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5 April 2023

EJTN and the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights organize a seminar on judicial protection of fundamental rights granted by the EU Charter


On 20 and 21 March 2023, EJTN and the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) organized a seminar on the applicability and effect of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights in national proceedings.

European judges, prosecutors and court staff attended this activity and received an overview of the role of the Charter and its importance in protecting fundamental rights across the EU.

Topics discussed included the relationship between FRA and practitioners, the legal effects of the Charter at the national level and the protection of specific fundamental rights.

The discussions also touched on issues such as the relevant case law of the Court of Justice of the EU and the application of the Charter to practical cases in national law.

This seminar benefited from the participation of experts from Croatia, Finland, Greece, Italy and Romania, who helped judges, prosecutors and court staff exchange best practices in applying the EU Charter.

This activity was coordinated by Borja Sáez Martínez, EJTN’s Junior Project Manager responsible for the Human and Fundamental Rights activities and judges@europe.

Note for editors

Launched in 2017, EJTN’s Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms Sub-Working Group (HFR SWG) develops judicial training activities for European judges, prosecutors, and court staff. These activities allow practitioners to discuss the most crucial and recent human rights and fundamental freedoms developments at the European and EU level. Participants gain valuable insights from leading experts and exchange experiences and views on domestic legislation with their European counterparts.

The HFR SWG develops joint seminars and training activities in cooperation with EJTN’s external partners, such as the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and the Council of Europe’s Programme for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals Project (HELP), the Association of European Administrative Judges (AEAJ) and the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (MPI).

In 2022, the HFR SWG organized eleven training sessions for 343 participants from 24 countries across Europe, including 21 EU Member States, Kosovo, North Macedonia, and the United Kingdom.

For more information on the activities of the HFR SWG for 2023, please click here.