Importance of training to ensure independent judiciary underlined at international conference in Baku

The Council of Europe took part in a conference on “Application of the European Convention on Human rights at the national level and the role of national judges” held in Baku on 24-25 October 2014 under Azerbaijan’s chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers. In his closing remarks, Philippe Boillat, Director General of Human Rights and the Rule of Law, recalled that there can be no effective protection of human rights without a truly independent judiciary and that professional training was key factor in establishing and maintaining this independence.

What is the role of a HELP tutor?

The European Programme on Human Rights Education (HELP) aims at supporting the national training institutions for judges and prosecutors and the bar associations of the 47 member states of the Council of Europe (CoE) to implement the European Convention on Human Rights  (ECHR) at national level. It works in cooperation with the national institutions on developing curricula and training materials on the ECHR and other human rights related issues.

First Working Group meeting in Ill-treatment in the light of the ECHR

The first working group meeting to develop a HELP blended learning course on ill-treatment in the light of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) took place in Strasbourg on 16 October 2014.

The course will prepare Ukrainian legal professionals to better apply the provisions of the ECHR concerning ill treatment to ultimately prevent, prosecute and punish deliberate ill-treatment. The course is targeted at lawyers, prosecutors and judges alike considering their specific perspectives and training needs.

HELP course on pre-trial investigation launched in Ukraine

Kiyv, Ukraine, 13 October 2014

The first working group meeting to develop a HELP (Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals) blended learning course on pre-trial investigations in the light of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) took place in Kyiv on 13 October 2014.

First Working Group Meeting on Business and Human Rights

On 7 October 2014, the first meeting of the working group on Business and Human Rights was organised by the HELP Programme. At this meeting, the work of the Council of Europe in that area was introduced by the Secretery of the CDDH-CORP, Matthias Kloth. The experts discussed a possible outline for the curriculum for blended and distance-learning courses for legal professionals, with special emphasis on the European Convention on Human Rights. Experts of the Working Group include Mr Damiano De Felice, PhD in International relations, Mr Wayne Jordash, Queen’s Council specialised in Business and Human Rights law, Ms Corinne Lewis, Legal Advisor, Lex Justi and Ms Claire Methven O’Brien, Chief advisor at the Danish Institute for Human Rights.

HELP at the National Conference for Serbian Judges

The presentation of the HELP Programme was held on the first day of the Conference at the panel session.

The European Convention on Human Rights is an integral part of the legal system of the Republic of Serbia since 2003. The 2006 Serbian Constitution provides for the direct application of the ratified international human rights treaties. The European Convention in Serbia has a special significance, but its direct application is neither simple nor easy. The HELP Programme is being carried out in Serbia as in the other 46 CoE member states. The natural extension of that Programme in Serbia is the CoE project “Support to the Judiciary in Serbia in the Implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights”.

Study visit to Strasbourg of legal professionals from Italy, Russia and Ukraine

Legal professionals from Italy, Russia and Ukraine are meeting from 6 to 10 October, in Strasbourg, for a study visit to the Council of Europe, including the European Court of Human Rights, organised in cooperation with the European Centre for Legal Cooperation.

The objective of this activity is for lawyers and judges from the three member states to better understand the functioning of the European Court of Human Rights and the principles and logic behind its decisions, as well as to get a clearer idea about recent evolutions of the Court’s case law.

HELP initiatives for Russian lawyers: debriefing and kick off meetings in Moscow

Moscow meeting

Several activities took place on 17-18 September 2014 in Russia. The event was organized in the Federal Chamber of Laweyrs of the Russian Federation. The first vice-president of the Chamber, Mr.Pilipenko, the manager of the HELP Programme, Mr Roberto Rivello, the HELP project manager, Natacha De Roeck, and the HELP info-point on admissibility issues, Galina Arapova and Natalya Kravchuk, HELP info point for Russia took part in the meeting. PArticvipants could also benefit from the presentations and inputs of Mr Krzystof Kosowitz, lawyer at the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights.

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