EJTN is pleased to open the first call for applicants for study visits taking place in the first semester of 2024. EJTN study visits are open to judges, prosecutors, court and prosecution staff and judicial trainers from EU Member States.
Eleven study visits will be organised with seven partner institutions. If you are interested, please go to our online application portal and submit your application by 15 December 2023 (18:00 Brussels time).
EJTN provides financial support for participation in these activities. Further information on the financial conditions governing study visits can be found here.
A second call for applicants will open mid-April 2024 for study visits taking place in the second semester.
New for 2024: European Public Prosecutor’s Office
Study visits to the European Public Prosecutor’s office will be organised in 2024 in two different formats: Two general one-day visits will be combined with study visits to the Court of Justice of the EU in March and September (see below).
An additional study visit exclusively for prosecutors, investigative and criminal law judges will be organised in July 2024 and focus on a case study.
|1 – 2 July 2024 (TBC)||Luxembourg||1.5 days||English||25 places|
Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
The study visit aims to provide more in-depth knowledge and comparative perspectives on how to adequately address cultural and religious diversity in the courtroom, with specific reference to the principle of non-discrimination and its limits (video available here).
|13 – 17 May 2024||Halle, Germany||5 days||English||12 places|
European Court of Human Rights
Study visits to the European Court of Human Rights aim to equip participants with a comprehensive understanding of the Court, including its functioning and case law.
|4 – 6 March 2024||Strasbourg, France||2.5 days||English||40 places|
|15 – 17 April 2024 (TBC)||Strasbourg, France||2.5 days||French||40 places|
|3 – 5 June 2024 (TBC)||Strasbourg, France||2.5 days||English||40 places|
Court of Justice of the European Union
Study visits to the Court of Justice of the European Union are a long-term tradition in the EJTN Exchange Programme. These visits aim to equip participants with a more in-depth understanding of the Court’s powers, organisation and functioning.
|4 – 6 March 2024 (TBC)||Luxembourg||2.5 days (together with EPPO)||English||40 places|
|6 – 7 May 2024 (TBC)||Luxembourg||1.5 days||English||40 places|
|8 – 9 July 2024 (TBC)||Luxembourg||1.5 days||French||40 places|
This study visit aims to raise participants’ awareness of the role of the European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation (Eurojust) and its organisation and to offer them a more in-depth understanding of the powers given to Eurojust National Members and the judicial cooperation instruments in criminal matters.
A visit to the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol) and the International Criminal Court will also be organised.
|5-7 June 2024||The Hague, Netherlands||3 days||English||40 places|
European institutions in Brussels
The study visit to EU institutions in Brussels is organised with the European Commission, the Council of the European Union, the European Parliament, the European Anti-fraud Office (OLAF) and the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS).
|8 – 10 April 2024||Brussels, Belgium||3 days||English||35 places|
European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
The study visit aims to introduce participants to the work of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights in a wide range of areas, including the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, non-discrimination, access to justice, LGBTI, hate crimes, asylum and migration, children’s rights and data protection.
In addition, a visit to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) offers valuable insights into international approaches to preventing and addressing hate crimes, discrimination and human rights violations.
|23 – 24 May 2024 (TBC)||Vienna, Austria||1.5 days||English||40 places|
Note to participants
Launched in 2005 at the initiative of the European Parliament, the Exchange Programme for judicial authorities organises study visits bringing together groups of participants from different nationalities, to offer insights into the functioning of key institutions.
The activities of EJTN’s Exchange Programme allow judges, prosecutors, court staff and trainers from different EU Member States to improve their knowledge of other judicial systems and human rights law through direct contact and sharing of views and experiences.
The Exchange Programme also aims to develop a European judicial culture based on mutual trust between judicial authorities in the European judicial area.