Updated Self-Learning Materials

Updated materials have now been launched on the HELP Self-Learning Platform, which are accessible to any user who has a created a Moodle account. Any new users can easily create an account here.

HELP Programme Video

The HELP team are delighted to premiere the new video on the HELP Programme. The video is a short 5 minute introduction to HELP and hightlights the aims, activities and strengths of the Project. Currently available in English, over the coming months the video is due to be translated into some of the national languages of member states.

You may watch the video here, via the official Council of Europe YouTube channel. Watch, enjoy and share!

Call for expression of interest for consultancy services

The Council of Europe is launching a call for expression of interest for consultancy services in the framework of the Project on supporting the criminal justice reform and combating ill-treatment and impunity in Armenia, implemented by the Council of Europe and funded by the European Union.

Expertise is needed is the area of human rights and criminal justice (with a focus on European human rights standards and the fight against ill-treatment/effective investigation of ill-treatment cases) as well as training of legal professionals and law enforcement officers/ investigators.

The details are described in the call attached. Candidates must submit the following documents in English:

Best Practices in Human Rights Training for Investigators Round Table

This year, the Justice Academy of Armenia started to train investigators in addition to judges, prosecutors, candidate judges and prosecutors and judicial servants.

Within a new project implemented by the Council of Europe on Supporting the Criminal Justice Reform and Combatting ill-treatment and impunity in Armenia, support will be provided to the Justice Academy to develop training materials and courses for investigators on human rights (including e-learning methods).

We are therefore looking for best practices in Europe regarding human rights training for investigators. Training institutions interested to share their experience during a round table to be organised in Armenia in October 2015 are invited to contact Ms Camille Gangloff, Project coordinator, Council of Europe (camille.gangloff@coe.int ) by 15 September 2015.


Training of Trainers 9 - 11 September

Based on the previous successes and the continued support for such events, the HELP Secretariat is pleased to be hosting the third Training of Trainers (ToT) Session that will be held on the 9-11 September 2015 in Strasbourg.

The aim of the course is to update participants on recent Strasbourg jurisprudence as well as to train them on methodologies for legal professionals, including the use of new technologies for training.

HELP Network Conference Report 2015

The HELP Secretariat are pleased to publish the Report of the 2015 Annual HELP Network Conference, held 4 - 5 June. The Report will be made available to all HELP Partners and members and can be downloaded here.


The Report summaries the key speeches of the Conference and presents the conclusions of each Working Group. The results of the feedback questionnaire are presented, including the Roadmap for 2016.


All parties are invited to freely disseminate the Report and profit from the information contained therein.

Closing ceremony for the first distance learning course on Introduction to the ECHR and the European Court of Human Rights

The first group of judges and prosecutors has successfully completed the HELP distance learning course "Introduction to the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights".

This was the first HELP distance learning course organsied in Croatia within the HELP Programme and carried out in partnership with the Judicial Academy.

The participants of the course were judges of Croatian Municipal and County Courts, state prosecutors from regional State Attorney's Offices and members of the Judicial Academy. They showed great knowledge, perseverance and enthusiasm during the course and have successfully mastered demanding material on Convention.

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.