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The judiciary is a sacred profession and a sublime mission, and the work of judges emanates from the work of the apostles.

General Director’s word
Judge Dr. Jamal Haroun

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The judiciary is a sacred profession and a sublime mission, and the work of judges emanates from the work of the apostles. Everyone knows the importance of the judiciary and its position in society. Through it, blood is preserved, honors are preserved, money is preserved, and rights are delivered to their owners, injustice and the oppressor are suppressed, the oppressed are helped, and security and safety are made to prevail in society.

Accordingly, the judge must be qualified, specialized, well-informed and familiar with the principles of the law by which he judges, given that justice is the ultimate goal, and this requires judges to have the highest professional standards and to constantly strive to achieve the right balance between competing interests. Moreover, judges must constantly keep abreast of scientific and social developments. However, judges cannot do all of this with a personal and individual effort by each of them, which requires each specific country and the countries of the world collectively to carry out their duty towards judicial training, and to assist the judiciary and administrative auxiliary agencies and strengthen the role of Judicial training institutions to carry out their duties in strengthening the rule of law, and enhancing joint cooperation, to rehabilitate and activate training institutions for judges, prosecutors and members of the judiciary, which will bring common benefit to all humanity. For example, but not limited to, transnational organized crime has become a serious challenge to state agencies in many countries of the world and constitutes a challenge to the whole world, which requires international cooperation to confront transnational international crime.

In this regard, the United Nations Convention against Organized Crime, which was adopted by United Nations General Assembly Resolution No. 25/55 of November 15, 2000, is the main international instrument for combating organized crime. Transnational organized crime is considered one of the biggest challenges facing the world, which forces the world to endeavor to combat it.

The process of judicial training and joint judicial cooperation is not limited to penal issues and organized crime, but extends to all branches of law, including human rights, executive and organizational matters and the effective enforcement of the provisions of the law.

The biggest challenge in the process of qualifying and training judges at the international level lies in the process of coordinating cooperation between countries, and coordinating work between judicial training institutions of each country with the rest of judicial training institutions of other countries, so that these institutions work as a single training institution.

It is hoped that the Euro-Arab Judicial Training Network, as a judicial training network consisting of a number of public institutions for judicial training in the member states of the European Union and the member states of the League of Arab States, will work diligently and effectively to achieve the tasks mentioned in Article 3 of its statute, as well as work on achieving the activities of the network stipulated in Article 4 of that regulation, and I am confident and certain that the network is a valuable tool and a platform for judges of the member states of the network and for fellow judges all over the world and that it is able to continue to work and move forward in the exchange of information and judicial developments with the members of the network and fellow judges around the world.

I wish the network and its member states and all judicial training institutions in the world further progress and prosperity.

Judge Dr. Jamal Haroun    

Secretary General of the Permanent Secretariat

The Euro-Arab Network for Judicial Training

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Administrative bodies of the Network

The Network comprises a General Assembly, a Board of Directors, and a Secretariat.

General Assembly

The General Assembly is composed of representatives from the judicial training institutions mentioned in Article 5 paragraph 1 above. It meets once per year, upon notice of meeting by the Chairman of the Board of Directors, in one of the countries of its members, the location alternating between the Arab League and the European Union. An extraordinary General Meeting can be held on request of two thirds of its members or of the Board of Directors. The methods for giving notice of meetings are determined in the by-laws.

The General Assembly is chaired by the Chairman of the Board of Directors.

The General Assembly is authorized to amend the articles of agreement. The General Assembly adopts the by-laws, the budget, the schedule of activities and the financial statements.

The General Assembly is authorized to determine the general policy of the Network. The General Assembly elects the members of the Board of Directors from among its members. The General Assembly decides unanimously whether the Network will join other judicial training networks.

The General Assembly may form commissions and task forces on specific topics related to the activities or to the organization of the Network and may appoint the members of these commissions and task forces.

Quorum and votes within the General Assembly

Members have one vote. In the event that several members belong to the same country, all of these members have one single vote.

The decisions of the General Assembly are made on the basis of a simple majority of votes cast by members who are up to date with their subscription fees and present or represented.

Amendments to the articles of agreement and the dissolution of the Network can only occur where approved by at least two thirds of the countries of the Network.

Voting by proxy is authorized under the conditions foreseen in the by-laws.

The minutes and decisions of the General Assembly shall be communicated to all members.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is made up of 10 (ten) members elected by the General Assembly: 5 (five) in the name of the States of the Arab League and 5 (five) in the name of the States of the European Union.

The Board of Directors shall serve a two-year term.

The Board of Directors elects, from among its members, a representative of each of the two groups of countries, these groups corresponding to the Countries of the Arab League and the Countries of the European Union, these representatives serving alternately as chairman and vice-chairman for a one-year term. In the event of a tied vote the chairman has the casting vote.

The Board of Directors is responsible for the general administration of the Network. Its chairman is authorized to sign documents and to represent the Network. In the event of an unexpected event preventing the chairman from carrying out his duties the vice-chairman shall take his place. The Board meets at least once per year, in the country of one of the Member States under the conditions determined in the by-laws.


The Secretariat, a position filled by the Judicial Institute of Jordan, implements, under the authority of the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Network, the activities undertaken by the Network. It is in charge of coordinating the activities of the Network, communicating information to the members, and providing practical support related to its activities.

Membership, accession and withdrawal

In consideration of the rules, legal traditions and culture as well as the internal structure of each State, public institutions (such as national schools or entities, central authorities) that are specifically responsible for training judges in the Member States of the European Union and the

Member States of the Arab League are eligible to become members of the Network Signatories to these articles of agreement who fulfil these conditions are fully-fledged members.

International organizations and other networks involved in judicial training may be invited to participate as observers.

In the event of a serious breach of its obligations or in the event that an institution no longer meets the membership criteria, a decision may be taken to terminate its membership.

In any case a member of the Network can withdraw under the condition to prior notify its decision to the Board.

Decisions on accession to the network as a member or an observer as well as decisions on expulsion are taken by the General Assembly on advice of the Board of Directors.

Funding and budget

The budget is presented by the Board of Directors to the General Assembly.

It includes:
In received funds:

  • Member contributions;

  • Grants of any type;

  • Donations and legacies;

  • All other funds authorized by the General Assembly.

In expenses:

  • Equipment and operational costs of the Network.

The budget of the Network is managed in accordance with the conditions set forth in the by-laws.

Last Updated October 23, 2022
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