SUPRALAT - Strengthening suspect's right in pre-trial proceedings through practice-oriented training for lawyers.
The ECBA is an Associate Partner in the SUPRALAT project.
The SUPRALAT-project specifically aims to:
- Develop a practice-oriented training programme for lawyers, that focuses on proceedings in the police detention stage, and pilot it in four EU Member States. The selected Member States are Belgium, Hungary, Ireland and the Netherlands.
- Advocate for practice-oriented training on facilitating suspects’ rights in pre-trial proceedings to become part of professional training curricula for criminal lawyers in EU Member States.
- Contribute to the exchange of best practices on facilitating the rights envisaged in the Directives among lawyers across the EU.
- As a result of SUPRALAT-project, to which the ECBA is partner, we will organise a workshop in which we will test/simulate a part of the innovative training program, intended to equip lawyers with the necessary skills to effectuate the rights of suspects at the early stages of the criminal proceedings in practice.
The project contributes to the implementation of newly-adopted EU Directives on suspects’ procedural rights – and especially the Directive on the right of access to a lawyer – in EU Member States.
To learn more about the project, please visit the website: www.salduzlawyer.eu
SUPRALAT workshop at the bi-annual ECBA conference in Prague
On 21 April, members of the SUPRALAT team (Rebecca Heemskerk, Anna Pivaty and Taru Spronken) delivered a workshop for members of the ECBA to demonstrate parts of the SUPRALAT training program.
Specifically, the workshop focused on active and effective representation during suspect interrogation by the police. Active and effective legal representation during police interrogation is the requirement of the EU Directive on the Right of Access to a Lawyer, which entered into force on 26 November 2016.
Another goal was to stimulate a reflective approach to one’s professional practice. This involves raising awareness of one’s motives for making certain professional choices, own professional style, and the underlying values.
The workshop was hosted by the Czech Bar Association in its headquarters in Prague, a beautiful 18th century Baroque building. It was attended by lawyers from the Czech Republic, Netherlands, Ireland, Norway, Germany, Luxembourg and the United Kingdom.
The workshop programme consisted of interactive exercises: discussion of a video fragment of an interrogation, and a roleplay. In the roleplay, participants were asked to reproduce an actual interrogation - based on an authentic case scenario – by playing the roles of the police, suspect and a lawyer. The roleplay was then analysed by the group using reflective and self-reflective skills.
The workshop highlighted once again the need for a practical, (self-)reflective approach to training criminal defence lawyers in the EU. Only a minority of the workshop participants had experienced this kind of training in the past. Yet, all participants agreed that this type of training was critical for the development of effective defence and representation skills.
As one participant noted: “Even experienced lawyers like me have a lot to learn from being thrown into an interrogation situation. We all know in theory what is active defence. Being active in practice – for example, knowing how to spot and stop unfair interrogation tactics - is quite different.”
The SUPRALAT training program will be available for dissemination across the EU in October 2017.
Joint statement on the possible reinstatement of the death penalty in Turkey
The statement was sent on Tuesday 11 October 2016 to President Erdoğan and relevant authorities in Turkey as well as key players at EU level (Commission, Council, Parliament, Council of Europe, European External Action Service, EU Fundamental Rights Agency).
Please click here for the reply from Prof. Dr. Metin Feyzioğlu, Esq., President of the Union of Turkish Bar Associations (UTBA) to the ECBA and here for the statement issued by the UTBA and the local bar associations.
Joint Meeting with the ECBA, CCBE and the EU Commissioner on EPPO
ECBA Handbook on the EAW for Defence Lawyers
The ECBA is very pleased to announce that a ECBA Handbook on the EAW has been published on the following website: http://handbook.ecba-eaw.org/
European Fraud and Compliance Lawyers (EFCL)
The ECBA is pleased to announce the launch of a new sub-association - the European Fraud and Compliance Lawyers (EFCL). It will focus on fraud and white collar crime and compliance and regulatory issues. The EFCL will have its own sub-board and working groups that will report to the ECBA board. The EFCL will host annual conferences focusing on relevant issues, usually in the summer. It is intended that the conferences will be held in London, Paris, Frankfurt and Milan on a rotating basis. Members of the ECBA will automatically be members of the sub-association. For more information go to www.efcl.eu
Its inaugural conference in conjunction with the UK Fraud Lawyers Association in London was hold on June 17, 2016.
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