Defending the
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Online Training

We have launched three new modules, as part of our series of innovative e-training courses for lawyers. Our training aims to improve the capacity of legal practitioners to defend their clients, and help them to enforce minimum standards for fundamental human rights.


The modules focus on the European Arrest Warrant, pre-trial detention, and the EU’s Access to a Lawyer Directive.

Each course introduces participants to guiding principles, case law, and issues surrounding the respective legislation. Developed by our legal and policy team, they feature contributions from leading experts, and incorporate a range of written and visual materials. The training has been made possible by generous funding from The Legal Education Foundation.

The courses are free to access, and can be found at the following links:

Cross-border Cases and Human Rights

Pre-trial Detention

Access to a Lawyer

The first three modules in our series of online courses focus on the enforcement of EU criminal law in domestic criminal proceedings, and provide a practical guide to two new EU Directives, on the right to translation and interpretation, and the right to information in criminal proceedings.

The three courses are introduced by Fair Trials’ Chief Executive, Jago Russell, and are delivered by the Fair Trials’ Law Reform team in an engaging tutorial format, complete with sections to allow participants to test their knowledge. The training is available electronically via the Fair Trials website, and allows users to navigate directly to topics that are of most relevance to them.

The training, which is available for free, is accessible from the links below.

You can also access our practitioner Toolkit for Using EU Law in Criminal Practice here.

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A Guide to the EU Directive on the Right to Interpretation and Translation

This module, which is delivered by our Head of Law Reform, Libby McVeigh, will explain firstly why the Right to Interpretation and Translation Directive was necessary, before providing an overview of the Interpretation and Translation Directive, identifying examples of how the Interpretation and Translation Directive has been transposed into domestic legislation and providing guidance on how lawyers can aid effective implementation of the Directive in their everyday practice.

You can access our practitioner Toolkit for the Right to Interpretation and Translation EU Directive here.

A Guide to the EU Directive on the Right to Information in Criminal Proceedings

This module, which is delivered by Rebecca Shaeffer, a Fair Trials Law Reform Officer, aims to provide an overview of the goals of the Right to Information in Criminal Proceedings Directive, examine the Directive’s transposition into national law in several jurisdictions, as well as provide skills to enable use of the Directive in everyday criminal practice.

You can access ourpractitioner Toolkit for the Right to Information in Criminal Proceedings EU Directive here.

A Guide to the Court of Justice of the European Union

This module, which is delivered by Alex Tinsley, a Fair Trials Law Reform Officer based in our Brussels office, looks at the role of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in criminal practice, before explaining the preliminary ruling procedure and providing specific examples to demonstrate the differences between the CJEU and the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

European-commission-300x200All of this training is provided free of charge and is made possible through generous support from the European Commission.