Defending theHuman Rightto a Fair Trial
Who are LEAP?
“I very much appreciate your ongoing support … on procedural rights for suspects and accused persons and your ongoing input into identifying where improvements must be made in the EAW system.”
Commissioner Viviane Reding in a letter to the Legal Experts Advisory Panel
The Legal Experts Advisory Panel (or LEAP) is an EU-wide network of experts in criminal justice and human rights which works to promote fair and effective judicial cooperation within Europe. There are currently over 155 organisational members, with representatives from law firms, CSOs, and academic institutions, covering all 28 EU Member States.
Through Fair Trials’ coordination, LEAP is able to offer an expert view on a broad range of EU criminal justice topics, while also boosting cooperation between human rights defenders in cross-border work. LEAP’s importance has been acknowledged by the EU, which has recognised the network’s contribution to EU Justice.
LEAP works to inform the EU’s work on criminal justice and supports local CSOs in tackling systemic fair trial abuses in their own countries. Significant achievements include:
LEAP is coordinated by Fair Trials Europe with the financial support of the Justice Programme of the European Union.
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