The training of 30 lawyers per participating bar association involves the organisation of six seminars of the same quality in the six partner Member States. These lawyers will receive comprehensive training enabling them to offer training to other European lawyers in this field.

The programme

The goal of the project is to improve knowledge of children’s rights among lawyers (at national and EU levels), to provide training in youth justice and to create a group of expert lawyers in the field, able to serve as the leading authorities on the subject in their respective countries, represent minors in the legal system, and advise and train their colleagues in this field.


The programme will run for 18 months and will include :

Meetings between partners, preparation of the information pack and the content of the training seminars;

Selection of lawyers to conduct and receive the training - organisation of 6 seminars - seminar assessment;

Creation and maintenance of a website

Communication and dissemination of the activities.

All the partners, with the exception of the European Lawyers Foundation, will be responsible for organising a seminar in their country, selecting the lawyers who will receive the training and selecting a lawyer to conduct training at the seminars held outside their country.

The preparation of the training seminars led to the creation of this information pack (in electronic form), which includes a general introduction dedicated to international and national texts governing the subject, covers criminal aspects (legal system, enforcement and adjustment of custodial sentences, unaccompanied foreign minors and child victims) disciplinary aspects (in the school system and in detention), civil aspects (children in danger, child support in family disputes and others), and transnational aspects (international and European texts, the European arrest warrant, children and the Brussels IIA Regulation and the Maintenance Regulation).

Matters related to specific technical aspects of child support (techniques for interviewing the child depending on the subject matter, hearing the child), as well as ethical issues are also addressed.

The longer-term goal is the creation of a European-network of children's lawyers who will be able to share experience and best practice in the subject, and who will also promote this network at national level.


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The Paris Bar Association has secured the support of six partners that have agreed to participate in the project :

Fondation des Avocats Européens
Law Society of Ireland (LSI)
Le Consejo General de la Abogacia Espanola (CGAE)
CyLaw Η Κυπριακή Πηγή Νομικής Πληροφόρησης
Δικηγορικός Σύλλογος Αθηνών
Krajowa Izba Radców Prawnych