Virtual seminar “Making use of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union: equality, access to justice and other aspects”


20 – 22 October 2021

ENNHRI, together with the European Network of Equality Bodies (Equinet) and the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), is organising a virtual seminar on the added value of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. The event will take place from 20 to 22 October 2021. It mainly targets legal experts working for Equality Bodies and NHRIs and will be composed of the following training modules, each of a half-day duration:

  1. The first module will provide an introduction to the Charter, its added value, its field of application and its relationship with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). It will look at the whole enforcement chain, explain the role of all actors as stressed in the new EU Strategy to strengthen the application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights and the related Council of the EU conclusions of March 2021, and consider the novel opportunities emerging for Equality Bodies and NHRIs. This module will include high-level speakers from the EC, FRA and the CJEU, and may be of particular interest also to heads of Equality Bodies and NHRIs.
  2. A second module will focus on the areas of equality and non-discrimination and explore the relevant case law of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU). Furthermore, it will deal with topical issues such as the Common Provisions Regulation laying down the new Charter conditionality with regard to EU funds and the use of the Charter in strategic litigation.
  3. A third module will discuss issues related to judicial independence and the wider question of how the Charter relates to the Rule of Law. Also here the relevant case law of the CJEU will be analysed.
  4. An optional fourth module is offered to Equality Bodies and NHRIs as multipliers of Charter training. Working with case studies and a range of interactive digital tools, this ‘crash course’ will give hands-on advice for Charter training and introduce FRA’s Charter resources and materials including new Charter e-courses.

Overall, the seminar takes an interactive approach. Peer-exchange and mutual learning form important components. Speakers will be leading experts including from the European Commission, the FRA, NHRIs, Equality Bodies and the CJEU.

A detailed agenda and invitation to register for the seminar will be available in September.

For any information relating to this event, please contact Katrien Meuwissen, Senior Human Rights Officer (