The workshop’s purpose is to help trainers to focus on the powers and duties of national courts in cases concerning fundamental rights. Emphasis is placed on three topics: 1) the impact of the duty of sincere cooperation on national case law; 2) ex officio powers and the ascertainment of a violation of EU law; and 3) the obligations of national courts in the context of effective judicial protection and fundamental rights, with a focus on the environment. Each topic is addressed from a cross-sectoral perspective across the areas of consumer protection, data protection, non-discrimination, health, and asylum and migration.

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This workshop is funded by the European Union's Justice Programme (2014-2020).



Thursday, 7 April 2022 Day 1

9:15 – 9:30

Registration and access to the online platform

9:30 – 9:50

Welcome address 
Introduction to the Workshop 

Paola Iamiceli, Scientific Coordinator FRICoRe, University of Trento
Mateusz Grochowski, Coordinator of the Polish FRICoRe Team
Aurelia Colombi Ciacchi, Coordinator of the Groningen FRICoRe Team

09:50 – 11:00

The duty of sincere cooperation of national courts and its impact on national case law in the field of fundamental rights 

Chair: Tobias Nowak, University of Groningen 

Aleksandra Rutkowska | Warsaw Regional Court – Poland
Herman van Harten | The Hague Court of Appeal – The Netherlands
Diana Ungureanu | High Court of Cassation and Justice – Romania
Beatrice Magarò | Court of Appeal of Catanzaro – Italy

11:00 – 11:15

Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:30

Designing hypothetical “case-based Q&A” sessions

Group 1
Group 2
Group 3

12:30 – 12:45 

Discussion in the plenary room

12:45 – 14:00Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:00

Keynote Speech

Sacha Prechal 
Judge at the Court of Justice of the European Union (President of Second Chamber)

Sincere cooperation, effective judicial protection and independence of the judiciary 

Introduced by Charlotte Pavillon, University of Groningen

15:00 – 15:15Coffee Break
15:15 – 16:45

Ex officio powers and the ascertainment of a violation of EU law

Chair: Lottie Lane, University of Groningen 

Anne Witters | Market Court, Brussels – Belgium
Jakub Petkiewicz | District Court in Opole Lubelskie – Poland
Giuseppe Fiengo | Tribunal of Naples – Italy
Jesús Ángel Suárez Ramos | Senior Judge at Las Palmas – Spain

Friday, 8 april 2022 Day 2

09:00 – 10:00

Keynote Speech

Raffaele Sabato 
Judge at the European Court of Human Rights

Matters raised by a court of its own motion in the context of the right to adversarial proceedings: considerations in the experience of ECHR 

Introduced by Aurelia Colombi Ciacchi, University of Groningen

10:00 – 11:00

Keynote Speech

Krystyna Kowalik-Bańczyk 
Judge at the General Court of the Court of Justice of the European Union

Effective judicial protection before the EU General Court

Introduced by Mateusz Grochowski, Polish Academy of Sciences

11:00 – 11:15

Coffee break

11:15 – 12:15

Designing hypothetical “case-based Q&A” sessions

Group 1
Group 2
Group 3

12:15 – 12:30

Discussion in the plenary room

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch Break

13:30 – 14:30

Training judges and lawyers on powers of the courts and duties of cooperation:
How to design, from face-to-face to e-learning

Chair: Paola Iamiceli, University of Trento

Denisa Petriláková | Linguist and methodologist at EJTN
Chiara Salamone | Tribunal of Catania, European Gaius district trainer
Federica Casarosa | Euopean University Institute