The CEELI Institute is delighted to announce its new joint partnership with the Association of Croatian Judges in delivering continuing legal education programs for judges from the Czech Republic, Croatia and other EU member states.  The project, funded by the European Commission’s Justice Directorate, is designed to strengthen judicial respect and protections for the legal rights of defendants in criminal proceedings. The project will promote greater understanding among EU judges charged with applying the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights in the field of criminal justice, and will specifically address the right to information in criminal proceedings (Directive 2012/13/EU), and the right of access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings (Directive 2013/48/EU).   

This effort is particularly significant because it is designed to make language accommodations for non-English speaking judges from both Croatia and the Czech Republic, and thereby directly address issues of under application of EU criminal justice standards and guarantees in some national courts.  The partnership on this project with the Association of Croatian Judges is a natural extension of their long cooperative relationship with the CEELI Institute that has included participation of Croatian judges, both as participants and as faculty, at numerous Institute programs, as well as collaboration by the Institute and the Association to conduct an ongoing series of international judicial conferences in Croatia.