An exchange of experience between the EU and Lebanon for a better trained judiciary (13/03/2012)

The Judicial Studies Institute concluded today the training sessions of thirty four judges, in the presence of HE Chakib Qortbawi, Minister of Justice, Ambassador Angelina Eichhorst, Head of the Delegation of the European Union, HE Denis Pietton, French Ambassador, HE Jean Carlos Gafo, Spanish Ambassador, Mr. Sami Mansour, President of the judicial Studies Institute, and Ms. Karima Zouaoui, General Delegate of ACOJURIS, the International Agency of Legal Cooperation, as well as many other stakeholders of the Lebanese judicial system.

This training covered all the key topics of interest to judges through four modules covering the following areas: civil law and civil procedure, criminal law and criminal procedure, commercial law and economic law, and administrative law. It has thus trained thirty four future trainers who will pass on their knowledge, thereby guaranteeing the sustainability of the project.

The training of judges is part of the project "Capacity Building of the Ministry of Justice - Support to Professionalisation" funded by a grant of €2.7 million from the European Union. This project, implemented by ACOJURIS, aims to strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Justice to ensure the efficiency and proper functioning of justice in Lebanon by supporting the professionalisation of all judicial actors. The total number of judicial actors trained under the project amounts to more than 3500, well beyond initial forecasts of 2,625 trained persons.

The courses were jointly conducted by legal practitioners from EU Member States and Lebanon, which allowed participants to benefit from practical training. This programme has particularly benefited from the participation of judges from European countries that have legal systems similar to the Lebanese system, inspired by Roman law, notably France and Spain.

Minister Qortbawi and Ambassador Eichhorst stressed the fact that any State concerned with having the rule of law as a guiding principle of its development should place the aspiration to establish an efficient and independent judicial system at the centre of its priorities. They stressed the need to update the skills of judicial actors continuously in order to modernise the judiciary and to ensure that it function according to the legislative standards in place.