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Publication of the book : “Expertise de justice : quel avenir en Europe ?”

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Aspiring to an area of freedom, safety, and justice, European citizens have empowered themselves with many joint tools in order to enjoy the same rights across their host countries.

And yet, the diversity of their justice systems is an obstacle to fair and efficient submission to a judge, namely in cross-border litigation. Sometimes this makes the reality of a common law as built by European authorities and jurisdictions an idle concept.

Noting the increasing importance of technical expertise in court decisions, the European Expertise and Experts Institute (EEEI), recently admitted as an Observer of the CEPEJ (European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice) has for several years been carrying out a reflexion on the ways to harmonise the rules of judicial expertise in order to obtain mutual recognition by the courts of the European States regardless of their internal law.

Within the framework of a project supported by the European Commission on the initiative of the EEEI, legal professionals, judges, prosecutors, lawyers, and academics from 18 European Union Member States met in March 2012 in Brussels for a symposium where they strongly expressed their involvement in favour of a harmonisation that would truly enable the passage of a legal Europe to a judicial Europe.

Levallois-Perret, 2014 June 6th.
Patricia Grandjean,
Présidente du Tribunal de Grande
Instance de Quimper.

General Assembly

May 23rd 2014 : General Assembly

Reception from 12.00pm
5 rue Carnot
Salle des Assises
78 000 Versailles

The program of the day was the following:

The morning : meeting of the Orientation Committee. This meeting was open to members of this Committee. During the General Assembly which was held in the afternoon, the President of the Committee presented the organization and the activities.

12.00 pm

Gathering of the participants in the General Assembly.
Place : at the Appeal Court of Versailles - France.
(see area map in appendix)

12.30 pm

Lunch on site for informal networking.

2.15 pm

Holding of the General Assembly, with the following agenda :

  • appointment of scrutineers and of the Bureau
  • President’s report
  • Financial report and presentation of the 2013 financial statements
  • 2014 budget
  • contribution for the year 2015
  • election of new members of the Executive committee
  • decision concerning the establishment of a directory and experts’ lists
  • presentation of the organization and the activities of the Orientation Committee
  • other questions

4 pm

Departure for a guided cultural tour of the "Jeu de Paume" which ended at 6.45 pm.

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EEEI appointed as observer of the CEPEJ

The interest of the works led by the institute and its commitment to promote the quality of the expertises within European Union have just been recognized by a decision of the CEPEJ admitting the EEEI as observer within the workgroup on the quality of the justice.européenne, in the same way as European Network of Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ), European Union of Rechtspfleger (EUR), International Union of Judicial Officers (UIHJ) and Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE).

Following States are observer of the CEPEJ : Holy See, Canada, Japan, Mexico, United States of America, Israel and Marocco.

Are also observers :

  • European Council,
  • European Commission,
  • World Bank,
  • The Hague Conference on private international law,
  • The Council of the Bars and Law Societies of the European Communities (CCBE)
  • The European Association of Judges
  • Magistrats européens pour la Démocratie et les Libertés (MEDEL)
  • European Judicial Training Network
  • Association of European administrative Judges
  • American Bar Association - Rule of Law Initiative (ABA - Rule of Law Initiative)

The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) was established on 18 September 2002 with Resolution Res(2002)12 of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

Its main tasks are :

  • to analyse the results of the judicial systems
  • to identify the difficulties they meet
  • to define concrete ways to improve, on the one hand, the evaluation of their results, and, on the other hand, the functioning of these systems
  • to provide assistance to member States, at their request
  • to propose to the competent instances of the Council of Europe the fields where it would be desirable to elaborate a new legal instrument.

2014 wishes

 Levallois, 10/01/2014.

 Dear members and friends of the EEEI.

 The Institute team joins me in offering you and your family our best wishes for happiness, health and prosperity.

 These wishes are an opportunity to do a short review of the year 2013 and to present the plans and prospects for 2014 and 2015.


  • Many institutional members officially joined the Institute during a beautiful ceremony at the Court of Appeal of Liège, on March 1. Some time later, the Faculty of Law of the University of Liège also joined the Institute.
  • Very symbolically, the General Assembly took place in Brussels, and It ratified a very important evolution of statutes to strengthen the European dimension of the association. Meanwhile, an important role has been assigned to the Steering Committee representing institutional members. The General Assembly elected Alain Nuée, First President of the Court of Appeal of Versailles as President of the Committee. We wish him complete success in these new functions and in our upcoming projects.
  • We have continued to expand the Institute with visits that included DEN BOSCH, MADRID, MILAN, VILNIUS and SOFIA. Please also note our participation in an exciting event organized by the Court of Appeal of BRESCIA.
  • The CEPEJ (Commission for the Efficiency of Justice in Europe), Committee of the Council of Europe, has requested the collaboration of the Institute to help it to inventory the practices of expertise in the 47 European countries.
  • Finally, on the initiative of Thomas Cassuto, National Expert with the European Commission (DG Justice), the project of publishing a book on expertise in Europe was initiated. Patricia Grandjean, President of the TGI of Quimper, has agreed to take over this project. We thank them both for their involvement, it is a guarantee of the success of our Institute’s new contribution to European expertise in the field of Justice.


  • DG Justice of the European Commission has agreed to fund the project proposed by the Institute and called EGLE - European Guide for Legal Expertise, that means the creation of a European Good Practice Guide about expertise in Civil Justice, based on a European-wide consultation and the organization of a consensus conference. Subject to agreement on the financing contract, the project will run from March 1st, 2014 to December 31, 2015. This is undeniable proof of the repeated recognition of the importance of EEEI in the European Justice system.
  • In 2013, DG Justice launched a comparative tool of the Justice systems in the states of the European Union, "Justice Scoreboard." The Institute is discussing with DG Justice to include a comparative tool of civil expertise in this project.
  • A meeting is scheduled in late January or early February 2014, with Mr. SANTACROCE, First President of the Italian Court of Cassation, to present the Institute’s projects. Indeed, Italy is going to take on the Presidency of the European Union on July 1st, 2014 and it seems essential that Mr. SANTACROCE be completely informed of our activities and projects. Previously, he was First President of the Court of Appeal of Rome and, as such, he signed the Act of membership of this Court to the Institute.
  • Finally, the 2014 General Assembly of the Institute will be held in Versailles, Friday, May 23, 2014. Save the Date.


Through this work, the future of expertise in the field of Justice in the European Union is taking shape.

Happy New Year.

Best regards

Jean-Raymond LEMAIRE


  • Ordinary General Assembly 23 May 2014 Minutes (pdf 457.4 kb) Download
  • Introductory presentation by Mr Alain NUEE (pdf 260 kb) Download
Institut Européen de l’expertise et de l’expert
Mailing address  : EEEI Jean-Raymond LEMAIRE, 38, rue de Villiers - 92532 Levallois-Perret cedex - France Tel : +33(0)1 41 49 07 60 - Fax : +33(0)1 41 49 02 89