Project : Strengthening the capacity of lawyers and human rights defenders for domestic application of the European Convention of Human Rights and the European Social Charter

Support to Human Rights National Implementation

Title Strengthening the capacity of lawyers and human rights defenders for domestic application of the European Convention of Human Rights and the European Social Charter
Project area Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Russian Federation, Ukraine
Budget EUR 1 960 000
Funding provided by Council of Europe (50%) and European Union (50%)
Partners Bar associations, human rights NGOs
Project team The project is managed from Strasbourg, France, but Project staff works from each of the countries involved.
Duration : 30 months, January 2013 - June 2015
 

Objectives activities and working methods::

The overall objective of the Project is to develop national capacities for effective human rights protection by increasing lawyers’ knowledge and skills on anti-discrimination aspects under the ECHR and the RESC and admissibility criteria before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).

The specific objectives are :

  • To enable lawyers and human rights defenders in the partner countries to successfully litigate cases based on the ECHR and on the RESC (where applicable), in proceedings before national courts, as well as before the ECtHR in the case of well-substantiated claims;
  • To avoid submission to the ECtHR of manifestly ill-founded or inadmissible claims.

The Project is implemented in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Russian Federation and Ukraine.

A total of nearly 200 legal professionals are trained to become national trainers on the ECHR and the RESC with special emphasis on anti-discrimination. These professionals are then expected to pass on this knowledge among thousands of their peers through cascade training sessions. Cascade training sessions have started already in all countries of the Project.

The Project makes full use of the European Programme for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) and its tools including distance learning courses. A new HELP Course on Anti-Discrimination is created in the national languages of the countries involved in the Project. The HELP platform also serves as an interactive reference source for the training participants.

The Project also works to strengthen regional networks and co-operation between the Project’s participants through HELP, as well as through regional conferences, where project participants are expected to share best practices and litigation experiences. The Project’s steering committee meetings also serve as a forum for fostering regional synergy and cooperation.