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Chair of the CCJE from January 2006 to January 2008: Raffaele Sabato

Raffaele Sabato was elected Chairman of the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) on 25 November 2005 by a unanimous vote of the Council’s Plenary. He took up the CCJE’s Chair on 1 January 2006 until January 2008, succeeding the previous Chairmen, Lord Mance and Alain Lacabarats.

Mr Sabato is a Court of Appeal Judge, serving as a judge in the Tribunal of Naples, Italy, where he mostly deals with civil and commercial litigation.

Prior to his election, Mr Sabato – having a graduate and post-graduate educational background in law (Italy) and political sciences (Italy), as well as holding a Master’s degree in Comparative Jurisprudence (U.S.A.) – spent several years working in the fields of international and European law, internation judicial co-operation, organisation of judicial systems, alternative dispute resolution, and judicial ethics. Serving as a judge since 1991, he was a member the Scientific Committee at the Italian Higher Council for the Judiciary (1998-2001), responsible for judicial training at a national level; he was specifically in charge of training in international and European judicial co-operation in civil matters, and the setting up of judicial training programmes under the auspices of the European Union.

As an expert of the Council of Europe, Mr. Sabato has taken part in a number of missions and initiatives within programmes aimed at promoting reforms in the legal systems and human rights (Albania, Azerbaijan, Croatia, Russian Federation, etc.) as well as judicial and prosecutorial training (Lisbon Network).

Mr Sabato served as member of the CCJE and its Working Party since its very start in 2000, and was elected Vice Chair of the CCJE and Chair of its Working Party in November 2003.

A part-time professor in civil law and judicial systems in post-graduate programmes aimed at the preparation of judicial candidates in Italy, Mr Sabato published and lectured widely on various issues in civil, international and European law, procedural law, human rights, mediation and judicial ethics.

Since 2012, Mr Sabato is member of the Board of the Academy for the Judiciary (Italy).