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

The HELP Secretariat are pleased to announce the dates for the 2015 HELP annual Network Conference, to be held in Strasbourg, as the 4 -5 June. This year the event will be focused on inter-professional challenges: “Interactions between legal and other professionals in human rights training”. It is organised under the Council of Europe Chairmanship of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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, et cetera), but further discussion is 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:

Official Launch of the Programme on Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) in Russia

The official Launch of the Programme on Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) in Russia took place on 22 April 2015 at the Russian State University of Justice of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation.

HELP Presented to the Southern Mediterranean Countries

The HELP tools and methodology were presented at the launch event of the Southern Programme II, which concerns mainly Morocco, Tunisia and Jordan as well as the other countries in the region. A discussion was launched on their possible introduction in Morocco and Tunisia, as a pilot initiative. Read more here.

Stakeholders' Conference and Working Group Meeting on Transitional Criminal Justice and Human Rights

Horrible crimes were committed against thousands of victims during the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia: widespread attacks against civilians, population expulsions, systematic rape, torture, enslavement and the use of camps. After the conflicts, it was clear that transitional justice in the region had to focus on criminal prosecutions; reparations of victims; institutional reforms and guarantees of non-recurrence.

Following the suggestion of the Commissioner for Human Rights, a curriculum and training activities on Transitional Criminal Justice will be developed for judges and prosecutors in the framework of the European Programme for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) and the Council of Europe project on Reinforcing the capacity of the judiciary as regards the implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Second Annual Forum on Justice and Human Rights – April 20-22nd, 2015, Sofia

The Forum on Justice and Human Rights is being organized within the framework of the project “Increasing the Capacity of the Judiciary and Training on the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms at the National Institute of Justice”, Contract № 93-00-42 / 20.02.2013 NFM 2009-2014.

The Forum aims at providing a platform for the exchange of experience and ideas related to Human Rights Protection, establishment of a stable Network, within which professional expertise in the area of Human Rights to be shared, and responding to the needs of the Bulgarian Judiciary to be better informed and well grounded in the latest developments of the ECtHR’s jurisprudence as well as of the established practice in the field of Human Rights Protection.

Regional Conference "The effective use of national remedies in domestic legal proceedings and the subsidiarity role of the European Court of Human Rights"

The Council of Europe, the Human Rights National Implementation Division in co-operation with Faculty of Law University of Zagreb are organising two days regional conference titled "Effective use of domestic remedies in the national procedures and the subsidiary role of the European Court of Human Rights", in Zagreb on 12 and 13 March 2015.

Returning human rights in the domestic legal system, is the motto of the two-day regional conference at which legal experts and representatives of the judiciary, bar associations and universities/legal research centers from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo⃰, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia and “The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, representatives of the ECtHR, its Registry and the CoE Secretariat are invited to share their opinions on this topic and point out the existing obstacles in achieving this very important goal. The main objectives of the conference are:

Second edition of the HELP Training-of-Trainers

The second edition of the HELP training-of-trainers course (ToT) was held in Strasbourg from 16th- 19th February 2015. The purpose was to ensure for legal professionals a high quality of training on the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).

The conference was addressed by several distinguished experts, including Judge Spano, Mr Andrew Drzemczewski, Prof. Martin Kuijer, Mr Vincent Berger and Mr Szymon Janczarek. The ToT also included group training sessions on the use of HUDOC and the HELP Moodle Platform and introduced participants to some of the curricula currently available on the HELP platform. The conference was well received by attendees and the HELP Secretariat looks forwards to certifying new national trainers.