The project is financed by the Human Rights Trust Fund.

Duration: 1 January – 31 December 2016

Place/ country: Serbia

Budget: € 350,000

Funding: Human Rights Trust Fund

Who will benefit from the Project?

Supreme Court of Cassation, Constitutional Court, Ministry of Justice, four Appellate Courts (in Belgrade, Kragujevac, Nis and Novi Sad), Commercial Appellate Court, Judicial Academy, law faculties and society at large.

Aim of the Project

The aim of the project is to strengthen the protection of human rights in Serbia by enhancing the responsibility of national courts to embed the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in their decisions at national level.

Expected results and project activities

The project aims to:

  • reinforcing the knowledge and skills of judges, judicial associates and court advisors of all operational partner courts in relation to the application of the ECHR and the ECtHR case law in their daily work;
  • enhancing the inter-judicial dialogue on the best ways to implement the ECHR and ECtHR case law at the national level regarding specific legal issues of a repetitive nature;
  • strengthening the institutional capacity of law faculties to deliver fully-fledged education programmes on human rights to students in their final years by improving  their drafting and reasoning skills.

How will the project work (methodology)

The chosen format of communication with stakeholders - openness and consultations, and all-inclusive approach of the project will ensure continuous commitment and trigger necessary changes. That will ensure tailor-made interventions and maximise achievements ensuring at the same time project’s interventions sustainability.

The interactive trainings, peer-to-peer reviews, best practice exchanges and study visits will be combined for best results.

Human Rights Education Programme for Legal Professionals (HELP) resources and methodology will be used as well.


Based on the achievements of the project, follow-up will be discussed and agreed upon with main stakeholders. Proposed future actions will rely on the Serbian authorities key priorities as defined in the National Judicial Reform Strategy and its Action Plan and in the Action Plan for Chapter 23. 

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