The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), which represents the bars and law societies of 45 countries and through them more than 1 million European lawyers, would like to invite you to participate in the Side Event “Threatened lawyers: the end of the Rule of Law in Europe?” on 24 January 2018 from 1pm until 2pm, in conjunction with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe session.
The CCBE Side Event will highlight the increasing attacks on lawyers in Council of Europe States with concrete testimonies from lawyers, who have themselves been victims of human rights violations. The CCBE will also explain why a European Convention on the profession of lawyer is needed in order to counter those attacks, and allow lawyers to play their essential role as actors in the system of justice and to contribute to protecting the Rule of Law.
The Side Event is sponsored by Ms. Sabien Lahaye-Battheu, member of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, rapporteur for the case for drafting a European Convention on the Profession of Lawyer.
The event will be held in the Palais de l’Europe building - meeting room 5 (2nd floor).
Please find attached the following documents:
The language of the meeting will be English (with interpretation in Russian).
The CCBE Training conference took place on 14 December 2017 in Brussels at the L42 Business Centre (Rue de la Loi 42, 1040, Brussels). The programme included panels on the transforming management of the law firm in the digital era, neuroscience and new discoveries on effective learning, innovative training tools such as MOOC, virtual reality, webinar, and finally guides to financing projects. Furthermore, the conference provided an introduction to the European Training Platform on the e-Justice portal, and represented a valuable opportunity for training providers and legal professionals to share best practices and innovative solutions for legal training.
Please find the available presentations of the speakers for the conference here:
On March 30, the CCBE organised, in conjunction with ProtectDefenders.eu, a workshop entitled “How to improve the protection of threatened lawyers worldwide? Practical tools from the EU Human Rights Defenders mechanism”. At the workshop, the new online platform “Index of attacks and threats against Human Rights Defenders” created by the European Union Human Rights Defenders Mechanism, was launched. This platform is an important new instrument to enhance the protection of threatened lawyers, since it will centralise alerts on attacks on lawyers worldwide. The event gathered around 70 participants among which were Bars and Law Societies, International, European and national lawyers’ organisations, individual lawyers, and human rights NGOs. Mercedes García Pérez, Head of Human rights Division at the European External Action Service (EEAS), and Sarah Rinaldi from the Commission’s DirectorateGeneral for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO) presented the EU initiatives in support of human rights defenders/lawyers. The CCBE President, Ruthven Gemmell WS, and the CCBE Human Rights Committee Chair, Patrick Henry, highlighted the deterioration of the situation of lawyers in many countries and reported on international mobilisation and the CCBE initiatives in support of threatened lawyers. The European Union Human Rights Defenders Mechanism representatives presented the new platform, as well as other practical tools to assist endangered human rights defenders and lawyers.
The conference is organised within the framework of the EU and Council of Europe programmatic cooperation for the EU’s Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus).
The CCBE-President 2015, Maria Slazak, and Bar/Law Society representatives from Finland, France, Georgia, Ireland and Poland will participate in the event.
The CCBE conference on Innovation and the Future of the Legal Profession took place on 21 October 2016 in Paris.
Many topics were covered during the event and the speakers did an outstanding job of sharing their expertise.
We will make all their Powerpoints available on the conference website as well as photos and a video of the conference.
On 19 October, the National Bar Council (CNB) in Paris hosted the CCBE Seminar on ‘Lawyers and the European Court of Human Rights’.
The discussions focused on two main themes: the role of lawyers before the European Court of Human Rights and the future of the Court.
The seminar was moderated by Laurent Pettiti, who is a lawyer at the Paris Bar and President of the Permanent Delegation of the CCBE to the European Court of Human Rights.
On this occasion, the new edition of the CCBE practical guide for lawyers acting before the Court was launched – ‘The European Court of Human Rights - Questions & answers for lawyers’.
During the event, a new presentation film of the European Court of Human Rights was displayed.
In cooperation with the Albanian Bar Association, the CCBE held a seminar, which focused on two topi
- the core values of the legal profession and their enforcement and
- the training of lawyers.
During the morning session participants discussed the functioning of disciplinary proceedings, including the number and type of disciplinary decisions and the most frequent violations of the code of conduct. The afternoon session allowed for a good discussion and exchange of information on the rules of initial and continuous training in Albania, France and England & Wales (solicitors). Practical questions such as the financing of law schools and teachers, the composition of boards of law schools, etc. were also raised.
The international organisations which attended the event also made their contribution to its success. The World Bank presented to the audience a draft version of their comparative analysis of Bars and Law Societies in selected European jurisdictions. The Council of Europe – HELP – reported about the continuous work on Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals.
For more information about the seminar, please click here.
The CCBE organised a Human Rights seminar on 16 May in Athens, in conjunction with its Plenary Session. The Vice-President of the European Court of Human Rights, Josep Casadevall, addressed the issue of freedom of expression of lawyers after an opening address by the Minister of Justice of Greece.
The President of the Greek State Council, Constantinos F. Menoudakos, spoke about the right to judicial protection in the judicial precedents of the Council of State of Greece. Ilias Anagnostopoulos, Chairman of the CCBE Criminal Law Committee, covered the issue of the right of access to a lawyer in Europe.
Laurent Pettiti, chairman of the CCBE Permanent Delegation to the European Court of Human Rights, made final remarks in relation to the latest developments at the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR).
CESL – lawyers buying into the process
The CCBE organised a debate on “The Common European Sales Law - lawyers buying into the process” in Brussels, with the keynote speech given by Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship. The CCBE used this occasion officially to present its position to the Commissioner. The CCBE received very direct replies to its recommendations to improve the proposed text. The aim of the debate was also to stimulate dialogue as to how the proposed Regulation for a CESL should be taken forward, after having raised divergent reactions from various stakeholders across Europe. The event was well attended by a variety of participants, indeed mostly lawyers, but also representatives of the EU Institutions and of other NGOs. The discussions confirmed that lawyers largely support the CESL and that this is felt to be necessary for the success of the proposed instrument since they will be the ones advising their clients about it. The text of the speeches that were delivered will soon be available on this page.
11 April 2012 – Together with the Consiglio Nazionale Forense (the Italian Bar Association), the CCBE organised a conference in Rome on “The proposed Common European Sales Law – the lawyers’ view”. The aim of the conference was to promote a debate among legal practitioners regarding the main legal issues of the proposal. Speaking at the conference were Luigi Berlinguer, Co-Rapporteur at the European Parliament, and Dirk Staudenmayer, Head of the relevant Unit at the European Commission, as well as expert lawyers from different jurisdictions across Europe. The conference was characterised by a lively and fruitful debate, with both Mr Berlinguer and Mr Staudenmayer showing openness to different viewpoints.
In her opening address, Marcella Prunbauer-Glaser recalled the CCBE’s early interest in a European contract law and its call, already in 2009, for EU sales law applicable in business-to-business and business-to-consumer contracts and not limited to cross-border contracts. She said that, whilst there is no CCBE position yet on the Commission’s proposal and some CCBE members are less favourable to the idea, the proposal is consonant with past CCBE positions on European contract law. She stressed that the doubts recently expressed by the CCBE about the validity of the legal basis chosen would not stop it from actively contributing, as was shown by the organisation of this conference.
Contribution of Enrica Senini (Italy)
The obligation to provide legal aid to those lacking sufficient resources forms part of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union as a necessary tool for ensuring effective access to justice. In the framework of the Stockholm Programme, a proposal on a new legislative instrument on access to a lawyer in criminal matters is currently being considered and a report on the application in the Member States of Directive 2003/8/EC on legal aid in cross-border disputes is foreseen by the European Commission.
This conference organised jointly by the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) and the Academy of European Law (ERA) on the occasion of the CCBE's 50th anniversary, aims at providing a forum for informed discussion on the future of legal aid in Europe, bringing together as keynote speakers key figures from the European institutions, to be followed by a discussion between legal practitioners, academics, EU officials and stakeholders dealing with the issue.
- Consolidated version of the Treaty on European Union
- Council Directive 2002/8/EC of 27 January 2003, to improve access to justice in cross-border disputes by establishing minimum common rules relating to legal aid for such disputes
- Resolution of the Council of 30 november 2009, on a roadmap for strengthening procedural rights of suspected or accused persons in criminal proceedings (2009/C 295/01)
- CCBE Recommendations on Legal Aid
Cross-border legal relationships and their consequences (e.g. divorce, custody decisions and their enforcement abroad, maintenance) confront family lawyers with complex legal problems. New legal acts at the European and international level affect their daily work. Legal practitioners are therefore required to deal ever more with legal questions arising from cross-border family and parental responsibility cases.
- Conference Programme
- Conference Brochure
- Divorce: Civil Law / Common Law - Convergences & Divergences - Mr. Tim Amos, QC / Ms. Isabelle Rein-Lescastereyres / Ms. Béatrice Weiss-Gout
- Childen's rights in proceedings according to German Law - Ms Eva Becker
- Les contrats de famille et l'acte sous signature juridique - Mr. Michel Benichou
- Intervention from Ms. Véronique Chauveau
- Future of family contracts - comparative law and European law - Guido Alpa
- Marriage and Non-Marital Registered Partnerships - A European Perspective of Private International Law - Mr Richard Frimston
- Child Abduction Cases in Estonia - Ms. Liis Hallik
- Developments in Hague - Child Abduction cases - the English Experience - Ms. Anne Marie Hutchinson OBE
- Alternative Dispute Resolution in Europe - Ms Rachael Kelsey / Ms. Emma Ries
- Intervention from Dr. Malgorzata Kozuch
- Brussels II bis: Jurisdiction in divorce matters - Dr. Talia Kruger (PhD)
- Les nouveaux instruments de la Haye et le futur règlement européen relatifs aux obligations alimentaires - Mr. Philippe Lortie / Ms. Marie Salord
- The role of the child in Child Custody Proceedings : The rights of the child according to International Conventions and US American Law - Dr. Kerstin Niethammer-Jürgens
- Pratiquer le droit de la famille en Europe - Le règlement 'Bruxelles I' - Professor Cyril Nourissat
- Pratiquer le droit de la famille en Europe - Rome III - Mr. Fernando Rui Paulino Pereira
- Practising Family Law in Europe - Mediation Directive on Mediation in Civil and Commercial Matters - Mr. Fernando Rui Paulino Pereira
- Dealing with Cohabitation in Sweden - Ms. Mia Reich Sjögren
- Brussels II bis - Mr. Fredric Renström / Ms. Hélène Poivey Leclercq
- Les régimes matrimoniaux: la mise en place d'un cadre juridique commun dans l'Union européenne - Mr. François Thomas
- Premarital agreements on the matrimonial property regime and regulating a future matrimonial dissolution - Mr. Luis Zarraluqui Navarro
- Tom Ladrup-Pedersen (Aarhus University, member of QUAACAS, Denmark)
- Hartmut Kilger (President, German Bar Association)
- Pierre Thielen (Former President, Luxembourg Bar Association)
- Luciano Garofalo (University of Bari, Italian Bar Association)
- Julian Lonbay
- Amanda Fancourt (Vocational Education Developer, UK Centre for Legal Education, University of Warwick)
- Richard Bühler (Ministry of Justice, LJPA,NRW, President of the Juristisches Prüfungsamt and chair of the German Länder Ministries of Justice Group on Legal Education)
- Lenka Eisenbruková (Czech Bar Association)
- Rob van Otterlo (Chief Operations Officer, The Netherlands Bar Association)
- Audrey Guinchard (University of Essex, Department of Law, UK)
- Anne Pelissier (University of Strasbourg, member of QUAACAS, France)
- Maria Slazak (Polish National Council of Legal Advisers)
- Waltraute Steger (Vice-President, Austrian Bar Association)
- Pierre Lafont (French Conseil National des Barreaux, former President of the Training Committee of the Conseil National des Barreaux)
- Colin Tyre, QC (President of the CCBE)
- Jacek Petzel (University of Warsaw, member of the ELFA Board, Poland)
The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), which represents through its member bars more than 700,000 lawyers, is pleased to invite you to a conference on 15 December 2005 in Madrid.
This conference is organised by the CCBE in partnership with the Consejo General de la Abogacía Española (CGAE- Spanish Bar Association), and addresses “ E-communication and the legal profession in Europe”.
The conference will gather IT experts from the Bars of the European Union and the European Economic Area, members of the CCBE and CGAE IT Law Committees, representatives from national governments and European institutions in charge of information society policies.
The conference aims, on the one hand, to share the experience of those European Bars which are well advanced in e-communication and the Internet, and on the other hand, to address the challenges faced by the legal profession in Europe with regard to the information society.
The CCBE wishes, through the organisation of such an event, to help develop the use of electronic communication, in particular with the courts, in the framework of the professional rules applicable to the legal profession, and to seek assistance in the development of its own work programme for 2006 a s part of its role in assisting European bars.
- Arve Føyen , Lawyer, President of the CCBE IT Law Committee
- Dr. Wolfgang Heufler, Rechtsanwalt, President of the IT-Commission of the Austrian Bar ÖRAK, Austria
- Pedro Luis Huguet Tous, President of the IT Commission of the Consejo General de la Abogacía Española , Colegio de Abogados de Reus, Spain
- Gérard Sabater, Lawyer and former President of the Draguignan Bar, in charge for the "Conseil National des Barreaux" of the project "Réseau Privé Virtuel Avocat / Intranet" France
- Paul Timmers, Head of Unit E-government, European Commission, Directorate-General Information Society & Media
- Marc de Vries et Stig Marthinsen, Caselex project managers
- Fredesvinda Insa, Project Director of Cybex leads the A.E.E.C. Project funded under the AGIS programme of the European Commission's DG Justice, Freedom and Security
- Patrick Van Eecke, Lawyer registered with the Dutch speaking Brussels Bar, Belgium
- Jean-François Henrotte, elegis, Lawyer registered with the Liège Bar, Belgium
- Robert Boekhorst, Lawyer, Stibbe, Amsterdam
- Bernard Vatier, CCBE President
- Marianne Mikko, Member of the European Parliament, Delegation to the EU-Moldova Parliamentary Cooperation Committee, Chairwoman (Estonia)
- Fiona Mc Lean, Head of the European Commission Tacis Branch Office in Moldov [speech sent to the CCBE but not presented at the conference]
- David Dolidze, Administrator, Private Law Department, DG I Legal Affairs, Council of Europe
- Marcin Radwan-Röhrenschef, Member of the CCBE Legal Aid Working Group (Poland)
- Victor Muntaneu, Soros Moldova Foundation
- Corinne Smith, ABA CEELI
- Tatiana Vizdoaga, Member of the Moldovan Bar and Chief of the State University Bar
- David Keating, Co-Chairman of the CCBE PECO Committee (United Kingdom)
- Wojciech Hermelinski, Member of the CCBE Moldova task force (Poland)