HELP Consultative Board
What they do
The HELP Consultative Board is a body appointed by the HELP Network for providing advisory support to the HELP Secretariat outside the meetings of the HELP Network and shall, in this respect:
- evaluate standard curricula and training materials developed by the HELP Programme;
- propose priority themes for future training activities to the HELP Network;
- identify an overall strategy for the co-ordination on human rights training among relevant international and national actors, including the development of regional initiatives;
- provide advice on training methodologies for legal professionals;
- co-operate with the HELP Editorial Staff (the HELP Editorial Staff is composed of experts on ECtHR case law, ECHR training, IT and web-communication expert. It is appointed by the HELP Secretariat and is responsible for planning and implementing a communication strategy for the HELP Programme and for publishing and revising news and training materials on the HELP websites);
- provide advice on other additional specific issues identified by the HELP Network and its Secretariat;
- prepare an annual report for the HELP Network.
The HELP Consultative Board co-ordinates its activities with the Secretariat of the HELP Programme.
Meetings are convened at the premises of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and are organised as follows: 7 members, 2 one-day meetings per year.
The HELP Consultative Board is a body appointed by the HELP Network for providing regular advisory support to the HELP Secretariat.
It is normally composed of six members who are appointed among the representatives of the HELP Network.
At least one representative of training institutions of each category of legal professionals (judges, prosecutors, lawyers) participating in the HELP Programme shall be part of the Consultative Board.
The composition of the Consultative Board is decided at the HELP Network’s annual Conference by secret ballot. In case an election takes place the first six candidates to gather most of the votes are elected.
The term of reference were updated in 2016 so that the term of office for the Consultative Board’s members is of two years. Except during the Transitional Period no representative shall serve more than two consecutive terms on the Consultative Board. The transitional period of the Consultative Board shall end at the end of the HELP Network's annual conference in 2018. At the election in 2018 the three longest serving members of the Consultative Board shall stand down and be ineligible for re-election in 2018.
The members of the Consultative Board may appoint among them Rapporteurs for specific themes. The Consultative Board reports on its activities at the HELP Network’s annual Conference.
This year, the new Consultative Board was elected at the 2016 Annual HELP Network Conference. The successful candidates, as our newly formed Consultative Board, are listed below.
The elections took place on the second day of the Conference by secret ballot. As of this year, the election will be rotating, in order to allow for continuity within the Consultative Board. The Board is representative of both Bar Associations (BAs) and National Training Institutions (NTIs).
Congratulations again to our new members and we look forward to future co-operation between the Board and the HELP Secretariat.
GREECE, Judge in the Court of General Jurisdiction of Thessaloniki, NTI
I am Petros Alikakos and I am working as a judge in the Court of General Jurisdiction of Thessaloniki hearing civil cases against the Greek state and some types of criminal cases (misdemeanors and felonies). For the past four years apart from being the focal point for the HELP programme for the Greek School of Judges and Prosecutors and the person responsible for the Greek website since 2012, I have also been the national tutor of the first e-learning course for judges and prosecutors for Greece in collaboration with HELP under the topic “community sanctions and alternative measures as an answer to the overcrowding of prisons”. Last year I passed the relevant exams and I also became a certified trainer of the programme. In autumn I am going to moderate the new e-learning course on labour rights for a group of about 30 Greek judges. In the few past years I had the opportunity to present the HELP programme to the Ukrainian School of Judges and the Athens Bar Association. I am following the activities of HELP since 2013 and I have since then attended all the annual conferences. In the annual conference 2015 of the HELP programme I was the Rapporteur of the working group about the ill-treatment.
I am member of the Consultative Board since 2014. Under that capacity I have had the opportunity to evaluate several courses, such as hate speech and hate crime and ill-treatment, I also had the chance to discuss the road map of the programme, to participate in the talks about the renovation of the website, and to shape the training of trainers.
In the future there is a lot to be done: There are new courses to be formulated (Business and Human Rights, Transitional Justice and Human Rights, Children’s rights and child – friendly justice) and other courses to be evaluated (data protection, labour rights, bioethics, racism-xenophobia-transphobia), we also have to discuss the certification, the update of our web site and the work on the Recommendation 2004 (4). By the end of my mandate I would like to see the programme being transformed to an Institute of Human Rights.
I believe that I am a judge deeply devoted and dedicated to the programme and in the new synthesis of the Consultative Board I will bear more responsibilities being the single judge of the Board.
For my full CV please click here
CROATIA, Attorney-at-law, BA
Dear members of the HELP Network,
I am greatly honoured to have the opportunity to present myself once again to the esteemed representatives of the national training institutions and bar associations. First I would like to thank you for your earlier confidence, enabling me to serve as a member of the HELP Consultative Board 2014/2016. I hope the achievements reported in our Annual Report justify your continued trust, as do my reasons for standing for re-election.
For those who do not know me, my name is Sandra Budimir. I am a national tutor of the HELP e-distance learning courses in Croatia, a former Focal Point in Croatia for judges and prosecutors, and certified trainer of the HELP Programme.
A practicing lawyer with my own Law Office in Zagreb, I have been a member of the Croatian Bar Association since 2006. I previously worked in the national and international law offices of DLA Piper and at the European Court of Human Rights as Croatian processing lawyer and member of the Case-Law Information and Publications Division.
I hold a law degree from the Law Faculty of the University of Zagreb and a LL.M. in European Law and European Integration from the University of Dresden (scholarship of the IRZ-Stiftung).
My main fields of expertise include the protection of human rights on national level and before the European Court of Human Rights with a focus on civil rights issues related to Articles 6 and 8 of the Convention and Article 1 of Protocol 1 to the Convention, as well as corporate, civil, property, competition and EU law issues.
My diverse professional experience, particularly while working for the HELP Programme and the Consultative Board, has helped me understand how important it is for legal professionals to have a solid education on human rights issues, thus developing, among other things, the ability to understand and correctly apply human rights standards in light of the Convention and the Court’s case law. At the same time, I have learned the practical and structural shortcomings and needs of the member states in this respect and how they can be improved.
Therefore, if elected again, my objectives in the second mandate will focus on:
advising the HELP Network on ways to strengthen the education of legal professionals in member states where participants lack motivation for this type of learning;
critically evaluating the standard curriculum and training materials developed by the HELP Programme with a view to providing participants with more for less - more substantial human rights knowledge and practical experience for less time-consuming learning methods, taking into account their need to strike a balance between continuous education and their daily work load;
proposing priority themes which frequently arise as a result of constant social, economical, political, technological and cultural changes in the member states. Focussing the education of legal professionals on priority themes will enable them to readily resolve new challenges encountered in their work;
supporting and advising the HELP Network on developing regional initiatives important for the harmonisation of regional legal issues.
In short, I am motivated to serve as a member of the HELP Consultative Board 2016/2018 with the aim of maximising the achievements of the HELP Programme.
SERBIA, Public Prosecutor’s Deputy, NTI
JASMINA KRŠTENIĆ is a certified HELP trainer and HELP Info Point for Serbia. She works as a Public Prosecutor’s Deputy in Public Prosecutor’s Office in Belgrade and Lazarevac, County of Belgrade, for more than 14 years. She also worked as an English teacher at primary school. She is entitled for Public Relations in her Public Prosecutor’s Office in Lazarevac and for the tutorial of Public Prosecutor’s Assistants in their legal practice.
She is a member of the Association of Public Prosecutors and Deputy Public Prosecutors of Serbia, the author of many scientific papers and professional articles which are published in the eminent legal reviews and presented at national and the international conferences. Her scientific and practical fields of interests are: Criminal Law, International Public Law, Human Rights, Family Law, Comparative Law. She is the winner of the diploma of the Universitas Iuris Naturalis Copaonici “Litteras Honoris” for her published scientific articles through years at the eminent international conference for legal experts known as “Kopaonik School of the Natural Law“.
She was invited and participated actively at the International Conference organized at the Institute Lomonosov Moscow, Lomonosov Moscow State University, from 04 to 08/04/2012, in Moscow, Russia, where she presented the article ’Collective Security“ in English. She has also participated at the International Conference „Criminalistics/Criminal investigation in Europe:State of the Art and Challenges for the Future“, from 22-23/09/2011., Ljubljana, Slovenia, where she presented the article „ Criminal and Psychological Aspects of Police Interview and Interrogation“ in English and at the International Conference „Days of Archibald Reiss“, 03-04/03/2011., Belgrade, Serbia, where she presented the article „The Importance of the Police right after the Crime is commited and Police Support to the Crime Victim“ in English.
She got certificates at:
Seminar „Capability of Advocacy at Trial“, Belgrade, organized by the Republic Public Prosecutor’s Office in Belgrade US Department of Justice, suggested for the trainer by the Secretar of the US Department of Justice, Office in Belgrade;
Seminar „Technics of investigation of tax frauds“, Belgrade, organized by OSCE and US Ministery of Justice;
The South-East European Summer School in Political Science, in Nis, Serbia, organized by the University of Nis, the East-West Institute and the State University of New York;
Seminar „Crime Hate“ organized by the OESCE and the Republic Public Prosecutor’s Office in Belgrade;
Seminar „Investigation of sight seen of the public transport accidents“ organized by the Judiciary Academy;
Training “Right to Legal Protection in Serbia: Implementation of the third arch of the Archus Convention”, Belgrade, organized by the Judiciary Academy and Regional Environmental Center
She is professionaly delighted with the conception, methodology and useful purpose of the HELP Programme and she likes to participate in creating HELP on-line courses and in developing methodology.
She believes that her professional experience in judiciary and prosecutorial organization from 1998 could be very helpful for the HELP and could make this real professional legal help to be the main road to the European world of legal professionals who obey the ECHR 100% in their daily work.
UNITED KINGDOM, Barrister, BA
I work as a barrister in London, and am a Governing Bencher of the Inner Temple. The focus of my practice is property law and commercial litigation. I also provide domestic pro bono assistance on human rights claims, in particular Article 2 Right to Life, and Article 9 Freedom of Thought. For over ten years I have been actively involved in education and training for my bar association, and Inn of Court, and am an accredited senior advocacy trainer.
I am the UK Info Point, and UK national trainer for the Business and Human Rights, and Data Protection and Privacy Rights courses. As a HELP Expert I have participated at high level working groups for senior judges and prosecutors in Turkey and Belarus, and in other member states have spoken at conferences promoting the professional training
in human rights, and the HELP Programme in general. I am an active participant in the HELP in the 28.
In September I am organising the launch of the Business and HR course in London, and later in the year the Data Protection course.
Along with all my colleagues on the CB I have contributed conscientiously to all our activities during my term of office. If you were kind enough to re-elect me for a final two year term my priorities will be to help the Secretariat and colleagues promote
(i) even stronger links between Info Points and Focal Points throughout all the member states;
(ii) build capacity and improvements in human rights training for judges, prosecutors and lawyers in all the member states.
In July I am presenting a paper entitled Judicial Ethics at the biennial International Legal Ethics Conference at Fordham University in the USA.
I also chair an educational trust which runs two state schools in England, and an advisory body for a charity common investment fund.
POLAND, Barrister, BA
HELP Info Point recently elected by the Polish Bar Association and the Polish National Council of Legal Advisers.
A Polish and French lawyer, Dagmara holds Master’s and PhD degrees from Aix-Marseille University and CS Wyszynski University in Poland. Her PhD thesis was written on Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights, and was published in France by the PUAM in 2015.
Former Fellow of the French Embassy, Dagmara began her career as a Lawyer in France and in Switzerland. From 2011 to 2015, she served as a Lawyer at the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights, where she produced, among others, reports on comparative and international law for the Research Division. Since 2015 she has been the Director of Business and Human Rights for the European Human Rights Association (EHRA), where she contributes to the development of capacity building tools for companies, including the creation of an online human rights resource centre for businesses.
An experienced human rights trainer for legal professionals in Poland, Moldova, Kosovo, Serbia and Montenegro, Dagmara is also a national tutor for HELP distance-learning courses and a member of a working group developing an online course in property rights.
Having authored a number of Council of Europe handbooks and publications with a focus on human rights in Poland, France, Belgium, Serbia, and Italy, Rajska has also lectures on the European Convention on Human Rights at UNESCO and Belgrade University.
A member of the International Association of Constitutional Law, the French Association of Constitutional Law and the France-Poland Association, Dagmara has been a long-time promoter of Polish-French Cooperation.
In 2015, Dagmara received the “Rising Star” prize, awarded by Wolters Kluwer and the DGP in recognition of her ability to combine her professional career with legal research, pro bono work and social engagement.
Her in-depth knowledge of ECHR case law and training methodology and her practical and academic experience would be a significant contribution to the HELP Program activities.
TURKEY, Deputy Secretary General Union of Turkish Bar Associations (UTBA), BA
I was born in 1979 in Ankara, Turkey. I have graduated from Ankara Faculty of Law in 2002 and I am a registered lawyer since 2003. I have a master’s degree on Human Rights. I am currently a PhD candidate on Human Rights. I have studied in Italy during my master’s. I am working on Human Rights related issues as a lawyer, as an activist and also as an academician for many years. I have studied about the philosophical foundations of human rights and ethics. I am the founder chairperson of the Ankara Bar’s Ethics Commission. I am a member of Turkish Philosophical Society, founder and member of the board of Kucuradi Foundation for Philosophy and Human Rights.
I was the president of the student club “Science and Utopia” when I was in Faculty of Law and worked actively to protect human rights, rule of law and secularity. I had been taken under police custody several times, and had been tried for my activities to protect the secular education system of Turkey. After the graduation I worked as a solo practitioner defense attorney, also as a trainer for ECHR and ECtHR for lawyers and trainee lawyers in Ankara Bar Association, the Union of Turkish Bar Associations and in several projects including Council of Europe projects.
After 6 years of private practice, I started to work for the Union of Turkish Bar Associations (UTBA). Following my term in UTBA, I worked in Council of Europe, Baskent University Faculty of Law and UNDP as a senior expert. Currently I am employed in the UTBA as Deputy Secretary General.
I have presented many papers on human rights issues in several national and international meetings; including Frankfurt, Beijing, London, Cracow, and Zagreb. I have 6 published papers on Human Rights, legal education and legal profession and 2 published book chapters, 4 published books on Human Rights and 2 published books on legal profession. I am the editor of 11 books. (Please check https://hacettepe.academia.edu/MusaToprak for my resumé, certificates, and volunteer work)
I am involved with HELP since 2012. I have worked as a focal point until 2014. Since then I’ve been working as an info point. I had been the moderator of the Introduction to ECHR course and I am now the moderator of the Asylum and ECHR course. I am a nominee to the Consultative Board because I believe the HELP Programme can contribute to our legal society in Turkey. Turkish lawyers have to fight against the government’s actions to defend European values; human rights, democracy and the rule of law and secularity. As the Deputy Secretary General of the UTBA, it is part of my daily work to contribute to the efforts of my colleagues.
I believe, beside my experience, both on theory and in practice of human rights, my background will help to have a diverse Board. I also would like to stress on behalf of Turkish lawyers; we need solidarity from all our colleagues across Europe in our efforts to protect human rights, democracy and the rule of law.
The Consultative Board who served as members between June 2014 and June 2016 were:
- Petros Alikakos, NTI, Greece
- Grzegorz Borkowski, NTI, Poland
- Sandra Budimir, BA, Croatia
- Simon O'Toole, BA, UK
- Beatrice Ramascanu, NTI, Romania
- Jolanta Samuolyte, BA, Lithuania
- Pier Giovanni Traversa, BA, Italy
The activities of the Board can be seen in the Reports published below. The HELP Secretariat extend their thanks to the previous Board members for all their hard work and for their invaluable contribution to HELP's success during their mandate.
You will find here the activity reports of the HELP Consultative Board published in:
- June 2014