2.7 million euros from the EU to reinforce the efficiency of justice in Lebanon

A project on ‘Capacity Building of the Ministry of Justice - Support to Professionalisation’, funded by a grant of €2.7 million from the European Union, has allowed the Judicial Studies Institute to provide training sessions to 34 judges in Lebanon. This project, implemented by ACOJURIS, aims to strengthen the capacity of the Lebanese Ministry of Justice to ensure the efficiency and proper functioning of justice in the country by supporting the professionalisation of all judicial actors. The total number of judicial actors trained under the project amounts to more than 3,500, well beyond initial forecasts of 2,625 trained persons.

This training covered all the key topics of interest to judges through four modules covering the following areas: civil law and civil procedure, criminal law and criminal procedure, commercial law and economic law, and administrative law. It has thus trained 34 future trainers, who will pass on their knowledge, thereby guaranteeing the sustainability of the project.
The training sessions to the judges were concluded last week in the presence of HE Chakib Qortbawi, Minister of Justice, Ambassador Angelina Eichhorst, Head of the Delegation of the European Union, HE Denis Pietton, French Ambassador, HE Jean Carlos Gafo, Spanish Ambassador, Mr. Sami Mansour, President of the judicial Studies Institute, and Ms. Karima Zouaoui, General Delegate of ACOJURIS, the International Agency of Legal Cooperation, as well as many other stakeholders of the Lebanese judicial system.
Minister Qortbawi and Ambassador Eichhorst stressed the fact that any State concerned with having the rule of law as a guiding principle of its development should place the aspiration to establish an efficient and independent judicial system at the centre of its priorities. They stressed the need to update the skills of judicial actors continuously in order to modernise the judiciary and to ensure that it function according to the legislative standards in place.
The courses were jointly conducted by legal practitioners from EU Member States and Lebanon, which allowed participants to benefit from practical training. This programme has particularly benefited from the participation of judges from European countries that have legal systems similar to the Lebanese system, inspired by Roman law, notably France and Spain. (ENPI Info Centre)
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EU Delegation – Lebanon

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