The European Network of Collaborative Practice is a network of European Collaborative Professionals. We first met in September 2008 in Fischbachau near Munich, Germany. We met to connect, share ideas and develop collaborative practice in Europe. In 2012 we started the process of forming a legal entity. In December 2014 the association ENCP was registered under Dutch law. Our first president was Annette Van Keulen and her successor and current president is Irene van Noort.

Collaborative practice in Europe

The ENCP Board consists of a number of founding members (national Collaborative Practice associations) from the following countries: Germany, England and Wales, Scotland, Italy, France, Switzerland, Austria, The Netherlands, Ireland and Czech Republic. The Board consists of two representatives per member. The Board generally meets twice a year. In addition a number of smaller working groups and committees comprised of board members meet on a more regular basis.

Our founding principles are:

  • The promotion and growth in Europe of collaborative practice;
  • The promotion of lifelong learning /education of its members and of the national/local associations through training;
  • The promotion and exchange of experience at European cross border level with regard to collaborative law and practice (in part to enable professionals to work cross-border);
  • The creation and maintenance of closer ties between European collaborative professionals to enable the exchange of experience amongst practitioners of collaborative law and practice;
  • The development of a European quality standard for collaborative practitioners;
  • To support the development and growth of collborative law and practice in all European countries, whilst at the same time respecting respecting the individual, social, cultural and legal framework of each member state country.

Membership is open to all individuals who are educated according to confirmation of the national practice group or the basic training standards of the IACP (International Academy of Collaborative Professionals). In practice, membership is overseen by your local collaborative organization. ENCP is also open to associate membership for national practice groups, institutions, companies or individuals to be decided by the Board.

If you or your association is interested in becoming a member please contact the chair of our New Member Committee craig.Samson@blackadders.co.uk.

Attached the constitution of the ENCP.

European CP associations