Launch of “Introduction to the ECHR” in Armenia

The kick-off meeting of the HELP e-learning course on “Introduction to the ECHR” for Armenian judges, prosecutors, investigators and judicial servants (in total 11 participants) took place on 30 June 2015 at the Justice Academy. The opening ceremony was attended by Ms Natalia Voutov, Head of the CoE office in Yerevan and Mr. Ruben Melikyan, Rector of the Justice Academy (JA). In their welcoming addresses they highly valued the cooperation between the CoE and JA, highlighting the importance of HELP courses for Armenian legal professionals. The HELP programme supports the CoC Member States in implementing the ECHR at the national level. This is being done by enhancing the capacity of judges, lawyers and prosecutors of all 47 member States to apply the ECHR in their daily work. To ensure the sustainability of the HELP programme in the field, the CoE encourages beneficiary training institutions to integrate HELP e-learning courses in their educational programmes.

Certification ceremony for the distance-learning course on Antidiscrimination issues in Serbia

The distance-learning course on Anti-discrimination issues has successfully ended in Serbia. This course was the first HELP distance-learning course organised in Serbia. It was carried out in partnership with the Judicial Academy.

The participants of the course were the second generation trainees of the Judicial Academy. They showed great knowledge, perseverance and dedication.

The participants and the local partner both gave very positive feedback about the course.

Mr. Nenad Vujic, Director of the Judicial Academy, handed the certificates to the participants at today's ceremony at the Belgrade City Hall, in the presence of the President of the Supreme Court of Cassation, among other guests.


Launch of Admissibility Criteria in Lithuania

Judge Egidijus Kūris, judge elected in respect of Lithuania to the European Court of Human Rights ('ECtHR'), kindly recorded an introductory video in Lithuanian to welcome participants to the second launch of the course on Admissibility Criteria, which you can watch here.

Study Visit for the Turkish judiciary to the CoE and ECtHR, 1-3 June 2015 - Strasbourg, France

On 1-3 June, a delegation of judges and prosecutors from Turkey attended a three-day study visit to the Council of Europe (CoE), within the framework of the EU-CoE Joint Project “Strengthening the Capacity of Turkish Judiciary on Freedom of Expression.” The delegation consisted of 12 representatives of various judicial bodies, including the key beneficiary, the Justice Academy of Turkey, and other project partners, such as the Constitutional Court, the Court of Cassation, the Council of State, the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors and the Ministry of Justice.

European seminar on data protection and privacy rights

The European seminar for legal professionals on data protection and privacy rights was held in Bordeaux on 2 June 2015. It was organised in the framework of the HELP in the 28 project, in co-operation with the Ecole Nationale de la Magistrature (ENM).

The seminar was targeted at legal professionals from the European Union (EU) countries who gathered at the premises of the ENM to exchange best practices in terms of training on fundamental rights. Participants could attend presentations delivered by international keynote speakers, such as Mr Christopher Dockksey, Director of the Office of the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), Ms Rachael Kondak, Research Division of the European Court of Human Rights, Ms Elise Degrave, Faculté de Droit, Université de Namur, and Dorota Glowacka, University of Lodz, coordinator of the Observatory of Media Freedom in Poland - Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights.

Traditional In-Service Training Seminar for Russian civil servants at the MGIMO European Legal Studies Institute

The Annual In-Service Training Seminar for Russian legal professionals traditionally took place at the MGIMO European Legal Studies Institute on 20-29 April 2015. More than 200 of civil servants from the Russian key ministries, courts and law enforcement agencies participated in eight- day intensive courses. The aim was to provide for better understanding of the role of the civil servants in the securing of rights under the European Convention. 

Among lecturers were high-level representatives of the Directorate General of Human Rights and the Rule of Law  and the Office of the Directorate General of Programmes of the Council of Europe, judges of the ECHR and lawyers of the Registry of the Court, senior officials of the Russian MFA, other key Russian and foreign experts.

Presentation of the HELP/UNHCR e-learning course on the ECHR and Asylum - Memorial seminar for lawyers

The Memorial Conference was held from 23 to 25 April 2015 and gathered some 60 practicing lawyers from all over Russia. On 24 April, half a day was dedicated to the presentation of the HELP/UNHCR e-learning course on the ECHR and Asylum.

2015 HELP Annual Network Conference

Strasbourg, 4-5 June

The 2015 HELP annual Network Conference was focused on inter-professional challenges: “Interactions between legal and other professionals in human rights training”. It was organised under the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers’ Chairmanship of Bosnia and Herzegovina. At its opening, the Conference was addressed by Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, and by Dean Spielmann, President of the European Court of Human Rights.

HELP has already developed and is developing many curricula on subject matters which include inter-professional aspects (e.g. the courses on Asylum and Refugees, Bioethics, Children Rights, Alternative Measures to Detention, etc.), but further discussion was needed on how to involve other professionals and their expertise in human rights training.

HELP initiatives in Russia: Awarding certificates to the successful participants of the second distance-learning course on Family law in Moscow

On 24 April 2015 the participants of the second pilot Family Law and Human Rights course in Russia received certificates confirming that they had successfully completed the course. They were greeted by Tatiana Termacic, Head of the Human Rights National Implementation Division, Directorate General Human Rights and Rule of Law and Natalya Kravchuk, HELP info point for Russia. The event was organised in the Federal Chamber of Lawyers of the Russian Federation.

The participants had the possibility to provide feedback on the quality of the course.  They highly appreciated the format and the content of the course and expressed their interest and readiness to take part in other initiatives of the HELP in Russia.

Further information on the new distance-learning courses in Russia will be published on the Russian national page of the HELP website: