Posted on Friday 1st August 2014
The Handbook has been elaborated in the course of the Project JUST/2012/FRAC/AG/2755 - "European Judicial Cooperation in the fundamental rights practice of national courts – the unexplored potential of judicial dialogue methodology", which was co-financed by the European Commission within the framework of its policy of promoting judicial cooperation in the field of fundamental rights. The Project was coordinated by the Centre for Judicial Cooperation at the European University Institute in Florence (EUI) between January 2013 and June 2014. It is the result of a collaborative process involving a group of academics and judges primarily coming from the following project partner institutions: Croatian Judicial Academy, Italian Consiglio Superiore della Magistratura, Polish Supreme Administrative Court, Romanian Superior Council of Magistracy, Romanian National Institute for Magistracy, Spanish Escuela Judicial del Consejo General and the Association of European Administrative Judges. The activities organised within the Project aimed at contributing to the creation of a community of European judges favoring mutual learning and, when appropriate, joint problem solving.
The Final Handbook of the Project includes detailed Guidelines on the use of the judicial interaction techniques available within the European legal system as tools intended to assist judges and practitioners to strengthen their legal reasoning when faced with problems on the interpretation and application of EU fundamental rights. The Handbook offers easy to read Guidelines to the national judges and practitioners on how to solve possible disputes that may arise in the field of fundamental rights, especially in the three fundamental rights that were the main subject of the project: the principle of non-discrimination, the right to a fair and freedom of expression. It is associated to a database including all the cases referred to in the handbook and future judgments that refer to the same issues. The Project database can be found here, where you will also find the Guidelines on the use of the Project Database in English.