EURJTC: Judicial Training in European Enlargement Towards a Common Judicial Culture?

October, 2012 to September, 2014
Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship

This project aims at exploring the judicial training reforms adopted in South-East Europe (SEE) in the framework of the pre-accession conditionality and at shedding light on the relationship between judicial training and judicial culture. The purpose is to explore whether such reforms influence national judicial cultures in the sense of the ability of judges to participate in the European constitutional discourse. The analysis, which covers almost all candidate and potential candidate countries and adopts a socio-legal approach involving the use of theoretical and empirical instruments, is increasingly momentous given the strategic importance of SEE and the lack of adequate attention on this field of study. The research has theoretical importance, as it deals with the issue of the role of the “iurisdictio” in supranational political forms and enucleates the problems arising from the judicial homogenization in the framework of European integration, characterized by a melting pot of legal and constitutional traditions. It has also practical importance, as it explores judicial training reform paths and their consequences on judicial culture, as a mean to improve judicial cooperation policies.