The Project

C.L.A.S.S.4EU means 4 EU training sessions on family law regulations for Cross-border Lawyers And Social Services.

The Project’s final aim is to create a train-the-trainers tool on the implementation of Regulation No 2201/2003 (Brussels IIa) and its interplay with other EU instruments of private international law regarding family matters and international conventions, such as the 1996 Hague Child Protection and 1980 International Child Abduction Conventions, and the 2007 Hague Recovery Convention and Protocol.

The Project intends to pay due attention to the very sensitive aspects of the protection of children involved in cross-border family disputes. Therefore, the main target group consists of lawyers and legal practitioners in general, but also social services staff is involved, given that the protection of the rights of children in transnational legal and social disputes requires the support of a variety of experts from different disciplines.

The Project’s objectives are (a) identifying the difficulties met by targeted practitioners in applying the EU family Regulations; (b) improving the knowledge of such practitioners regarding EU Regulations and their interplay, thus facilitating dialogue between practitioners from different countries and different backgrounds; (c) developing a common expertise and promoting harmonization of principles, standards and methodology according to the specificity of cross-border relations; (d) fostering EU net-building processes among the practitioner of different Member States.

The main activities planned during the Project’s lifetime are: target groups’ training needs assessment (WS1); preparing and testing the training content during preliminary transnational training sessions on different topics all related with Brussels IIa Regulation (WS1-2); drafting a comparative glossary of legal terminology (WS1); improving the training content for the delivery of final transnational training sessions on a larger scale (WS2-3); evaluating the training contents and methodology (WS2-3); uploading the training materials on the project website as ready-to-use materials (WS4); podcasts of the training sessions; creating one train-the-trainers tool) (WS4); on-going dissemination (WS4).

The Project code is JUST-JTRA-EJTR-AG-2016-763874. This website and its contents are produced with the financial support of the Justice Programme of the European Union. The website and the said contents are the sole responsibility of the C.L.A.S.S.4EU team of the University of Verona and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission.