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The Euro-Arab Judicial Training Network (EAJTN) Advances the Role of Developing Judiciary Capacity as a Key Principal for the Sovereignty of Law

H.E Judge Dr. Nawal M. Kh. Al-Jawhari the Director of the Judicial Institute of Jordan and the Secretary General of The EAJTN, has more than 35 years of experience in the judicial field, and a member of the Jordanian The Judicial Council. She plays a key role in bringing together multilateral judicial organizations with focus on consolidating international judicial cooperation to implement training tools that facilitate dissemination of knowledge and exchange of expertise amongst all Euro-Arab Member States.

Judicial Cooperation in training matters between European and Arab countries has been always consolidated by international treaties and agreements, either bilateral of multilateral. Further support to our Euro-Arab judicial systems can be tackles more efficiently by linking national schools and institutes specialized in judicial training matters, working together in a decentralized and formal manner to facilitate the practical implementation of an international training framework for judicial cooperation and speed up the mechanism of training support to the judicial community. That’s why the EAJTN has been established to cooperate on a more regular basis through contact points; who are judges, prosecutors or other practitioners from national judicial authorities. As a result, EAJTN Contact points enjoy direct access to national judicial systems within the network on a global scale. Member States are working hard to improve their resources to cooperate and share their progress with other countries, to provide accessible, direct information on national training, while simplifying international judicial training cooperation procedures and establishing efficient training tools that foster exchange of international knowledge and expertise. Meanwhile, Contact Points in all Member States are presenting the most advanced training mechanisms, tools, and programs and adapting them to the reality of each judicial community in Member States within the Euro-Arab Judicial Training Network, to assess adapting the existing structures to include common training methodological and technological advances. Through various workshops and meetings held so far, the outcomes has been extremely positive, establishing a catalogue of recommendations, good practices and laying the foundation for the successful implementation of a practical international tool in judicial training matters, where national judicial training systems are suitable to house the application of EAJTN strategy and training plan. It has been a hard, ambitious task that is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to deploying collateral training measures, meetings and specialized assistance, which has been all facilitated by enabling the processing of many more acts of international judicial training cooperation, while determining the future needs for support from Contact Points and national official representatives.

 In this context, I’m pleased to extend my appreciation to Official Representatives and Contact Points and underline the openness and great work of institutions and authorities in our 13-countries Member States at EAJTN, who are firmly committed to qualifying existing national training systems, methods and tools of training through modern, advanced cooperation mechanism whose ultimate goal is to support international cooperation and provide fastest, most effective judicial knowledge.

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MECHANISM OF WORK

Administrative bodies of the Network

The Network comprises a General Assembly, a Board of Directors, and a Secretariat.

General Assembly

The General Assembly is composed of representatives from the judicial training institutions mentioned in Article 5 paragraph 1 above. It meets once per year, upon notice of meeting by the Chairman of the Board of Directors, in one of the countries of its members, the location alternating between the Arab League and the European Union. An extraordinary General Meeting can be held on request of two thirds of its members or of the Board of Directors. The methods for giving notice of meetings are determined in the by-laws.

The General Assembly is chaired by the Chairman of the Board of Directors.

The General Assembly is authorized to amend the articles of agreement. The General Assembly adopts the by-laws, the budget, the schedule of activities and the financial statements.

The General Assembly is authorized to determine the general policy of the Network. The General Assembly elects the members of the Board of Directors from among its members. The General Assembly decides unanimously whether the Network will join other judicial training networks.

The General Assembly may form commissions and task forces on specific topics related to the activities or to the organization of the Network and may appoint the members of these commissions and task forces.

Quorum and votes within the General Assembly

Members have one vote. In the event that several members belong to the same country, all of these members have one single vote.

The decisions of the General Assembly are made on the basis of a simple majority of votes cast by members who are up to date with their subscription fees and present or represented.

Amendments to the articles of agreement and the dissolution of the Network can only occur where approved by at least two thirds of the countries of the Network.

Voting by proxy is authorized under the conditions foreseen in the by-laws.

The minutes and decisions of the General Assembly shall be communicated to all members.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is made up of 10 (ten) members elected by the General Assembly: 5 (five) in the name of the States of the Arab League and 5 (five) in the name of the States of the European Union.

The Board of Directors shall serve a two-year term.

The Board of Directors elects, from among its members, a representative of each of the two groups of countries, these groups corresponding to the Countries of the Arab League and the Countries of the European Union, these representatives serving alternately as chairman and vice-chairman for a one-year term. In the event of a tied vote the chairman has the casting vote.

The Board of Directors is responsible for the general administration of the Network. Its chairman is authorized to sign documents and to represent the Network. In the event of an unexpected event preventing the chairman from carrying out his duties the vice-chairman shall take his place. The Board meets at least once per year, in the country of one of the Member States under the conditions determined in the by-laws.

Secretariat

The Secretariat, a position filled by the Judicial Institute of Jordan, implements, under the authority of the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Network, the activities undertaken by the Network. It is in charge of coordinating the activities of the Network, communicating information to the members, and providing practical support related to its activities.

Membership, accession and withdrawal

In consideration of the rules, legal traditions and culture as well as the internal structure of each State, public institutions (such as national schools or entities, central authorities) that are specifically responsible for training judges in the Member States of the European Union and the

Member States of the Arab League are eligible to become members of the Network Signatories to these articles of agreement who fulfil these conditions are fully-fledged members.

International organizations and other networks involved in judicial training may be invited to participate as observers.

In the event of a serious breach of its obligations or in the event that an institution no longer meets the membership criteria, a decision may be taken to terminate its membership.

In any case a member of the Network can withdraw under the condition to prior notify its decision to the Board.

Decisions on accession to the network as a member or an observer as well as decisions on expulsion are taken by the General Assembly on advice of the Board of Directors.

Funding and budget

The budget is presented by the Board of Directors to the General Assembly.

It includes:
In received funds:

  • Member contributions;

  • Grants of any type;

  • Donations and legacies;

  • All other funds authorized by the General Assembly.

In expenses:

  • Equipment and operational costs of the Network.

The budget of the Network is managed in accordance with the conditions set forth in the by-laws.

Last Updated February 28, 2021
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