Kick off meeting for the distance learning course on anti-discrimination for judges and legal associates in Sarajevo

On 30 April 2014 a kick off meeting will be held in Sarajevo to launch the distance learning course on anti-discrimination for judges and legal associates, in cooperation with Judicial and prosecutorial training centre of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The meeting will be organised within the project “Reinforcing the capacity of the judiciary to apply European human rights standards at the national level in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, and the HELP Programme and the e-learning course will be presented by Mr Sergey Dikman, project coordinator and Ms Anita Soboleva, member of the working group on the anti-discrimination course, and the relevant national legislation by the course tutor, Mr Mladen Šain.

Kick off meeting of the pilot distance-learning course on Family law and human rights in Moscow

On 15 April 2014 a kick off meeting of the pilot distance-learning course on Family law and human rights will be held in Moscow. The meeting is organised within the framework of the HELP Programme and in cooperation with the Federal Chamber of Lawyers of the Russian Federation. 39 Lawyers will participate in this course.
In this event, the participants will be presented with an introduction on the HELP Programme and the e-learning course on Family law and human rights. Mr. Roberto Rivello, manager of the HELP Programme, will be present, as well as the national tutor for this course, Mrs Natalya Kravchuk.

Kick off meeting for the distance learning course on family law and human rights and child-friendly justice and children rights for judges and legal associates in Sarajevo

On 15 April 2014 a kick off meeting will be held in Sarajevo to launch the distance learning course on family law and human rights and child-friendly justice and children rights for judges and legal associates, in cooperation with Judicial and prosecutorial training centre of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The meeting will be organised within the project “Reinforcing the capacity of the judiciary to apply European human rights standards at the national level in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, and the HELP Programme and the e-learning course will be presented by Ms Valentina Boz, the HELP project manager and the relevant national legislation by the course tutors, Ms Aida Trožić and Ms Sanela Rondić.

Community sanctions and alternative measures distance learning course for legal associates and judges of Bosnia and Herzegovina

On 31 March 2014 a kick off meeting was held in Sarajevo for legal associates and judges to launch the distance learning course on Community sanctions and measures as one answer to prison overcrowding. The meeting was organised within the project “Reinforcing the capacity of the judiciary to apply European human rights standards at the national level in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, in cooperation with the Judicial and prosecutorial training centre of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

HELP Consultative Board Meeting

The HELP Consultative Board Meeting took place in Strasbourg on 4 April 2014. The Consultative Board comprises legal professionals representing the National Training Institutions and Bar Associations. The six members, who were elected during the 2013 HELP Network Conference, are Mr Grzegorz Borkovski, Ms Sandra Budimir, Mr Simon O’Toole, Ms Beatrice Ramascanu, Ms Jolanta Samuolyte and Mr Pier Giovanni Traversa.

The meeting was organised to provide advisory support to the HELP Secretariat on the HELP training methodology and the Human Rights training evaluation criteria. The members also shared their opinion on the draft programme of the HELP Network annual Conference which will take place on 16-17 June 2014 in Strasbourg.

Launching of the HELP course on anti-discrimination issues for Montenegrin legal professionals

On 2 April 2014 a kick off meeting was held in Podgorica, in the premises of the Judicial training Centre, to launch the distance learning course on anti-discrimination issues for Montenegrin judges and prosecutors. The meeting was organised in the framework of the HELP Programme, in cooperation with the Judicial training Centre (JTC) of Montengro. During the event, some 20 participants were first welcome by the Director of the JTC, Ms Maja Milosevic. Then they had an introduction on the HELP Programme and methodology, as well as a description of the outline of the e-learning course on anti-discrimination issues by Ms Natacha De Roeck, HELP Programme Manager, Council of Europe.

A recipe to reduce the number of applications coming to Strasbourg

The number of applications submitted to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) could be reduced through the harmonisation of the case law at the national level and the reduction of inconsistencies among judgments. In a short clip produced in the framework of the project “Support the judiciary in Serbia in the implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights”, Ms Nina Vajic, former judge and Section President of the European Court of Human Rights, stated that the improvement of communication between the appellate courts as well as between those and the Supreme Court of Cassation and the Constitutional Court is key to improve the efficient protection of human rights at the national level. The need to harmonise national case law and to improve communication between courts is not specific to Serbia and the clip should be of interest to judges throughout Europe.

To watch the video, please click here.

Kick off meeting for the distance learning course on anti-discrimination issues judges in Skopje

On 28 February 2014 a kick off meeting will be held in Skopje to launch the distance learning course on anti-discrimination issues for judges.

The meeting is organised in the framework of the HELP Programme, in cooperation with the Academy for judges and prosecutors of the "The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia".

In this event, the participants will be presented with a introduction on the HELP Programme and the e-learning course on Anti-discrimination. There will be representatives of the Council of Europe, Mr Sergey Dikman, the member of the Working Group in charge of developing the e-learning course on anti-discrimination, Ms Ivana Roagna and the Director of the Academy for Judges and Prosecutor, Ms Aneta Arnaudovska.

The agenda of the kick off meeting is available online.

Website and online Course for Magistrates on chemical precursors in drugs production

On 6-7 February a Conference regarding the organisation of an online course for Magistrates on chemical precursors in drugs production will take place in the Paris offices of the CoE under the auspices of the HELP Programme, the Pompidou Group, Eurojust and ENPSDP (European Network Prosecutors Synthetic Drugs and Precursors). It is equally envisaged to create a platform and bring together all available information in this field in order to make it accessible to prosecutors and judges. Representatives from a large number of international organisations, such as the European Commission, ENPSDP, WCO (World Customs Organisation), EUROPOL, INTERPOL and EUROJUST will be participating in the event.

Community Sanctions and Alternative Measures to Detention course for Maltese Lawyers

On January 30-31 a meeting for the distance learning course on Community Sanctions and Alternative Measures to Detention for Maltese Lawyers which is to be launched in due time took place in Malta. Following the meeting with Mr. Balzan president of the Maltese Chamber of Advocates and Ms. Fenech from the newly established Malta Law Academy the institution responsible for the continuous training of lawyers Mr Roberto Rivello, the manager of the HELP Programme, had the opportunity to meet with a large number of representatives of Maltese authorities. Among them Dr Peter Grech, Attorney General, Mr Joseph, Director General for Development and Policy Implementation, Mr. Silvio Camilleri Chief Justice and Retd Judge Joseph David Camilleri responsible for Judiciary training.

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