Access to Justice

The Access to Justice training programme aims to provide participants with insights into various aspects that compound and strengthen access to justice. Thus, it will first discuss general aspects of The Rule of Law such as the organisation and independence of the judiciary in the Netherlands, as well as fundamental rights according to the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (including the right to effective legal remedies, the right to a fair trial and due process, the right to private and family life, freedom of religious expression, protection of personal data). Thereafter, the Programme will focus on strengthening the efficiency in administration of justice in criminal and administrative matters, as well as the efficiency of dispute resolution in the area of civil and commercial law. Thereby, the disputes with an international element will be discussed in a greater detail.

The training programme will have a practical and interactive character. This is in line with the objective to share knowledge and strengthen the co-operation between the civil servants and magistrates of the participating countries.

Training programme structure:

The programme will stimulate much participant interaction and is built around three balanced, mutually supportive and integrated components, namely:

  • Theory
  • Practical Skills
  • Study visits/Social programme

This training is intended for:
Senior civil servants, Judges, Public Prosecutors and Officers employed by the national Ministries of Justice/(semi) governmental organisations dealing with the organisation of judiciary and permanent education of judges in their respective countries are invited to apply. They are key figures capable of delivering a valuable contribution to the process of reforms and are in a position to make sustainable the newly gained knowledge and insights in their respective organisations.

The maximum number of participants is 25. The total will represent a balance in the number of participants from the individual countries.

On completion of the training, participants will:

  • Have insight in actual developments that influence the field of justice-administration;
  • Know how the Dutch administration of justice and judicial procedures are organised;
  • Be able to use the acquired knowledge and best practices as a source of inspiration for dealing with challenges related to improving the access to justice in their own countries;
  • Be trained in the practical application of specific subjects and in a number of needed practical skills;
  • Have had the opportunity to share knowledge and experiences;
  • Have had the opportunity to create new professional cross-border networking relations.

Eligible countries:
Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey.

Training period:
15 – 25 March 2015

Application deadline:
18 January 2015

Registration for this training programme is closed.


Programme Costs:
The Netherlands Government will provide full fellowships to selected participants. Each fellowship will cover the cost of international travel (economy), board and lodging, visa and insurance, tuition fees, lecture materials and excursions.

The Hague, the Netherlands

Training venue:
T.M.C. Asser Instituut
R.J. Schimmelpennincklaan 20-22, 2517 JN The Hague

Hotel accommodation:
Hotel Court Garden, The Hague





Download more information

2015 Brochure Access to Justice.pdf