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Publication of the handbook for lawyers defending Roma and Travellers

The Council of Europe's Roma and Travellers Division is delighted to announce the publication of the handbook for lawyers defending Roma and Travellers communities "Ensuring access to rights for Roma and Travellers - The role of the European Court of Human Rights".

This handbook is based on the experience gained during the training sessions for lawyers organised over the last 13 years by the Council of Europe in cooperation with the European Roma Rights Center and its practical approach makes it a useful tool for both newcomers to the Convention and for experienced practitioners alike.

The publication is available from the Secretariat (Contact: Mrs. Eleni Tsetsekou) or for download.


13th Study Session on the European Convention on Human Rights for persons providing legal assistance to Roma and Traveller Communities

The 13th study session for persons involved in providing legal assistance to Roma and Traveller communities, organised by the Council of Europe's Roma and Travellers Division and the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC), took place on 28 - 29 May 2009 in Strasbourg.

The study session provided participants with practical examples on how to use the Council of Europe Human Rights Convention in defence pleadings in favour of Roma and Traveller communities, including:

training and lectures on relevant articles and procedure of the European Convention on Human Rights
practical information on how to submit an application to the European Court of Human Rights
a moot trial exercise

The study session was led by judges and lawyers from Registry of the European Court of Human Rights, ERRC lawyers and experienced external experts and was aimed at practising lawyers defending Roma and Travellers in any Council of Europe member state.


2nd Study Session for persons providing legal assistance to Roma and Traveller Communities under the collective complaints procedure of the Revised Social Charter

The Council of Europe's Roma and Travellers Division and Department of the European Social Charter organised its 2nd study session for persons involved in providing legal assistance to Roma and Traveller communities under the collective complaints procedure of the Revised Social Charter on 19 and 20 February 2009 in Strasbourg.
 
The training provided participants with practical information on how to lodge a complaint before the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) in order to defend Roma and Traveller communitiesí social rights.

Last update: June 2009