From April to May 2021, PRE-RIGHTS partners organised in the context of Work package 4, four Judicial Living Labs (JLLs) with the aim to address contradictions and constrains stemming from the existing preventive measures and related EU legislation on prevention.
The Judicial Living Labs were conceived as co-creative laboratories where multi-agencies and multidisciplinary experts had the chance to meet virtually and discuss on specific cases for each country, in order to extract recommendations to improve the current legislation and practices. The JLLs are a unique opportunity to capitalise on the expertise of first line practitioners to map the problems and generate solutions and proposals.
The following topics emerged in the different countries: in Greece the main problem identified was the lack of prison staff representation while in Malta the issue was that there is no regime of preventive measures against radicalization, monitoring and counselling being used predominantly and the EIO being the main instrument of cooperation on criminal matters. As for Romania, the major debate was cooperation between judicial police, prosecutors, and intelligence services. In Italy, the JLL focused on three different cases on preventive measures on radicalization and their repercussion on fundamental rights.
The outcomes of the JLLs have been captured in single country reports and will contribute to the two final project publications, namely the “Practical Manual on Preventive Measures in Europe and Beyond: Promising Practices and Guidance” and the “Report on the scope of application of EOI/EAW in terrorism-related cases”
The next JLL will take place in Portugal in September 2021.