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Training Curriculum on Fundamental Rights for Judgeship Trainees

In cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Justice, the Association of Austrian Judges (Expert Group “Fundamental Rights”) and two other Austrian human rights institutes (European Training Centre for Democracy and Human Rights/Graz and Austrian Human Rights Institute/Salzburg), the BIM developed a human rights curriculum for candidate judges.

The training of candidate judges is based on a comprehensive reader which gives an overview over human rights and contains case studies. Human rights experts from the three institutes involved deliver the trainings together with senior judges and prepare case studies on national law which are notably linked to diverse fundamental and human rights issues. The training as such has a strong focus on the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the “European Convention on Human Rights” and the “EU Charta of Fundamental Rights”, e.g. the right to liberty and security, the right to a fair trial, the right to respect for private and family life, freedom of expression and the prohibition of discrimination.

In 2008, a first round of  seminars in different areas of Austria was conducted. Since then, the seminars are constantly further developed and modified. Currently, each seminar lasts 3 days and forms integral part of the training of candidate judges.

In case of questions concerning the seminar and the reader please get in touch with Julia Planitzer (julia.planitzer@univie.ac.at).

 

Training Curriculum on Fundamental Rights for Judgeship Trainees

Since 2008, fundamental rights are part of the final examination of Austrian judgeship trainees and are thus included in their mandatory training curriculum. Questions of human rights protection in the daily business of prospective judges and public prosecutors are being addressed in the context of three-day seminars on a very practical level. The course has a strong focus on the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights and the Charta of Fundamental Rights of the EU, e.g.

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