MEDELOn June 15th 1985, European magistrates and associations of magistrates convened in Strasbourg to constitute MEDEL.

Among their goals was "the establishment of a common debate among magistrates from different countries", "the defense of the independence of the judiciary in the face of every other power as well as of specific interests", "the democratization of the judiciary", "the respect, in all circumstances, of the legal values specific to the democratic state based on the rule of law" and "the proclamation and the defense of the rights of minorities and of differences, and in particular the rights of immigrants and the most deprived, in a perspective of social emancipation of the weakest".

International fair trade dayMEDEL europe supports and endorses the "International Fair Trial Day", calling for the respect of Human Rights and the right to a fair trial in Turkey.

Join the Inaugural International Fair Trial Day event today, June 14th, 2021 (15.00-17.20 CET):

MEDELMEDEL fully supports the statement issued on 5 May 2021 by its member association "Juezas y Jueces para la Democracia" on the situation of El Salvador and calls on the Salvadoran authorities to respect the independence of the Judiciary and the Rule of Law.

Giovanni Falcone, Source: Wikipedia

Every 23rd of May, MEDEL honours the memory of Giovanni Falcone, the Italian judge assassinated by the mafia on this day, in 1992, having declared this date as the Alert Day for the Independence of Justice

This year, we honour the memory of the brave judges and prosecutors (and their families) from Turkey who also gave their lives after being unfairly imprisoned.

MEDELMEDEL issued a statement today on Advocate General Tanchev's opinions in cases C-487/19 and C-508/19 and the termination of Adam Bodnar's mandate as Polish Ombudsman, decided by the politically captured Polish Constitutional Court.

MEDEL welcomes the opinions delivered on 15 April 2021 by CJEU’s Advocate General Evgeni Tanchev in cases C-487/19 and C-508/19 – requests for preliminary ruling from the Polish Supreme Court.

In both opinions, Advocate General underlined that the right to a tribunal established by law, affirmed by the second subparagraph of Article 19(1) TEU in the light of Article 47 of the Charter, must be interpreted in the sense that a court does not meet the requirements to constitute such a tribunal established by law in a situation where the judge concerned was appointed to that position in flagrant breach of the laws of the Member State.

MEDELStatement of MEDEL of solidarity with its brazilian Public Prosecution partner organisations, regarding the proposed changes intended to reduce the role of Public Prosecution in criminal investigations (in English and Portuguese):

MEDEL – Magistrats Européens pour la Démocratie et les Libertés has been given notice by its partner organisations of Brazilian Public Prosecutors, of the ongoing debate in the Brazilian Parliament about changes to the Criminal Procedure Code, namely the opinion presented on April 14th, 2021, suggesting that the competence in criminal investigation should be given to the police, leaving to the Public Prosecution a mere accessory role.

MEDELStatement of MEDEL of solidarity with its brazilian Public Prosecution partner organisations, regarding the proposed changes intended to reduce the role of Public Prosecution in criminal investigations (in English and Portuguese):

MEDEL – Magistrats Européens pour la Démocratie et les Libertés has been given notice by its partner organisations of Brazilian Public Prosecutors, of the ongoing debate in the Brazilian Parliament about changes to the Criminal Procedure Code, namely the opinion presented on April 14th, 2021, suggesting that the competence in criminal investigation should be given to the police, leaving to the Public Prosecution a mere accessory role.

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MEDEL issued a statement today on the situation in Romania. 

MEDEL a publié aujourd'hui un déclaration sur la situation en Roumanie.

MEDEL learned with great concern about the statements and opinions expressed by high-ranked officials of the Romanian Government and of the governing political parties regarding a decision of a last instance court concerning the case known as “the 10th of August”. Statements that vehemently refuse to accept a definitive court decision and command the Minister of Justice to find solutions to re-discuss a case already decided in court are inacceptable in a democracy that prides itself in upholding the rule of law.

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MEDEL issued a statement today on the situation in Romania. 

MEDEL a publié aujourd'hui un déclaration sur la situation en Roumanie.

MEDEL learned with great concern about the statements and opinions expressed by high-ranked officials of the Romanian Government and of the governing political parties regarding a decision of a last instance court concerning the case known as “the 10th of August”. Statements that vehemently refuse to accept a definitive court decision and command the Minister of Justice to find solutions to re-discuss a case already decided in court are inacceptable in a democracy that prides itself in upholding the rule of law.

Platform for an Independent Judiciary in TurkeyThe extraordinary situation of violation of the independence of the judiciary in Turkey has induced all four European Associations of Judges to join together in their activities:

• The Association of European Administrative Judges (AEAJ),
• The European Association of Judges (EAJ),
•  Judges for Judges and
•  “Magistrats Européens pour la Démocratie et les Libertés” (MEDEL)

And form a Platform: Platform for an Independent Judiciary in Turkey. 

Since its creation, the Platform has been working together to promote the independence of the Judiciary in Turkey and the right to freedom and a fair trial to all the Judges and Prosecutors detained.

Here we gather the main documents issued by the Platform:     

Platform Letter Council Europe - 1-8-2016-4SG1.89 MB
Platform Letter Council Europe - 1-8-2016-4PACE1.9 MB
Situation of Turkish Judiciary - Platform Report417.14 KB
Turkey Platform Conclusions163.96 KB
Statement on the eve of the EU-Turkey leaders’ meeting in Varna114.84 KB
70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its observation in Turkey160.88 KB
Criminal conviction of Mr Murat Arslan117.89 KB
Platform Letter Secretary-General Council Europe - 15-07-2020
Statement of the Platform for in Independent Judiciary in Turkey (31th August 2020) (.pdf)157.11 KB


Links to the other member association webpages of the Platform:

The Association of European Administrative Judges (AEAJ)

The European Association of Judges (EAJ), Regional Group of the International Association of Judges (IAJ)

The Judges for Judges

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