judicial living lab

Judicial Living Lab – Fundamental rights in terror-related judicial processes

IPS will lead this online discussion and training event developed by the Consortium of projects FAIRNESS and PRE-RIGHTS.

“Judicial Living Lab/Training of Trainers” will be held on the 16th, 17th and 19th of November 2021 for a gathering of twenty Portuguese experts of distinct career backgrounds in the sector. It seeks to promote dialogue and knowledge acquirement, or consolidation on the pre-trial rights of persons involved in or accused of crimes linked to terrorism.

The first day of the joint event will begin with a background presentation of project FAIRNESS and its intellectual and research products. It will be followed by a brief explanation of legal and theoretic general notions about the radicalisation and terrorism phenomena, which will in turn pave the way for the presentation of the origin and fundamental principles of the Stockholm Roadmap.

On the 17th, the facilitators propose discussing a fictitious case-study case around Directive 2013/48 to the participants. The goal of the exercise is to specifically focus on the tension points of compatibility between the Directive principles and the Portuguese legal framework, while considering the case of an individual remanded in custody due to their alleged involvement in a terror-related offence.

During the last day of the event, on the 19th, Judicial Living Lab from PRE-RIGHTS project will be introduced, and three study cases will be the centre of a debate within the issue of “Prevention in Prisons: pre-trial and alternative measures framed with security”.

The registration is open until the 14th of November for Portuguese judges, attorneys, solicitors, ministerial staff, law enforcement agents and prison staff. Places are limited to 20 participants, to be filled in registration order by professional profiles matching the initiative’s target audience.

The FAIRNESS “Implementation of the Stockholm’s Roadmap in cases of terrorism and radicalisation” project, co-financed by the European Commission, promotes a balanced harmonisation between the European Member States’ legal practices concerning individuals suspected or accused of terrorism-related crimes or radicalisation. This project explores the coherence between the ‘spirit’ and provisions of the ‘Stockholm’s Roadmap’ contrasted with investigative and preventive practices involving suspects or accused persons of crimes related to terrorism in the pre-trial stage.

The PRE-RIGHTS “Assessing the impact and performance of preventive measures on EU Directives and Framework Decisions” project promotes a balanced approach to judicial and police cooperation, in line with the provisions of the EU’s Security Agenda on prevention, as well as a coherence between the new hybrid investigations in the “intelligence-led police approach”. The project involves addressing the problems and needs with a judicial perspective that is in line with the international standards concerning fundamental rights protection and considering the Brexit transition.

For more information on the projects, please visit FAIRNESS and PRE-RIGHTS’ websites.