What We Do
We Work in
Conferences, Seminars, Training & Judicial Exchanges
Since its inception, the Foundation has worked to provide links between the English legal system and the legal systems in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. In recent years we have widened its work to an international audience. If the Foundation considers a project is right for us we are able to offer assistance working with global partnerships.
The Foundation has learned that the individuals in many judiciaries are most receptive to learning directly from the experience of members of the UK judiciary. The Foundation therefore has built up strong links at all levels within the English and Welsh judiciary and is able to call upon the services of senior and experienced individuals. This ensures that the Foundation is able to develop and deliver a unique programme that is most suitable to the specific requirements of an individual country.
We provide conferences, seminars, training and judicial exchanges focussing on the procedures and role of the European Court of Justice, the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary, the principles of human rights as they affect the work of national courts, ADR (particularly mediation), and modern methods of case management as applied by judges and court administrators.
The Foundation is able to give high level impartial advice and assistance to judiciaries through its experience both in the United Kingdom and internationally.
We organise an annual lecture given by leading experts on various aspects of European law.
We run and participate in Conferences throughout the world. For example, we played a leading role in conferences of senior judges in Paris considering some of the problems posed by the threat of terrorism and another on serious crime.
In addition the Foundation provides seminars wherever our partners require them. To date we have provided these in Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, and Ukraine.
We provide training courses in a range of areas including judicial ethics, mediation, and alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Examples of these can be found here.
We also arrange for overseas judges to the UK to study court procedures. For example, we recently organised an intensive programme in London and Edinburgh for a delegation of judges and court administrators from the Russian Supreme Commercial Court. More information (link to Russia)
Our Fellowships help us to build strong links with young lawyers in the countries where we work.
Since 1999 the Foundation has awarded 17 Fellowships to graduates from Finland, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Latvia, Estonia Lithuania and Ukraine. The most recent fellowships (2014) were awarded to two Fellows from Albania and in 2021 we will welcome two new fellows from Tanzania.
Annual Lectures are an important feature of our activities. We are fortunate in our ability to attract high quality speakers on a range of topics covering our areas of work.
Past speakers have included The Rt Hon the Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers the retired President of the UK Supreme Court, the President of the European Court of Justice, Sir Crispin Tickell, Judge Rosalyn Higgins (the President of the International Court in The Hague), Lord Hannay, Christopher Patten, Sir Nicolas Bratza (a Judge of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg) and Jean-Marc Sauvé (Vice-President of the Conseil d’Ếtat in France) .