What we do

Background

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 our geographical scope to include North Africa, the Middle East and Asia. If the project is right for the Foundation, we would also consider working in other locations.

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 work in three ways:

  1. 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.
  2. We have created post-graduate fellowships in English law to enable young lawyers from European countries to study in England and to gain an insight into the working of the English legal system.
  3. We organise an annual lecture given by leading experts on various aspects of European law.

Conferences, seminars, training and judicial exchanges

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)

Fellowships

These help us to build up strong links with young lawyers in these countries.

Since 1999 the Foundation has awarded 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.

Go to the Fellowships page

Annual Lectures

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.

To date the 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) .

Go to the Lectures page