December 4th, 2015 § § permalink
‘HELP in the 28’ meeting
‘HELP in the 28’ annual meeting, 6 November 2015: The meeting – which brought together the HELP Focal Points (National Training Institutions) and Info Points (Bars/Law Societies) – examined the implementation of the HELP Programme in the EU countries and discussed perspectives for future cooperation with National Training Institutions and Bar Associations in the framework of the project. This year’s meeting focused on a number of topical matters, relating to new courses which are currently being developed, such as Fight against Racism, Xenophobia, Homophobia and Transphobia; Labour Rights; Data Protection and privacy rights; Right to the Integrity of a Person (bioethics). For more information, please follow this link.
November 17th, 2015 § § permalink
HELP recently published a video on admissibility criteria of the European Court of Human Rights and the HELP Programme. The 15-minute video gives a detailed overview of the admissibility criteria of the Strasbourg Court to give judges, lawyers and other legal professionals, as well as civil society actors and other interested parties practical information on the procedure used to bring a claim before the Court.
The video is available with subtitles in 14 different languages: English, French, Albanian, Armenian, Croatian, Czech, German, Italian, Lithuanian, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Ukrainian. It is accompanied by background documents on the relevant case-law of the Court, which are available here.
The video provides a useful and informative introduction for the self and distance learning courses offered on the HELP e-learning platform. It can be used as a training tool on the national level, as well as being supplemented by the extensive Admissibility Guide produced by the Court.
Further information can also be downloaded from the HELP website.
October 16th, 2015 § § permalink
The European Programme for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals, HELP, is aimed at supporting the Council of Europe member states in implementing the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) at the national level. CCBE is a partner of HELP.
HELP recently published a video which provides a 5-minute introduction to HELP.
The HELP website provides free on-line access to materials and tools for professional training on the ECHR. More recently, HELP made available, for instance, on its website self-study e-learning courses on Admissibility criteria in applications submitted before the European Court of Human Rights; on Asylum and the ECHR; on Introduction to ECHR. HELP has also been publishing Glossaries which are intended to guide legal professionals in using the correct terminology when they make Convention-based arguments in national proceedings, and to help legal professionals to correctly understand when reading judgments in English.
HELP organises yearly conferences for representatives of the HELP Network – the Network brings together representatives from National Training Institutions for Judges and Prosecutors and Bar Associations of the 47 member states of the Council of Europe. The conferences provide a forum for discussions on ways of enhancing training results and concrete implementation of the Convention at the national level and on how to improve an effective co-operation among all national and international institutions.
The PECO Blog will provide from now on regular information on major events of HELP in PECO countries and relevant publications.