2016 HELP Annual Network Conference

2016 HELP Annual Network Conference

Strasbourg, 16-17 June 2016

We are pleased to inform members of the HELP Network and our partners from other international associations of legal professionals that the Annual Conference 2016 will take place on 16-17 June in Strasbourg. This year the event will be focused on the topic "the Contribution of HELP in the Harmonisation of the National Case Law".

The annual conference is a forum for discussion among all members and partners on ways of enhancing training results and concrete implementation at anational level of the European Convention on Human Rights and on how to improve an effective co-operation. It is also an important occasion to discuss bi-laterally the co-operation between the HELP Programme and its partner institutions.

National Training of HELP trainers, Moscow, 3 - 7 February 2016

The national format of the ToT was launched for the second time in Moscow. During the four day programme 30 participants from the Academy of the General Prosecutor’s office, the Russian state university of justice, the Institute of legislation and comparative law under the government of the Russian Federation, MGIMO, the Kutafin Moscow State Law University, representatives of bar associations from Stavropol, Ulyanovsk, Saint-Petersburg work together on adaptation of the HELP courses.

The purpose of the training is to inspire national training institutions to use resources and model courses of the HELP for their in-service and master programmes and support them in their efforts on launching HELP curricula.  

Roundtable on Protecting Asylum-Seekers and Refugee

Roundtable on Protecting Asylum-Seekers and Refugee

Moscow, 20-21 January 2016

On 20-21 January 2016 a Roundtable on Protecting Asylum-Seekers and Refugees in a Challenging Security Context, jointly organised by the Council of Europe, UNHCR and MGIMO European Studies Institute took place in MGIMO University in Moscow.

40 representatives of international organisations, academic institutions and Russian state authorities took part in the event, including representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Supreme Court of Russia, the General Prosecutor's Office, the Federal Migration Service, Office of the Huam Rights Commissioner in the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Justice.

HELP Moodle platform maintenance

The HELP Moodle front page is currently being redesigned and the website will therefore be unavailable today. We thank you for your understanding.

Paris, 8 January 2016: Launching of the HELP/UNHCR course on the ECHR and Asylum for French lawyers

The HELP Programme and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in cooperation with the National Bar Association (CNB) and the Delegation of the French Bar Associations (DBF), launched the course on the ECHR and Asylum in Paris on 8 January for a pilot group of French attorneys.

Interpretative mechanisms in the ECHR case-law: the concept of European consensus

Just as important as knowing the standards developed by the European Court of Human Rights, understanding the process and the interpretative mechanisms used for establishing them is crucial to their correct implementation at national level, especially since national courts have an important role in the interpretation of the Convention through the cases that are brought before them, in light of the principle of subsidiarity.

The European consensus is a concept used by the Court stemming from the evolving nature of the interpretation of the European Convention on Human Rights. As repeatedly stated by the Court, the Convention is a living instrument anchored to the reality of the Member States in which it applies.

The freedom of expression of lawyers towards judges and experts

By a judgment of the Grand Chamber and a Chamber decision made during the first half 2015, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has developed its case law related to the freedom of expression of lawyers, guaranteed by article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

The cases related to two types of actors involved in judicial proceedings: permanent actors - the sitting judges - who are the natural contact points for lawyers and obstacle for lawyers; intermittent actors - the sworn experts - whose opinion may have an important influence on outcome of a trial.  


Joint Start of the Bulgarian Edition of the HELP Course on Antidiscrimination for Magistrates and Lawyers

Kick-off meeting to the Bulgarian edition of the HELP course on Anti-discrimination, 20.11.2015

A kick-off meeting to the Bulgarian edition of the e-learning course on Anti-discrimination, developed under the Programme for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (the HELP Programme) of the Council of Europe (CoE), was organized on November 20th, 2015 at the National Institute of Justice of Republic of Bulgaria.

The training began simultaneously for two different categories of legal professionals – 37 judges and judicial assistants at Bulgarian administrative courts and 28 Bulgarian lawyers and after the joint kick-off meeting it will continue separately for each of these professional groups.

Launch of the pilot distance-learning course on Business and Human Rights in Italy

On 18th of November, the Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals Programme (the HELP Programme) in collaboration with the Scuala Superiore Della Magistratura of Italy, will launch the pilot online course “Business and Human Rights” for a mixed group of national judges, lawyers and accountants.

For the first time, the course will be in english and for a mixed group of participants.


EU/CoE "HELP in the 28 Programme": first annual meeting

Taking place on 6 November, this event was addressed to Focal Points (contact persons with National Training Institutions) and Info Points (contact persons with Bar Associations) in the 28 European Union member states. The general objective of the meeting was to examine the implementation of the HELP Programme in the EU countries and discuss perspectives for future cooperation with National Training Institutions and Bar Associations in the framework of the project.