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.

HELP in the field meeting

On the 19th and 20th February in Strasbourg the HELP Secretariat was delighted to host a HELP in the Field meeting. Mr Mikhail Lobov and Ms Tatiana Termacic opened the conference by discussing the strengths and futures challenges of HELP, and the important role Field Officers can play in encouraging the integration of HELP tools and methodology in various projects.

The meeting provided a welcome opportunity to present the HELP network, methodology, activities and e-learning resources. There was also fruitful discussion from participants on the projects being implemented in the field and the role HELP can play in current and future works.

20 newly certified trainers at the Armenian Justice Academy

On 12 February 2015, the Council of Europe awarded certificates to 20 trainers of the Armenian Justice Academy who participated in two training-of-trainers seminars organised in October and November 2014.  The aim of the seminars was to equip the trainers with new tools and interactive methodologies essential for the delivery of high-quality professional training on human rights issues. Thanks to the acquired knowledge, the trainers of the Justice Academy will now be able to design their own case studies and training materials on specific human rights issues. They will also deliver a number of cascade seminars in the Justice Academy in 2015.

HELP’s partner, the "Mémoire Albert Cohen" Foundation, awards literary prize

The prize is awarded by “Mémoire Albert Cohen” Foundation every year to a novel written in French, which questions the role of the foreigner, as Albert Cohen did in both his books and in his international career as a civil servant, through which he reflected his humanist approach, having promoted the rights of refugees and stateless persons in the aftermath of the Second World War. This year, the award winning novel is “Ce sont des choses qui arrivent” by Pauline Dreyfus.


The ceremony took place in the Constitutional Council, under the auspices of its President, Jean-Louis Debré, who emphasised that the mission of the Foundation has never been so relevant, with thousands of migrants dying every year at Europe’s borders. He also said that “liberty needs a state” and that humour is a vital accompaniment to the fight for freedom.


Launch of the course on Family Law and Human Rights for Italian Judges

The kick-off meeting for the launch of the distance learning course on Family Law and Human Rights for Italian judges will be held in Scandicci, Florence on 8 and 9 January 2015. The event is organised in cooperation with the Italian School for the Judiciary and it will take place at its premises.

After an introduction to HELP and its methodology, the kick-off meeting will be focusing on the role of the Italian judges in the implementation of the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights in the field of Family Law as well as the Italian legal framework.