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 120 members, made up of lawyers, NGOs, and academics, 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 NGOs in tackling systemic fair trial abuses in their own countries. Significant achievements include:
LEAP is coordinated by Fair Trials Europe.
2014 – LEAP launched its latest major report in the European Parliament in Brussels. The report (Stockholm’s Sunset) highlights LEAP’s 4 priorities for criminal justice reform in the EU.
2013 – LEAP held a series of meetings across 9 countries (Belgium, France, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, the Netherlands, Spain, and the UK) to look at the state of defence rights, pre-trial detention, the barriers to justice and effective judicial cooperation.
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