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.


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.