BREULAW (the short name for “Development of a lawyer’s training curriculum in EU law and study visits to EU institutions in Brussels”) is a project co-funded by the European Union and run by a consortium composed of the European Lawyers Foundation (ELF) and the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE). The project started on 1 February 2023 for a period of 24 months.
The project is derived from the Study on the state of play of lawyers’ training in EU, whose Recommendation 1 dealt with the possibility of developing a curriculum for lawyers in EU law, and recommended that the CCBE “promote a dialogue amongst Bars, Law Societies and other competent authorities with a view to obtaining an agreement on the EU-related outcomes of the training process in EU law that all European Union lawyers should possess on their entry into the profession”. Likewise, Recommendation 8 of the Study urged the organisation of “study visits in cooperation with one or several bars from other Member States to familiarise their lawyers with the EU institutions and bodies”. Both the development of the curriculum and the study visits are considered of crucial importance in the training of lawyers in order to improve their skills in EU law and their understanding of EU institutions. The importance of these two activities has also been underlined in the past by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers – DG Justice.
BREULAW deals with two sets of training activities that are considered necessary for EU lawyers, and were identified in the Study on the state of play of lawyers’ training in EU, previously mentioned.
The project’s first activity deals with the development of a lawyer’s training curriculum in EU law. While substantial work in ensuring consistency between the various lawyers’ professions has been undertaken at EU level in different areas (for instance, in the recognition of training in other Member States through the EU co-funded REFOTRA project run together by ELF and CCBE), there are areas where work still has to be done. One of these areas is a model framework of competences for lawyers in EU law. A lawyer’s training curriculum will complement the CCBE Recommendation on Training Outcomes for European lawyers (adopted in 2017).
The second target of the project focuses on lawyers’ study visits to EU institutions. Whereas lawyers participate in visits to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in the framework of other EU-funded projects, there has never been an EU-wide programme to enable lawyers to participate in study visits to Brussels to learn first-hand about the work undertaken by the EU institutions. These visits will be very important for lawyers to understand better how EU law originates and how it is expected to be implemented.
Objectives & activities
To develop a European lawyers’ training curriculum following Recommendation n. 1 of the Study on the state of play of lawyers’ training in EU law, and also complementing the CCBE’s Recommendation on Training Outcomes for European Lawyers, which has been published as a non-binding model framework (non-binding because the competence for training lawyers belongs to the Member States).
To organise study visits to Brussels for 46 lawyers, targeting 26 Member States (all except Denmark, which is not part of the EU Justice Programme), so that lawyers can become more familiar with the main EU institutions and learn about their role and functioning. These visits will be complemented by visits to the CCBE and, possibly, to the representative offices of national Bars in Brussels.
The methodology of the project is based both on its nature (cross-border activities focusing on training lawyers in EU law) and on its expected outcome: undertaking policy work (development of a lawyers’ training curriculum in EU law) and training activities (study visits by lawyers to EU institutions). The methodology has been adapted to the various needs in terms of training lawyers in EU law as covered by the project.
Co-funded by the European Union