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Project website: http://sites.les.univr.it/class4eu/

As from January 2018, the Law Institute of Lithuania together with three other foreign partners from Italy, Hungary and Portugal will start implementing an EU-funded project “4 EU Training Sessions on Family Law Regulations for Cross-border Lawyers and Social Services” (C.L.A.S.S.4EU). The project will develop and provide practice-oriented trainings for lawyers and social service staff from four participating countries and is meant to increase their knowledge in the area of international family law.

Taking into account that the migration in the EU is rapidly growing and the number of families with international element increases, the project aims to advance the knowledge of lawyers and social service staff about the Regulation Brussels IIa (Regulation 2201/2003) as well as other EU regulations and international conventions on family law. Such knowledge is expected to lead to joint lawyers’ and social service staff competence and better protection of children and other vulnerable persons.

The training course for lawyers and social service workers developed within the context of the project “C.L.A.S.S.4EU” will explain how the Regulation Brussels IIa should be interpreted and applied in complex family law cases. The materials that will be developed will contain audio, video and textual material, moreover a comparative law terminology vocabulary will be drafted. Training courses will be arranged in the following countries: Portugal (Braga), Hungary (Budapest), Italy (Verona) and Lithuania (Vilnius). Overall the training will be introduced to 280 lawyers and social service workers.

This project continues the earlier work of the Law Institute of Lithuania in the area of international family law. In the past two years Law Institute of Lithuania took part in another EU-funded project and organised judiciary trainings on proper application of the Regulation Brussels IIa.

Is should be reminded that the Regulation Brussels IIa is now the main instrument for families involved in cross-border divorce or parental responsibility proceedings. Regulation Brussels IIa provides the necessary legal framework for uniform legal rules. However, uniformity of legal rules and their uniform interpretation through the Court of Justice of the European Union, although a necessary condition, does not suffice to achieve coherence of solutions in family matters. This situation leads to a strong need for trainings of national judges, lawyers and social service staff in this area with a specific emphasis both on interpretation and application of legal rules, on one side, and on evaluation and weighing of factual and social elements, on the other.


Project partners: University of Verona, University of Milano Bicocca, University of Minho, Braga, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest.

Project duration: 2018. 01. 01. – 2019. 12. 30

The project is co-funded by the European Commission (DG Justice).