About the Lisbon Network...

 Its background

The multilateral meeting on: "The training of judges and public prosecutors in Europe" (Lisbon, 27-28 April 1995), was aimed at promoting European co-operation in the field of training for judges and prosecutors. The participants supported the implementation of a European information exchange network between persons and bodies in charge of the training of judges and public prosecutors. The Lisbon Network thus created meets once a year to discuss topics of common interest.

 Its composition

All the member States may be represented in the Network. The members of the Network are national judicial training institutions. In 2004, the Lisbon Network established a Bureau, responsible for defining the Network’s strategy and to help ensure continuity.


The members of the Bureau are:
Croatia: Judicial Academy of the Ministry of Justice
Georgia: High School of Justice
Romania: Institut National de la Magistrature
Spain: Judicial School of the General Council of the Judiciary
"the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia": Academy for Training of Judges and Public Prosecutors

 Its missions

The mission of the Lisbon Network lies within the fulfilment of the goals of the Council of Europe, i.e. in particular the independence and efficiency of justice, which are a key factor in a State that guarantees Human Rights and founds its institutions on the Rule of Law.

The Council of Europe attaches special importance to the legal professions’ role - and in particular magistrates – taking into account the fact that unless the right training is provided for legal professions, judicial systems cannot function effectively and will forfeit public trust. The appropriate training of the judge partakes of its independence and its efficiency. This is why the Lisbon Network, whose main goal is to help the development of the training of magistrates, in particular through the strengthening of exchanges of experience between the judicial training institutions and the common examination of shared problematics, contributes to the fulfilment of these essential goals, namely judicial independence and efficiency.
Network's strategy