How should we understand the missions of the EEEI ?
The members of the EEEI have set themselves a mission of participating in the consolidation of trust and mutual recognition of implementing the expertise of justice through the European projects of harmonisation of justice. The mission is about developing trust between the participants of these processes through a better knowledge of their roles and the existing rules, and especially to defend and promote the place within these processes of the expert, of justice and best practices in forensic expertise.
How do training activities contribute to these missions, and what messages will we deliver ?
Pedagogy is the most powerful lever for deepening the knowledge of expertise by the natural interlocutors of the Expert within the judicial world. To deliver this pedagogy, is there a more ideal place than schools, institutes, and universities that train future judges and lawyers ? And for already confirmed practitioners, which forum is better placed than that of continuing education, usually organised by these same schools ?
As for the useful messages to be delivered, we must explain the reinforced professionalism of the expertise and the mode of exercise of the experts of justice, which will be obtained everywhere in Europe, only through the implementation and the respect of the good practices we have identified, through projects such as EUREXPERTISE (1) and more recently EGLE (2), developed with the support of the European Commission, with our members and our other partners, and that our future projects will continue to enrich them.
Has the EEEI nevertheless taken concrete action in this area of training, ?
Our initial research was on a project to identify requirements in the different EU member states for the selection and retention of experts on judicial lists. We then decided to postpone this project to focus on ’FindAnExpert’ (3), which is the project we just won.
In 2017 we conducted a pilot program in France for the 1,200 students in initial training of the EFB, the Training School of the Paris Bar, which is the largest in France. Speakers, selected from our members, for their recognized experience and professionalism and the quality of their pedagogy, took part in four sessions during the first semester, and again three sessions in the second semester.
We then drew up a balance sheet of this action, which should be perpetuated in 2018 through a sustainable partnership contract. During the review with the EFB the coverage of other needs, such as the creation of modules adapted to specialization courses at the end of initial training, specific sessions for continuing education of the young bar, etc. were mentioned
What are your prospects for 2018 ?
We had first encouraging exchanges with the ENM, the school of the judiciary in France.In other European countries, apart from the development of the “FindAnExpert” project, we plan to propose and implement training on expertise for other legal professionals, starting in France with the EFB and the ENM. Part of our efforts in 2018 will focus on the formalisation and consolidation of an educational database. We have asked some of our most active members in this field (EWI, LRGD, …) to identify their own activities, in order to build a database of practical cases for reference use, as well as educational content and transposable for international training, which we can then offer in another country. We invite all readers of the newsletter to share their interest in this topic with us.
In general, in all countries where we are represented, we aim to maintain and develop more relations with academic and academic entities, in order to maintain and enrich exchanges of methods and processes that will benefit all.
Jacques Lauvin (FR) / Benoit de Clerck (FR)