This guide is the result of several years’ work led by the European Expertise and Expert Institute (EEEI) with the support of the European Commission’s DG Justice. It was created by a consensus conference based on the cooperation and comparative experience of a panel of 60 contributors from 12 EU countries who came together in working groups, meeting over 25 times in the past year. Their discussions and recommendations were put to the test during a public plenary conference that took place in May 2015 in Rome and was attended by 160 people from 22 countries – Judges, lawyers, experts, and academics, representatives from Supreme Courts and European institutions.
The Guide contains best practice recommendations on Expert proceedings, on certification, on ethics and status, and on the creation of a European list of Experts. Part of these recommendations can already be applied by Experts, in particular : the declaration of independence at the beginning of each expert evaluation, the purchase of insurance, the practice of drafting a pre-report, and the writing of a structured report.