A longstanding commitment

After it was created in 1958, the school's international vocation imposed itself very early on, with a view to building, improving or modernising judges and prosecutors' training all over the world. The first exchanges appeared in the 1960s, when foreign judicial trainees started to train with the French trainee judges and prosecutors. Thus, the ENM was designed to be an institution that is open to the wider world, promoting exchanges with foreign countries and helping to disseminate the French model beyond our borders. Since then it has contributed to the institutional development of partner countries and the strengthening of the rule of law around the world.

A central player in European integration in the training field, the School has gradually engaged with different parts of the world, with the aim of sharing its experience gained over 60 years.  It has contributed to the creation or modernisation of numerous training institutes in Eastern Europe, the Near East, Africa, Asia and even South America. In a constantly changing context, it is reinforcing its training offer and working with the best professionals to meet the constantly growing demand from foreign justice ministries and training institutes.

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The ENM's international cooperation activities

The School's international cooperation activities cover two main areas:


Training of judges and prosecutors, which can take place in France or in their country of origin. It can also take the form of European and international seminars

Training for French judges and prosecutors wishing to acquire some international experience through European exchange programmes or internships abroad. 

Support and technical assistance for foreign judicial training institutes

Educational and administrative expert missions can be organised to assist institutes that are being established or wish to become more professional.

These actions are organised as part of bilateral projects, twinning schemes or in response to calls for projects, with multilateral European Union funding, the backing of large international funding bodies or direct funding.They are coordinated with the action of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs or the Delegation for European and International Affairs at the Ministry for Justice.

A dedicated team

In its international department, the ENM has a team of experts able to conduct judicial training projects. They are judges, prosecutors and project leaders whose complementary skills ensure the efficient implementation of cooperation projects.

In order to guarantee the efficient management of its activities, the activities section of the ENM's International Department has hired project leaders with experience in managing technical assistance projects backed by European funds. These project leaders work in pairs with the 4 judges and prosecutors seconded to the International Department. Each project therefore benefits from the judicial competency of the judges/prosecutors and the project management skills of the project leaders.

This small dedicated team can draw on a pool of about sixty experts made up of judges, prosecutors and other specialists. The experts have one of two profiles: there are "School experts" or "thematic experts". The role of the former is to help put together and reinforce the teaching programmes or administrative organisation of an institute. The thematic experts contribute in their specialist areas of civil or criminal law, such as the international dimension of family disputes or the fight against organised crime.

To become an expert,
contact the International Department