and law.

About the centre

Created in 1992, EIPA’s European Centre for Judges and Lawyers in Luxembourg has become one of Europe’s leading providers of training and other capacity building services in the fields of European Union law and the quality of justice for the judiciary as well as lawyers, public servants and other legal experts working in the European arena.

The centre's resident team of legal experts ensures an in-depth knowledge of EU law and its implementation in national law, cross border judicial and law enforcement cooperation as well as the introduction of total quality management into the justice sector. This team is reinforced by an extensive network of external experts, consisting of legal practitioners (members and legal secretaries of the Court of Justice, the Court of First Instance and national courts, private practicing lawyers, etc.) national public servants, Community officials and academics.

Specifically with respect to its seminar and training activities, the European Centre for Judges and Lawyers combines the transfer of knowledge with transfer of practical know-how and judge craft as well as exchanges among practitioners of good practices. Moreover, since 2013, the centre also provides EU law modules as part of the initial training conducted by national judicial training authorities for future judges, prosecutors and court staff.

The centre also offers various life-long learning programmes on European law issues, which are tailor-made to meet the needs and availability of professionals. The programmes include a part-time online Master programme, which meets the Bologna criteria, a two-week summer school and various e-learning training modules.

In recent years, EIPA’s European Centre for Judges and Lawyers has developed a growing portfolio of consultancy and practical study assignments. The consultancy projects include support to the transposition of EU legislation into national law, the strengthening of the organisation as well as the management and training capacities of national judicial training centres, implementing self-assessment tools such as CAF in the justice sector as well as evaluation and improvement of judicial training. As regards applied research assignments, the centre has provided comparative analyses, studies and briefing notes to the European Parliament and the European Commission.

Finally, the centre is continuously expanding its network of bilateral co-operation agreements with national schools for the judiciary as well as national and European level associations of various legal professions and it participates in various general and specialised networks dealing with European law and judicial co-operation and training issues.

Core modules

The activities of the centre in Luxembourg revolve around a series of training packages and regular seminar series:

  • Implementation, application and enforcement of European law: practical training activities on the interpretation, transposition/approximation, application and enforcement of specific European legal instruments as well as seminars and conferences providing updates on recent developments in various fields of law as well as. The centre's activities cover various Internal Market and Regulatory issues such as European food law, consumer protection law, environmental law, competition law, intellectual property and financial services as well as judicial cooperation instruments.

  • Quality of justice and judicial cooperation: practical training modules on the introduction and implementation of quality management and electronic tools within the judicial system, cross border cooperation in the fields of criminal, civil and commercial matters as well as law enforcement, access to justice, relations to the media and development of personal skills of members, officials and other representatives of the European legal professions.

  • European litigation: practical training on the procedures of the European Courts (e.g. the different legal actions before the courts and the preliminary ruling), good litigation practices before these courts and litigating EU law before national courts. The centre also provides both general seminars and tailor made training and coaching on the infringement procedure and how to respond to informal inquiries and the letter of formal notice during the pre-litigation phase.

  • Cross-cutting and special programmes: general adult life-learning programmes (such as the Online Masters in European Legal Studies and the Summer School on EU Law and its Implementation), EU law for non-lawyers, EU law for new judicial officers and civil servants, intensive training programmes on general European economic law, how to prepare for the EPSO competitions, and training of EU law trainers programmes.




Contact address:
European Centre for Judges and Lawyers
2 Circuit de la Foire Internationale
L - 1347 Luxembourg
Tel: (+352) 426 230-1
Fax: (+352) 426 237
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NEWS: EIPA's European Centre for Judges and Lawyers is recognised as one of the main providers of judicial training in EU Law in the recently published European Commission's report on judicial training.
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