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Council of Europe Office in Georgia

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26.09.13
Council of Europe trains Georgian lawyers and human rights defenders on European Convention on Human Rights and the Revised European Social Charter

27 September, Tbilisi, Georgia - the Council of Europe starts a series of training of trainers (ToT) sessions for Georgian lawyers and human rights defenders focusing on the application of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and of the Revised European Social Charter (RESC).  Training seminars will particularly highlight anti-discrimination standards. The four-day ToT session is the first in a series of three sessions, which take place at the training premises of the Georgian Bar Association in Tbilisi.  

Twenty lawyers and human rights defenders were selected to take part in the ToT, following a thorough competition.  These professionals will comprise the pool of twenty trainers, equipped them with specific expertise on anti-discrimination law. Following a final test at the end of the three TOT sessions, the participants will be expected to deliver the obtained knowledge to a bigger group of lawyers and human rights defenders and train them in applying human rights and, specifically, anti-discrimination standards in Georgian cases. This will also improve the ability of Georgian lawyers and human rights defenders to send well-founded applications to the European Court of Human Rights, when appropriate.

“It has always been a top priority for the Council of Europe to help raise the professionalism and qualifications of the institutions of our Member States and to assist them in complying with European standards. Today it is high time to boost the capacity of the legal profession in Georgia. This would be reflected in the quality of applications sent to the European Court of Human Rights by Georgian human rights lawyers” said the head of the Council of Europe Office in Georgia, Ms. Caterina Bolognese . Chairman of the Georgian Bar Association Mr. Zaza Khatiashvili welcomed the new project of the Council of Europe and the European Union and highlighted that “its implementation would contribute to raising the awareness and qualification of the Georgian advocates with regards to the European Convention of Human Rights, which is extremely important for the future development of the Georgian bar Association”. 

The activity is organised in the framework of the Council of Europe and European Union Joint Programme “Strengthening the capacity of lawyers and human rights defenders for domestic application of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and of the Revised European Social Charter (RESC)”, a regional Project running in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Russian Federation and Ukraine

 

 

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