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CCBE info #71: Latest update on the European legal profession

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Take a look a t the lastest CCBE Info newsletter here . Below you will find a short summary:

A European Convention on the profession of Lawyer by 2020

Our specific status as lawyers, acting as intermediaries between citizens and the courts, places lawyers in a central position in the administration of justice. Lawyers therefore play a major role to ensure public confidence in the action of the Courts, whose mission is fundamental in a democratic state based on the rule of law. Nonetheless, individuals must also have trust in the capacity of lawyers to represent their clients effectively in order to believe in the administration of justice. The European Court of Human Rights recalled these principles in a number of decisions, including the case of Morice v. France (no. 29369/10, ECHR 2015)

Anti-Money Laundering

  • Revision of the 4th Anti-money laundering Directive

On 19 April, the European Parliament plenary session formally approved the revised 4th Anti-money laundering Directive following an agreement on its revision by the Parliament, Commission and the Council in December 2017. The agreement marks the fifth and latest update to the EU’s Anti-money laundering Directive.

  • FATF revision of risk-based approach guidance for professions

The CCBE is participating in the FATF project to revise the risk-based approach (RBA) guidance for professional intermediaries (lawyers, accountants and trusts and company service providers)

Criminal Law

  • Commission proposal on countering money laundering by criminal law

The CCBE’s AML and Criminal Law Committees have been attentively following the Commission proposal on “Countering money laundering by criminal law”. The CCBE has already submitted a position paper in this regard and participated in a number of meetings with various representatives.

  • Commission proposal concerning the mutual recognition of confiscation and freezing orders

The CCBE’s Criminal Law Committee is following developments regarding the Commission proposal concerning the mutual recognition of confiscation and freezing orders. The CCBE is pleased to report that the Parliament Committee Report reflects many of the organisation’s concerns regarding procedural safeguards.

  • European Public Prosecutor

On 12 October, the regulation establishing the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) was adopted by 20 Member States which are part of the EPPO enhanced cooperation. Following the adoption of the Regulation, significant measures for the practical set-up of the EPPO will take place during the current Bulgarian Presidency. The Commission, which is entrusted with the establishment and initial administrative operation of the EPPO, has already undertaken a number of steps towards setting up the EPPO.

 Permanent Delegation to Luxembourg

  • Draft amendments to the Rules of Procedure of the General Court

The CCBE is examining two draft amendments to the Rules of Procedure of the General Court which have been sent to Member States.

  • Amendments to Protocol No 3 on the Statute of the Court of Justice of the European UnionThe CCBE is examining a paper from the Court of Justice of the European Union which has been sent to EU Members States

The CCBE is examining a paper from the Court of Justice of the European Union which has been sent to EU Members States.

Digital Day 2018

On 10 April, the CCBE participated to Digital Day 2018, an event organised by the European Commission (DG connect), which gathered representatives of EU countries, private industries, academia and civil society.

Launch of the European TRADATA project

On 4 April, the Paris Bar organised the first training seminar for lawyers as part of the European project TRADATA, whose aim is to train at least 630 lawyers in the European Union, over two years, and to raise awareness to the fundamental issues of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This project is led by the European Lawyers Foundation (ELF), in partnership with the Paris Bar and 8 other Bars and Law Societies.

Artificial Intelligence, Humane Justice

The CCBE is currently collaborating with the Lille Bar, Lille Catholic University, la Délégation des Barreaux de France et la Conférence des Bâtonniers de France et d’Outre-Mer on the organisation of an international conference. The theme of the conference will be “Artificial Intelligence, Humane Justice” and it will take place on 30 November 2018 in Lille, France.

ECBA Spring Conference

On 20-21 April, the CCBE’s President, Antonín Mokrý, attended the European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA) Spring Conference in Oslo and delivered the day’s opening remarks. The Conference dealt with “Pre-Trial Detention and Compensation: Current Issues and Minimum Standards.”

ENCJ workshop on Independence and Accountability

On 14 March, the CCBE Secretary General, Philip Buisseret, participated in a workshop organised by the European Network of Councils of the Judiciary on the “Independence and Accountability” of judges.

European Lawyers Foundation

On 3 and 4 April 2018, the European Lawyers Foundation (ELF) helped the International Bar Association to organise a conference in Livingstone, Zambia on “Globalising your practice – opportunities and challenges”

News in short

  • The CCBE was delighted to discover that France ratified the Protocol No. 16 to the Convention on the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. 
  • The CCBE always encourages participation in contests and awards such as the ELI Young Lawyers Award and the CEPANI Award which will both take place in 2018. The goal of the ELI Young Lawyers award is to provide the young European legal community with a mechanism to propose practical suggestions for the improvement of European law. More information on the contest is available here. The goal of the CEPANI Award is to offer young professionals with an interest in the field of national and international arbitration the chance to gain recognition among their peers. 
  • Did you know that on February 1, 2018 hundreds of advocates demonstrated in front of the Dutch parliament to prevent the demolition of legal aid?

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