Supporting foreign judicial training institutes

ALTHOUGH THE ENM HAS EXISTED SINCE 1958, JUDICIAL TRAINING HAS DEVELOPED CONSIDERABLY OVER THE PAST 15 YEARS WITH THE CREATION OF SCHOOLS IN MANY COUNTRIES. THE INTERNATIONAL DEPARTMENT OF THE ENM IS SUPPORTING THE GROWTH OF JUDICIAL TRAINING ABROAD, IN PARTICULAR THROUGH INSTITUTIONAL REINFORCEMENT PROJECTS, WHICH ARE A CENTRAL PILLAR OF ITS DEVELOPMENT: 10 COUNTRIES BENEFITED FROM SUCH SUPPORT BETWEEN 2017 AND 2019, including ABU DHABI, ALGERIA, MADAGASCAR, MALI, and the DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. THE PURPOSE OF THIS FEATURE IS TO PROVIDE An overview OF THE DIFFERENT SUPPORT PROJECTS THAT ARE SCHEDULED IN THE COMING MONTHS IN SPITE OF THE ONGOING HEALTH CRISIS.

International judicial training : role of the ENM

The ENM is committed to sharing the French model of qualification and training and is a major player in the professionalisation of judicial training in many countries, in particular by means of support projects for foreign training institutes. The work done by the International Department is therefore helping to strengthen the rule of law by training effective, independent judges and prosecutors, in line with the declaration setting out the global principles of judicial training adopted at the end of 2017 thanks to a working group initiated by the ENM. In the context of the current health crisis, the School is continuing its exchanges remotely with its foreign partners and the organisation of missions for the ongoing projects, of which this feature provides an overview.

The ENM engaged in a project with the school in Madagascar

The new support project for the National School for the Judiciary and Court Officers of Madagascar (ENMG), signed in September 2019, marks a strengthening of the cooperation between the Malagasy institution and the ENM. In this project, the consultants from the ENM are sharing their expertise in judicial training and governance with their counterparts in order to enable them to optimise their local training, both initial and in-service, for judges and prosecutors. The support project includes 40 missions scheduled over a period of 36 months.

The ENM supporting the creation of the training institute in the DRC

As part of a project supporting the creation of the National Judicial Training Institute (INAFORJ) of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the National School for the Judiciary has conducted two missions since 2019, one on the Institute's draft budget, the other on a reform of the competitive entrance examination for judges and prosecutors and the related examining board. Two more in-service training missions on specific themes will soon be taking place remotely. The project is sponsored by Justice Coopération Internationale (JCI), to which the ENM has been contributing since 2018, and is expected to be completed in the second half of 2020.

Modernising the justice system with the higher school for the judiciary of Algeria

Since 2016, the ENM has been sharing its expertise in judicial training with the Higher School for the Judiciary (ESM) of Algeria, as part of the Programme of Support for the Justice Sector in Algeria (PASJA) led by operator Justice coopération internationale (JCI). The ENM is supporting its Algerian counterpart in its ambitions to professionalise the actors in its justice system, with a project encompassing initial and in-service training, internship methodology and internal governance. A partnership that follows on from many years of solid cooperation.