CEELI is proud to announce the publication and release, in partnership with the Association of Croatian Judges, a new monograph on Application of EU Instruments in Criminal Justice.” The publication represents the culmination of a new project this year, funded by the European Commission, to provide much needed training for judges from the eastern countries of the EU on relevant EU law, instruments and directives governing the application of criminal law. Program sessions brought together 83 judges from Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia, and focused on the role of judges in insuring that defendants in criminal cases have full access to their rights guaranteed by EU law.  The course specifically focused on application of EU Directives on the right to information in criminal proceedings and on the right of access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings. The report is co-authored by Judge Marin Mrcela, a Justice of the Supreme Court of Croatia and Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law Osijek, Croatia, and Zuzana Vikarská, MJur, MPhil, Ph.D., who is a lecturer in constitutional law and human rights at the Law Faculty of Masaryk University in Brno, and a law clerk at the Czech Constitutional Court.  Justice Mrčela also serves as President of the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO). This project was funded by the European Union’s Justice Programme (2014-2020). A copy of the Report can be found on the CEELI Institute Website: http://hrd.ceeliinstitute.org/judicial-materials/application-of-eu-instruments-in-criminal-justice/