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Request for Tender: Training Manual on the Directive on the right of access to a lawyer

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1.Introduction

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties is seeking tenders to develop a Training Manual on the Directive on the right of access to a lawyer (the “Directive”). It is intended that the Training Manual will complement the ICCL’s publication “The EU Directive on the Right of Access to a Lawyer: A Guide for Practitioners” (available here), and a series of training workshops for legal practitioners (seminars and webinars) on the right of access to a lawyer. More broadly, it is intended that the Manual may be used for training carried out in EU Member States on the implementation of the Directive.

2.Background

The Directive on the right of access to a lawyer is the 3rd Measure (Measure C1) of the Swedish Roadmap on Procedural Rights. The Directive was adopted on 22 October 2013, and EU Member States have until 27 November 2016 to transpose the Directive into their national law.[1]

 

3.Project

3.1 Project aim

The aim of the Project is to develop a Training Manual which will educate legal practitioners on the provisions of the Directive in a manner which has relevance to their legal practice.

3.2 Training Outcomes

The Training Manual will be written in the English language and will be translated into a further language at a later stage in 2015.

Projected learning outcomes following the delivery of the Training Manual include:

  • Participants will be informed about the content of Directive, the importance of rights contained in the Directive and the obligations the Directive imposes on Member States.

 

  • Participants’ understanding of the Directive will be tested and there will be an opportunity for focused analysis and exploration of potential human rights violations through the training e.g. case scenarios.

 

  • Participants will be provided with a set of tools to assist them in benchmarking national policies and guidance on the standards which must be met by Member States in order to meet the legal requirements of the Directive.

 

  • Participants will be empowered to share this learning with other practitioners, thereby increasing knowledge of EU law on defence rights and the Swedish Roadmap on Procedural Rights.

 

3.3  Project Implementation and Methodology

This project will be overseen by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties. This project will contain the following key elements:

  • Working with the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, who will provide support and expertise to the project and assist in defining key messages for the Training Manual.
  • Participating in an introductory meeting with the Irish Council for Civil Liberties either in person or via conference or Skype call.
  • Conducting the necessary preparatory research to be used in the development of the Training Manual.
  • Producing an outline of the Training Manual.
  • Drafting and developing the Training Manual.
  • Participating in progress meetings with the Irish Council for Civil Liberties when requested.
  • Participating in the ‘review and editing’ process and providing feedback where required either in person or via conference or Skype call.
  • Adhering to the strict deadlines outlined in the contract and in this tender.

4. Outputs required (Work to be done)

     The expected outputs include:

  • Participation in an introductory meeting and progress meetings with the Irish Council for Civil Liberties.
  • Development of the concept and format for the Training Manual based on legal expertise; own completed preparatory research and previously published  Irish Council for Civil Liberties Report on the Directive on the Right of access to a lawyer (available here) and  training materials on other EU Directives (available here).  
  • Production of an outline of the Training Manual.
  • Submission of each draft in a clear and concise format.
  • Active participation in a ‘review and edit’ process, which may involve several amendments, and as a result, the production of several drafts of the Training Manual.
  • Production of a 15-25 page Training Manual in the English language.

5.Timeframe

The timeframe for the project is 6 weeks.

  • Introductory meeting with Irish Council for Civil Liberties week of 20 July.
  • The outline of the Training Manual will be submitted no later than 31 July.
  • The first draft of the Training Manual must be submitted to the Irish Council for Civil Liberties no later than 14 August.
  • The ‘review and edit’ process shall take place between 14-24 August.
  • The final draft Training Manual is to be completed no later than 31 August.

 6.Contractor(s) Specification

 Essential Skills

  • University degree, preferably in law or international relations.  
  • Proven ability to develop training materials based on complex material for audiences with a professional profile.
  • Previous experience of adapting complex standards for practical use by legal practitioners.
  • A proven ability to communicate clearly together with very strong drafting skills in the English language.  
  • A proven track record in producing high quality documents such as legal or educational development materials.  
  • A proven track record in conducting research. 
  • A proven track record in meeting tight deadlines.  

 

    Desirable Skills

  • Knowledge of, and the capacity to analyse European Union documents including of a legal nature.  

 7.Format of Tenders

The tender for this research project should be succinct and include the following:

  • An outline of the proposed approach to the work;
  • An indication of when the Contractor would be available to start;
  • An outline of relevant experience and expertise of the personnel to be involved.
  • The names, addresses and telephone numbers of previous clients who may be contacted for references.
  • Applicants are invited to supply a work sample of a Training Manual they have developed.

8. Assessment of Tenders

Tenders will be assessed by Irish Council for Civil Liberties. The overall assessment will be concerned with the value for money taking into account the quality and cost of the contractor’s proposals. In particular the assessment will focus on the criteria set down in the Contractor(s) specification together with the proposed approach to the work. Contractor(s) may be required to attend an interview either in person or be available for a conference or Skype call.

9.Contract of Agreement

A written agreement will be drafted between the Contractor(s) and by Irish Council for Civil Liberties. Payment of fees will be linked to deliverables.

10.Funding

Funding has been secured from the European Commission to produce the Training Manual.

11.Copyright and Ownership

Ownership of any material produced, which relates as a result of this Request for Tender shall rest with the Irish Council for Civil Liberties. 

 12.Any tender may not be accepted

The issue of this Request for Tender does not imply that any tender will be accepted.

13.Closing date for submission of tenders 

The closing date for receipt of tenders is 10 July 2015. Tenders which are delivered late will not be considered.

Tenders should be returned to pia.janning@iccl.ie

Please use the subject line "Training Manual Tender".  

 


[1] Note Ireland has not yet indicated its intention to opt in to the Directive under Article 4, Protocol 21 of the Treaty of the European Union.  

 


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