Launch of a Toolkit to inform public officials about State’s obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights

Prepared by the Steering Committee for Human Rights, this is the only text adopted by the Committee of Ministers to present in an instructive way all of the rights and obligations arising under the Convention. The Toolkit also provides practical information intended to guide public officials in various everyday situations with which they may be confronted.

 

The Toolkit is essentially aimed at public officials working in the judicial system and those responsible for maintaining public order and administration of deprivation of liberty, but also any official in contact with the public whose actions may raise issues relating to the rights guaranteed by the Convention. It does not require any prior legal knowledge.

HELP national page presentation in Yerevan

An international scientific conference on the topic of “Modern Problems of the Judiciary”was held from 29 June to 1 July 2014 in Yerevan, Armenia. The Conference was organised by the Association of Judges of the Republic of Armenia within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding on Multilateral Cooperation gathering the Associations of Judges of Armenia, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Poland and Ukraine. The Conference was attended by more than 25 participants from the listed countries and a further 20 participants from Armenia.

Both the HELP programme and the Armenian national HELP page were presented, with HELP programme flyers being provided to all participants.

Kick-off for the launch of the course on Admissibility criteria for Italian lawyers

The kick-off meeting for the launch of the course on Admissibility criteria in application submitted to the European Court of Human Rights will be held in Rome on 27 June 2014. The course is developed in the framework of the HELP Porgramme in co-operation with Scuola Superiore dell'Avvocatura. The kick-off meeting is organised in the framework of the seminar Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), which will tak place at the premises of the Supreme Court of Cassation.

Given that the large majority of the applications are declared inadmissible by the Court, such a distance learning course will be lauched with the aim to provide those lawyers who are willing to lodge an application to the ECtHR with all the useful information to make a valid application.

The pilot and the judge

As the pilot needs to upgrade his/her skills to ensure that passengers get safely to their destination, the judge has to ensure that his/her knowledge in human rights law is up to date so as to uphold human rights at home. A new clip explains how the HELP Programme contributes to it.

HELP Conference - Welcome message by the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe

Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe (CoE), welcomes the members of the HELP Network on the occasion of the HELP Network Annual Conference by encouraging them to keep the momentum and to build upon the recent success of the HELP Programme.

The results achieved by HELP were recently recognised and supported at the political level by the CoE’s Parliamentary Assembly, which adopted a Resolution and Recommendation. The inclusion in the HELP Programme of various activities of the Council of Europe is therefore a sign of the progressive extension of its scope.

The role played by the Network including Focal and Info Points was crucial for the results achieved by HELP and the support it earned at the political level as well as for the progressive extension of its scope.

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New HELP leaflets

HELP cake

The new HELP leaflets have just been published and are available in English, French, Russian and many other languages. They are in line with the new HELP visual identity adopted last month by the HELP Secretariat and the Council of Europe.

In the leaflets, you can find general information on HELP Network, programme, methodology and resources.

Certification ceremony at the Czech Bar Association - HELP course on admissibility

On 27 May 2014, in the premises of the Czech Bar Association, 22 Czech lawyers were awarded a joint HELP/Czech Bar certificate for having successfully completed the HELP distance-learning course on admissibility criteria in applications submitted to the European Court of Human Rights.

The ceremony was opened by Mr Antonin Mokry, President of the Czech Bar Association, who was very supportive of the initiative since the beginning. Mr Vit A. Schorm, Government Agent of the Czech Republic before the European Court of Human Rights, had kindly accepted to be the tutor in charge of the moderation of the course. His involvement and commitment was praiseworthy.

Kick-off meeting for the course "General Introduction to the ECHR and the ECtHR" for Croatian judges and prosecutors

The kick-off meeting for the launch of the distance learning course "General Introduction to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR)" took place on 21 May 2014 at the premises of the Judicial Academy in Zagreb.

The course was launched for judges and prosecutors as part of their continuous training to enhance and improve the knowledge of legal professionals on the ECHR and the ECtHR. The aim of the course is to ensure the effective implementation of the Convention at the national level. The course will be moderated Prof. Omejec, President of the Constitutional Court, together with the co-tutors Ksenija Podgornk, Head of the Office of the President of the Constitutional Court, and Sandra Budimir, Croatian HELP Focal Point.

Publication of a guide on the European Court of Human Rights

The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), partner to the HELP Programme, has published a guide, in the form of questions and answers, for lawyers intending to bring a case before the European Court of Human Rights. It contains information and practical advice to guide them in proceedings both before national courts prior to application to the European Court of Human Rights, and before the Court itself, and during the enforcement of the Court’s judgments.

Publication of four new handbooks in the framework of the CoE/EU joint project on Improving the Efficiency of Turkish Criminal Justice System

Four handbooks on Defense Ethics, Determining the Defense Strategy and Motion Practice, Legal Aid and Cross Examination were developed in the framework of the CoE/EU joint project on Improving the Efficiency of the Turkish Criminal Justice System, for lawyers actively working on the criminal justice system. These topics have been identified together with the Union of Turkish Bar Association taking into account the needs of lawyers. The first preparatory meeting took place in December 2013 with national and international experts, aiming at defining the content of the handbooks.

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