JP-COOPS is an EU project funded by the European Commission Directorate – General Justice and Consumers, grant agreement no. 807032, under the
JUST-JTRA-EJTR-AG-2017 call with a total budget of EUR €959,147.52.
This project aims to contribute to the prevention of radicalization and terrorism by improving judicial and police cooperation. Specifically, the project has the following objectives:
- a) Tackle existing gaps in counter-radicalization policies and practices through a cross-border cooperation of training providers which strengthen and institutionalize training courses on judicial and police cooperation within a public-private framework, considering up-scalability and principle of conferral;
- b) Expanding the existing networks through exchange of information, training contents, and best practices on countering radicalization and terrorism through the rule of the law by designing and delivering a Toolkit of the Toolkits (‘Super-Toolkit’);
- c) By capitalizing from ongoing projects, innovate the segment of the training on radicalization through an extensive use of jurisdictionalisation procedures based upon the integration of different European legal instruments as basis for future policies and practices. Explore the opportunities offered from recent EU legislation to deescalate tensions and de-potentiate grievances leading to recruitment and terrorism in different social environments;
- d) Promote a “Knowledge Partnership” between EJTN, CEPOL, universities, judicial and police schools and Ministries as stated in one of the flagships of the Europe 2020 Strategy. We contribute to the cooperation between CEPOL and the E-Justice Portal as part of a better coordinated effort between LEAs and Judiciary in CVE. Integrate the training activities of the partners countries with the e-Justice Portal as reference tool in the context of judicial training, in line with the provision 2.3 of the EU Security Agenda 2015 and give formal recognition to the acquired training credits through academic bodies (UFC System) extended to the European Law Institute.
The target audience of the project is composed of:
- 113 among judges, court staff, investigative judge, public prosecutors, and lawyers;
- 113 LEAs;
- 500 Prison Police, prison staff and surveillance judges/courts;
- 75 Private Experts.
Experts will cooperate and use their experience to accomplish all the foreseen activities:
- 5 Training Living Labs (TLL) to jurisdictionalize preventive practices in all European regions for 50 interagency experts;
- Handbook (1000 copies) to train trainers on the use of judiciary measures as a Risk Reduction Tool, case-law of ECtHR, CJEU, FRA and EC Guidelines;-Comprehensive Packages for Delivering Large Scale Training on Radicalisation composed by 5 new training modules framed within the HERMES LMS;
- 2 ToT (26 participants) and 56 Interagency Training Courses, to strengthen the existing network of National Trainers to reinforce Police and Judicial Cooperation aimed at the Prevention of Radicalisation in 26 MSs;
- International Dissemination:1 Int’l Conference+Multimedia Campaign.
JP-COOPS will increase efficiency, competences and coordination among judicial professionals thanks to a:
- Comparative approach on the interrelations of several Directives and Framework Decisions with the mainstreaming policies and practices in counter-radicalization in Europe, and the evolution of the EU security doctrines. The different levels of implementation and the multifaced forms of judicial and police cooperation are seen from the perspective of the counter-radicalization policies with a specific focus on prevention;
- Better integration of the local, regional and national policies and practices into the European
Framework, having due attention to the necessary balance between security and fundamental rights; The JLLs will contribute to:
- (a) identifying key stakeholders who may give access to MoJs, MoIs and networks of practitioners for the selection of ToTs;
- (b) addressing different needs emerging at local and national level;
- (c) generating a co-creative process to produce tailor-made contents relevant for specific needs;
- (d) collecting existing modules and e-contents, trainers and infrastructures developed by other projects and define information sharing agreements for their re-usability within JP-COOPS as part of the LMS or the Super Toolkit;
- New culture of sentencing decisions capable of selecting, when appropriate, alternative or
additional measures to prevent radicalization and terrorist recruitment at all stages of the procedures;
- Institutionalization of the different scattered and fragmented pieces on knowledge, platforms, toolkits, and initiative, developed by several consortia, into a Comprehensive Packages for Delivering Large Scale Training on Radicalisation, through one single Network of Networks which uses a common methodology, a shared technological infrastructure and can offer up-scalable, modular and flexible tools into a unified Toolbox comprising several national and European single kits available from different projects (Toolkit of the Toolkits). One component of the ‘Super Toolkit’ include the possibility to integrate additional LMSs when for whatever reasons the platform ‘Hermes’ cannot be deployed; In terms of changes JP-COOPS pave the way for the recognition and collaboration between MSs that can booster best practices and results; cross-fertilize the European judicial systems through national facilitators that can inform a balanced culture of prevention to counter radical escalations; promote an integrated approach involving the whole judiciary pipeline (judges, prosecutors, lawyers, prison & probation) to make possible the application of the European law reforms after Lisbon in an integrated way as main tool for Risk Reduction Strategies to de-escalate radical dynamics.JP-COOPS covers all MS thus contributing to the objectives of the Stockholm Program (OJ 2010 C 115 pg.1) in line with the provisions of the Lisbon Treaty (art. 81.2 h and 82.1.c). Furthermore, it creates a buzz among Europe to share the great advantages this approach can have in terms of prevention and Improvement of the interagency cooperation in a field where both DG Justice and DG Home are involved. The project capitalizes from the experience gained and the training infrastructure built by the partner Agenfor in the management of the project DERAD and TRAINING AID (2016-2018 and 2016-2019), where 112 blended courses in 26 MSs have been organized in 15 months.
- Introduction of situational prevention aspects in counter-radicalization as an essential component of the Risk Reduction Strategies adopted by Judiciary and Police forces. This is a relevant innovation within a panorama of researches and training contents based mainly on primary, secondary and tertiary prevention, which are forms of action more suited for educators, sociologists and psychologists, than for LEAs and Judiciary.
The JP-COOPS consortium is composed of 10 organizations from 10 countries:
- University of Malta (Coordinator) – Malta;
- Agenfor International Foundation – Italy;
- Bremen University for Public Administration – Germany;
- Center for the Study of Democracy – Bulgaria;
- Czech Technical University – Czech Republic;
- The Institute for European Studies (IES) at the Free University of Brussels – Belgium;
- The Observatory on Good Governance at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos – Spain;
- The Centre for Risk and Decision Sciences (CERIDES) at European University – Cyprus;
- The Center for Security Studies (KEMEA) – Greece;
- The Knowledge activist’s association – France.