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2008 THEMIS Competition

The National Institute of Magistracy of Romania (NIM), in cooperation with the Portuguese Judicial Studies Centre (CEJ) and with the support of the Lisbon Network and the European Judicial Training Network (EJTN), organised the third edition of THEMIS Competition, an international event especially addressed to trainees of all European magistracy training institutions and schools from 22 to 26 September in Bucharest (Romania). 17 teams from 15 European countries participated in the competition. The 2 winners of the prize were : the team of the Czech Republic on International Judicial Cooperation in Civil Matters  and the team of Romania on International Judicial Cooperation in Criminal Matters. The price jointly financed by the Council of Europe and the European Judicial Training Network (EJTN) will consist in traineeships at the European Court of Human Rights and at the European Court of Justice for the two winning teams.
Themis rules

 International Cooperation in Criminal Matters

- Request for an exam to determine the dna profile under a request for mutual legal assistance in criminal matters
- "The historical development of the judicial cooperation in criminal matters between the member states"
- Issues Concerning the Application of the Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters between the Member States of the European Union
- International Cooperation in Criminal Matters in the European Union

 International Judicial Cooperation in Civil Matters

- International child abduction: legal regulation and practice of Czech courts
- Vers une Europe sans exequatur (French only)
- Judicial cooperation in civil matters: state liability for judicial breaches of European community law
- Taking of Evidence in Civil and Commercial Matters
- National judges and communitisation of international private law: guidelines from judgments of the E.C.J.

 Interpretation and Application of the ECHR

- Interpretation and application of the European Convention of Human Rights and Freedoms
- The margin of appreciation
- The Challenges in front of the Bulgarian Magistrates concerning the practice and application of the European Convention on Human Rights upon taking decisions for lawful arrest of the citizens.
- The right to a fair trial: analysis of the condemnations of the Portuguese State due to the violation of article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights
- Hearing of children in criminal procedure according to article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights

 Magistrates’ Ethics and Deontology

- Judicial Ethics: Developments, Challenges and Solutions. Moldova’s Experience in Enforcing Ethics Standards for Judges
- Magistrates ethics and deontology
- La responsabilité des magistrats (French only)