New Council of Europe Handbook on Freedom of Expression

21/07/2017 Strasbourg, France

The CoE Handbook on Protecting the right to freedom of expression under the European Convention on Human Rights for legal practitioners has just been published. The handbook is the perfect complement of the free online HELP course on Human Rights and Business available at the HELP e-learning...

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CoE Human Rights National Implementation Division's 2016 Annual Report

headline 20/07/2017 Strasbourg, France

The Council of Europe Division’s 2016 Highlights is available online. The report outlines the main achievements in the course of last year in the areas of case law harmonisation, criminal justice reform, support to effective judicial remedies and to national human rights institutions. Capacity...

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2017 HELP Network Conference: "HELP for Friendly Justice"

19-20/06/2017 Strasbourg, France

The annual HELP Network Conference took place on 19-20 June and was entitled “HELP for Friendly justice”, gathering over 130 participants representing training institutions for judges and prosecutors and Bar associations. The Conference of the Council of Europe Programme on Human Rights Education...

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HELP/ODHIR course on Hate Crime launched in Montenegro

02/06/2017 Podgorica, Montenegro

In cooperation with the Judicial Training Center, the HELP/ODHIR course on hate crime as combined with the HELP course on hate speech were launched for a selected group of Montenegrin judges, prosecutors and Ombudsperson Office staff. After a general introduction to the HELP Programme,...

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HELP Course on Alternatives to Detention Kick off in Serbia

22/05/2017 Niš, Serbia

On 22 May 2017, the kick-off meeting for the launch of the HELP course on Community sanctions and alternative measures to detention as one answer to prison overcrowing was organised in co-operation with the Appellate Court of Niš. The event is the first one targeting legal professionals from the...

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Second HELP course on Admissibility criteria for Montenegrin lawyers

12-13/05/2017 Budva, Montenegro

In the framework of the EU/CoE Horizontal Facility Action “Fighting ill-treatment and impunity and enhancing the application of the ECtHR case-law on national level”, the second training seminar on the implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) at national level:...

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Free online HELP course on Fight against racism, xenophobia and homophobia/transphobia

17/05/2017 Strasbourg, France

Today, the Council of Europe Programme HELP joins the marking of 17 May, the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT). To contribute to the fight against homophobia and transphobia, HELP developed the free online interactive course on Fight against racism,...

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First launch of the HELP course Business and Human Rights for Serbian judges

headline 10/05/2017 Belgrade, Serbia

In co-operation with the Commercial Appellate Court in Belgrade, the kick-off meeting for the launch of the HELP course on Business and Human Rights was organised on 10 May 2017 in the framework of the HELP in the Western Balkans and Turkey project. The event was attended by judges and judicial...

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Spanish School of Judges launches HELP/UNHCR course on ECHR and Asylum

03/05/2017 Barcelona, Spain

The Spanish School of Justice co-organised the launching of the HELP/UNHCR course on the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and asylum on 3 May 2017 for a group of mainly judges and prosecutors but also lawyers. Most of the participants deal with asylum and migrant cases, and many of them...

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HELP courses on Pre-trial investigation and Admissibility criteria launched in Moldova

26/04/2017 Chisinau, Moldova

The kick-off meeting for the launch of the HELP course on Pre-trial investigation in the light of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) took place at the premises of the National Institute of Justice in Chisinau on 26 April 2017. The event was organized within the framework of the...

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Second HELP/UNHCR course on Asylum and the ECHR in Serbia

14/04/2017 Belgrade, Serbia

On 12 April 2017, the kick-off meeting for the launch of the second HELP/UNHCR course on Asylum and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) took place at the premises of the Law Faculty in the framework of the HELP in the Western Balkans and Turkey project. The event was attended by almost...

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HELP presented at the European Parliament

12/04/2017 Brussels, Belgium

The European Parliament’s Committees on Legal Affairs (JURI) and on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affaires (LIBE) invited the HELP Secretariat to a workshop devoted to the training of judges and legal practitioners. The hearing was an opportunity to present good practices that have been...

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Paving the way ahead for HELP action in the EU: European Seminar on Legal Training and Evaluation

20/03/2017 Strasbourg, France

More than 100 judges, prosecutors, lawyers and experts gathered in Strasbourg on 20-21 March to exchange views on ‘Legal/Human Rights Training and Evaluation Methodology’. Most of the participants were members of the EU HELP network (National Training Institutions and Bar Associations and their...

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HELP Admissibility Criteria Course launched in Serbia

25/03/2017 Belgrade, Serbia

Enhancing the capacity of Serbian lawyers to lodge applications before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR): HELP kick-off meeting In the framework of the HELP in the Western Balkans and Turkey project, the course on Admissibility criteria in applications submitted to the European Court of...

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Training seminar for lawyers on the implementation of the ECHR in Montenegro

17-18/03/2017 Podgorica, Montenegro

Montenegro is faced with the constant increase of constitutional appeals before the Constitutional Court and individual applications before the ECtHR against Montenegro, followed by the increased percentage of those which are declared manifestly ill-founded or otherwise inadmissible. Over the...

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Now Available: HELP course on Labour Rights

headline 22/02/2017 Strasbourg, France

Developed thanks to a joint EU-Council of Europe Programme, the ‘HELP’ free on-line course on Labour Rights gives you the opportunity to explore key aspects of labour rights. This course will offer you a comprehensive curriculum covering the key concepts, the legal framework of the Council of...

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Launch of the HELP course on Hate Speech and Hate Crime in Bosnia and Herzegovina

8-9/03/2017 Banja Luka & Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Within the framework of the Action “Strengthening the Human Rights Ombudsman to fight discrimination” and the joint programme between the European Union and the Council of Europe “Horizontal Facility for Western Balkans and Turkey”, the Council of Europe launched its distance-learning course on...

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First Regional Launch of the HELP course on Property Rights for judges of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia

07/03/2017 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The newly launched course on Property Rights was launched on 7 March 2017 in Sarajevo for a group of judges from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia. The meeting was organised in cooperation with the Judicial and Prosecutorial Training Centre of the Federation of BiH and the Judicial...

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Now Available: Free online HELP course on the Right to Property

09/03/2017 Strasbourg, France

Property Rights are everywhere and it has become common place to see States interfere with these rights. However, not all interferences are a breach of the right to property, which is enshrined in Article 1 of Protocol No. 1 to the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) and which is as...

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First Regional HELP Training-of-Trainers (ToT) session in Serbia

2-3/03/2017 Belgrade, Serbia

The regional HELP Training-of-Trainers (ToT) session was organised for the first time in Serbia on 2-3 March in Belgrade. The event was organised in close co-operation with the Judicial Academy of Serbia Participants in the ToT were 42 from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Slovakia and “the former...

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