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European judges to visit Taiwan for judicial exchange

European judges to visit Taiwan for judicial exchange

Taipei, Oct. 7 (CNA) Four European judges will participate in the fourth EU-Taiwan Judicial Exchange Program scheduled for Oct. 13-17 in Taiwan that aims to facilitate exchanges on human rights and justice between European and Taiwanese judicial professionals. The program will include a dialogue on the topic of the death penalty and why Europe abandoned it, the European Economic and Trade Office (EETO) in Taipei said Tuesday. The four judges are all senior practitioners of law, including Judge Peer Lorenzen of the European Court of Human Rights and the Danish Supreme Court, Lady Leeona Dorrian of the Supreme Court of Scotland, Judge Regis De Jorna of the Paris Court of Assizes and Judge Christian Schmitz-Justen of the Cologne Higher Regional Court. During their stay in Taiwan, they will take part in a series of seminars in which they will present case studies and share their experiences of sentencing for serious crimes and of trials involving defendants who suffer from mental disorders. The delegation will also meet with Vice President Wu Den-yih, who also serves as chairman of the Presidential Office Human Rights Consultative Committee, Judicial Yuan President Rai Hau-min, Minister of Justice Luo Ying-shay, members of the Legislative Yuan Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee, and opposition Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ying-wen. "The EU-Taiwan Judicial Exchange Program is the result of close collaboration between Taiwan and Europe," said Frederic Laplanche, head of the EETO. "It offers a valuable platform for exchanges and we hope this event will become a permanent feature on Taiwan's judicial calendar, and contribute to keeping Taiwan in tune with international trends on issues of human rights," Laplanche said in a statement. (By Jeffrey Wu)