Successful legal English training in the field of family law

The National Office for the Judiciary (NOJ) held the seminar between April 25th and April 28th 2017 at the Hungarian Judicial Academy as part of the interactive language training project, which is organized together with the Germany based Academy of European Law (ERA).
 
The event series consists altogether 8 seminars, held in different European cities. At the meetings professionals discuss different areas of civil law from a legal and terminological point of view. The training in Budapest – as the fourth event of the project – focused on family law, especially on the Brussels IIa Regulation. The discussion was attended by 21 judges and judicial secretaries – 8 from Hungary, and others coming from Croatia, Romania, Poland, France, Lithuania and Germany. 
 
There were presentations and interactive workshops with small groups concerning legal topics and legal English – the latter held simultaneously. The groups were constantly rotating so that every participant could take part in the different interactive workshops.
 
On the first day of the training a very friendly linguist expert from ERA, Eva Samaniego Fernández held an especially enjoyable introductory talk and an interactive language training. The light personality of the speaker greatly contributed to creating a positive atmosphere at the very beginning, which was constant during the seminar, and which helped a seamless communication between the participants. After this dr. Beáta Lukácsi, a judge from Budapest Environs Regional Court gave a lecture about the key aspects of the EU acquis in family matters.
 
The workshops started  on the second day. While one group was practicing legal English with the guidance of Eva Samaniego Fernández, the other group discussed international substantive and procedural law issues with dr. Beáta Lukácsi.
 
Following the workshops Kerstin Niethammer-Jürgens, a German attorney specialised in family law, gave a lecture about jurisdiction issues concerning parental responsibility in a cross-border context, recognition of judgements and interim measures.
 
To conclude the second day the participants formed four groups to solve a legal case together in an interactive workshop.
 
The third day of the event also started with small group workshops. In the language section the participants were practicing listening and pronunciation with Eva Samaniego Fernández. 
 
Simultaneously with this, at the workshop dealing with legal issues – guided by Kerstin Niethammer-Jürgens – the group compared the Brussels IIa Regulation with the Hague Convention concluded on 25th October 1980 on the civil aspects of cases when a child is taken abroad by one of the parents. The judges and judicial secretaries also became familiar with the substantial and procedural rules to be applied when a parent fails to give back the child and breaches the custody rights.
 
In the first part of the afternoon Enikő Szilágyi guided a workshop developing reading and writing skills, in parallel with a German judge’s, Martina Erb-Klünemann’s legal workshop about the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgements.
 
At the end of the day the two lecturers held a presentation together about the cross-border communicational means between the courts and the central authorities, and the participants also watched an instructional film about the European Judicial Network.
 
Workshops were held on the last day of the training too. The one guided by Martina Erb-Klünemann was about children taken cross-border by a parent braching custody rights, while Enikő Szilágyi held a language training about the hearing of children in court proceedings. The organizers said their thanks and goodbyes to the participants with a short joined session.
 
The program of the seminar can be found here