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TRAFUT workshop on the EU Directive on the right to interpretation and translation in criminal proceedings


EULITA (European Legal Interpreters and Translators Association) and TermNet Member, the Lessius University College Antwerp, have been awarded EU funding for a project (TRAFUT - Training for the Future) which focuses on the specific aspects of the EU Directive on the right to interpretation and translation in criminal proceedings. EU Vice-President V. Reding has expressed her support for the TRAFUT project in a letter of endorsement to the TRAFUT project team.
The underlying idea of the project is to promote the implementation of the Directive by discussing its various features with the different stakeholders in the judicial arena such as
. the legislative implications of the Directive for member states,
. quality/absence of quality in interpretation and translation (and how to identify it),
. the admission to and the management of national/regional registers of legal interpreters and translators (with a view to developing an electronic database for the e-justice portal),
. best practices for effective communication between legal interpreters and translators and the other judicial stakeholders,
. modern communication technologies used in judicial contexts (e.g. video-conference interpreting) and the special needs of vulnerable persons (e.g. sign-language interpreting).
In the course of the TRAFUT project four regional workshops are being organised, i.e. in
. Ljubljana, Slovenia, from 24 to 26 November 2011,
. Madrid, Spain, 15 and 16 March 2012,
. Helsinki, Finland, from 14 to 16 June 2012,
. Antwerp, Belgium, from 18 to 20 October 2012.
Representatives from six to seven EU member states per workshop are invited to attend these regional workshops. Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Slovakia have been selected as the countries for the forthcoming workshop in Antwerp from 18 to 20 October 2012. Judges, prosecutors, lawyers, judicial staff, police authorities, representatives of ministries of justice and national professional associations of legal interpreters and translators will be the target audience of the workshops.
On behalf of the TRAFUT project team, the  Lessius University College Antwerp would like to invite all interested stakeholders to attend the workshop in Antwerp.
In view of the imminent deadline for the transposition of the EU Directive on the right to interpretation and translation in criminal proceedings (October 2013) several ministries of justice of the EU member states invited to the previous three workshops have expressed their interest in attending the Antwerp workshop to broaden their understanding of the practical issues covered by the EU Directive. The TRAFUT project team especially welcomes their attendance of the workshop.
For more information about this project and its workshop please go to the EULITA website http://eulita.eu/training-future
or contact:
Ken De Wachter (Trafut@lessius.eu)
Research Assistant,  Lessius Antwerpen / KU Leuven
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