Belgium | National Judicial Training Institute/School
L’Institut de formation judiciaire
The Belgian Judicial Training Institute (IGO-IFJ)
Institut de Formation Judiciaire
Avenue Louise 54
About The Belgian Judicial Training Institute (IGO-IFJ)
Law and statute
The Judicial Training Institute (JTI) is a young Belgian institution, and has been founded by the law of 31 January 2007. It commenced its activities on 1 January 2009.
The JTI has been founded under the form of a parastatal ‘sui generis’ of which the structure guarantees the independency of the magistracy and allows the JTI to autonomously identify and to organise training courses for the personnel member of the judiciary.
Moreover, the statute enables a coherent approach and vision regarding training.
This autonomy, however, doesn’t mean the JTI unilaterally (or in isolation) identifies the appropriate or necessary training. On the contrary, the JTI supports an extensive involvement of respective stakeholders, so that they could make their observations known to the JTI.
The JTI is composed of four organs:
1. The direction;
2. The governing board; and,
3. The scientific committee ;
4. The evaluation commission of the judicial training.
As an independent federal body, the JTI wants to contribute to a quality justice by developing in an optimal way the professional competences of the magistrates and the personnel members of the judiciary in a European perspective.
In order to develop those professional competences, the JTI organises aside from the initial training hands-on training courses.
The JTI offers magistrates and the staff members of the judiciary a diverse training offer, basic training offers, management courses, international exchange programmes,…
By offering these training courses, the JTI want to upgrade the skills of each member of the judiciary in order to realise an efficient and effective Justice at the service of the citizen.
To achieve this objective, the JTI tends to offer a hands-on and tailor-made training offer.
Knowledge and documentation management
In addition, the JTI is also building a digital library containing the documentation provided in its training courses, elearning modules and livestreaming sessions.
Hands-on and tailor-made training offer
The mission of the JTI goes beyond ‘providing education’, but is increasingly about supplying ‘tailored competence development’, which is only possible by integrating different forms of teaching and guidance as well as focusing on critical competences.
The JTI has to provide the means for individualised development paths based on the empowerment of those involved, integrating different forms of learning.
Belgium | National Official Representative(s) to EAJTN
H.E Prof. Dr
Raf Van Ransbeeck
Director of The Judicial Training Institute of Belgium (IGO-IFJ)
Prof. dr. Raf Van Ransbeeck launched his career as a lawyer (advocate) at the bar of Dendermonde (Sint-Niklaas) in 1994, after which he executed various academic activities. In 2006, Prof. dr. Van Ransbeeck started as a judge at the Commercial Court in Brussels and in 2012 he became judge at the Court of Appeal of Brussels (conseiller à la cour d’appel de Bruxelles). He also has some additional commitments as a magistrate, such as his membership of the Management board of the International Union of the Magistrates or his membership of the European judicial network in Belgium.
In November 2015, Prof. dr. Van Ransbeeck has been appointed as the director of the Belgian Judicial Training Institute (JTI) for a term of six years, which he combines with a 10% part-time job as professor at a Belgian university. Nowadays, he also represents the JTI as a member of the European Judicial Training Network (EJTN), member of its Steering Committee and convener of its Exchange working group.
Prof. dr. Van Ransbeeck is also organisor of various seminars as well as an editor of various academic articles and books.
Last Updated March 13, 2021