by Benoit de Clerck

… in partnership with ENM (France)

The training academy under the judicial authority of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (ADJA)[1] is responsible for the training of future judges and prosecutors, but also of clerks, notaries, bailiffs and legal experts.

ADJA launched a project to overhaul this academy, and sent a call for tenders to the École Nationale de la Magistrature (ENM) in France. In their response, ENM’s international department managers included an EEEI proposal concerning training of judicial Experts.

When ENM’s proposal is choosen, then several EEEI participants will have to travel to Abu Dhabi in 2019 and 2020. The decision on ADJA’s bid selection is expected by the end of the year.

… in partnership with EFB (France)

L’Ecole de formation du Barreau (EFB) is the name of School operated by the Bar under the jurisdiction of the Paris Court of Appeal. EFB is one of the 15 schools entrusted on training of future lawyers by French law n° 71-1130 of 31 December 1971. With 2,000 student lawyers enrolled, EFB alone trains about half of the territory’s future lawyers.

EEEI has been a partner of the EFB since 2016, when a sequence on legal expertise and experts has been delivered as part of the module “the lawyer’s interlocutors”, within the common core of the 1st year.

Meetings were held in spring with Mr. BERLIOZ, the school’s new director. An extension of  partnership should take place in 2019, with news lectures on expertise to be given by experts and magistrates during the specialisation pathway, and the writing of the lawyer’s guide-book to expertise usages, in the “Lawyer’s Library” collection created by the school.

… in partnership with the CNB (France)

The Conseil National des Barreaux is the institution representing all the lawyers in France.The Law gives to CNB several mandates, such as the organisation of initial and continuing training of lawyers.

Le bâtonnier DUCASSE heads the training committee of CNB.  He asked EEEI to manage a project in order to design and produce several e-learning modules for lawyers continuing education. The very first modules focusing on technological themes (GDPR, cyber risks & cyber-security…) are expected for early 2019. An ongoing reflection is underway on modules discussing general topics (e.g.: “using adequate of expertise and the expert”), or on fields relevant to expertise and where law is yet unified in the EU, such as environmental laws.

… in other EU Member States

Several EEEI member societies of experts  conduct already training initiatives for judges and lawyers on Expertise in their own countries.

In particular, the board of Netherlands’ experts on environmental issues, the STAB (“Stichting Advisering Bestuursrechtspraak voor Milieu en Ruimtelijke Ordening”), delivers training for administrative courts judges. EEEI hopes to set up relationship between STAB and French CNEJE (compagnie nationale des experts de justice en environnement ) in order to study opportunity and feasibility of transposing these training courses for french judges and lawyers.

Through this first experience, EEEI wishes to broaden the opportunities for intra-European collaborations between its members. Therefore EEEI should initiate a large operation to identify initiatives of its members in the Member States and also qualify those with a scope that has proven to be promising.

[1] The Emirate of Abu Dhabi is a member of the United Arab Emirates Federation (UAE)


Training systems in the Member States for Judiciary, Court staff’s and Layers (source European e-Justice portal)

National training structures for the judiciary

Court staff’s training systems in the Member States

Lawyers’ training systems in the Member States