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:

Workshop at the ECBA Spring Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, Friday 21 April 2017, 4pm - 5.30pm
SUPRALAT workshop on assisting suspects at police interview.

On 27 November 2016, the EU Directive on Access to a Lawyer entered into force. The Directive, as well as the relevant ECtHR case law, provide for an active role of a lawyer at police interview (interrogation) of a suspect. There is, however, little clarity as to what this active role entails. There is also little guidance available to lawyers on how to exercise their new role in practice. This workshop will simulate parts of a training program developed by SUPRALAT project, which aims to prepare European lawyers to this new and challenging role. It will be highly participatory: e.g. it will include interactive e-learning exercises, role-plays, and discussions based on video fragments.
Your participation in the workshop will:
a) Enhance your knowledge of the relevant European law, police interview techniques and tactics, and ways to address them;
b) Help us test the applicability of training developed by the SUPRALAT project across the EU.
For whom?
This workshop is intended for criminal defence lawyers with some experience of police station legal advice, and/or interest in this topic, as well as for those who are involved in, or interested to be involved, in training legal practitioners in their countries. There is a maximum of 12 places available. If there are more than 12 subscriptions, we will conduct a selection. You may subscribe to the workshop by mailing the ECBA secretariat at Note that you will be asked to write a short paragraph about why you would like to participate.
By who?
The workshop will be conducted by Taru Spronken, former criminal defence lawyer and now Advocate-General at the Dutch Supreme Court and Professor at Maastricht University, and Anna Pivaty, researcher at Maastricht University.
Participation in the workshop is free of charge.

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).  

English version

French version

Human Rights page

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  

On 20 September 2016, representatives from the ECBA, together with representatives from the CCBE, had an excellent exchange of views with EU Commissioner Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss certain aspects of the  proposal for a European Public Prosecutors Office (EPPO).
The CCBE and ECBA communicated their concerns ranging from provisions concerning judicial review to the choice of forum and the need for proper defence rights. The ECBA was pleased to receive the invitation as it was a key time to have an exchange of views, as there is increased momentum to complete the EPPO discussions before the end of 2016 or early 2017.


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:

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

Its inaugural conference in conjunction with the UK Fraud Lawyers Association in London was hold on June 17, 2016. 


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