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Training for Russian lawyers on the application of the European Convention of Human Rights standards

January 1995 - January 1995

Citizens’ Watch, in collaboration with the International Bar of St. Petersburg, has launched a project aimed at broadening the knowledge of practicing Russian lawyers about the European Convention of Human Rights. A series of training seminars has been organised for the lawyers of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region, who will later arrange training courses for the members of their respective bars and professional associations. Leading Russian human rights lawyers, legal experts and a judge of the European Court of Human Rights have been invited as key speakers and lecturers. The project is funded by Consulate-General of Germany in St. Petersburg

Background

Courts in the Russian Federation very rarely refer  to the norms of the European Convention on Human Rights in their judgments. Most of the time, they consider cases only within the limits of the arguments laid out by each of the respective parties. If a party does not allude to international legal standards set out by the European Court of Human Rights, then the judges will not consider the dispute in accordance with human rights standards in the course of the proceedings. It is therefore extremely important that lawyers, representing the interests of the parties in legal cases, have a good understanding of human rights standards and the work of the European Court of Human Rights.

The working group includes representatives of the most active professional lawyers associations in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region.

Target group – Twenty-five lawyers from St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region, responsible for the organisation of training programs for lawyers.

The results of the project will be promoted by publishing a brochure of recommendations for lawyers on the application of human rights standards in their practice.

Project events

  • 10 June 2010. First seminar “Human rights standards warranted by ECHR Article 6”
  • 9 September 2010. Second seminar “Human rights standards warranted by Article 10”
  • 30 October 2010. Third seminar “Human rights standards warranted by Article 5”
  • 9 December 2010. Closing conference. Presentation of the project outcomes and the brochure on the application of human rights standards for practicing lawyers


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