Over 30 lawyers and trainee lawyers from Poland met online on 26 November 2020 for a seminar on data protection and the launch of the HELP course, organised at the initiative of the Warsaw Bar Council.
The participants got familiarised with the Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) Programme of the Council of Europe and its e-learning platform containing 36 online courses.
The Seminar started with opening speeches from Anna Mazurczak and Miroslaw Wroblewski, HELP Info Points for Poland as well as Kamil Szmid, member of the Warsaw Bar Council.
Paweł Litwiński, advocate specialising in data protection, gave a presentation on data protection and privacy rights in the EU, followed by Sophie Kwasny, Head of the Data Protection Unit at the Council of Europe, who presented the work of the CoE on data protection and privacy rights, focusing on main features of Convention 108+.
Ana-Maria Telbis, coordinator of the EU-CoE project “HELP in the EU II” presented the HELP Programme and methodology, the “HELP in the EU II” project and the HELP online course on Data Protection and Privacy Rights, which has been recently updated in 2019 to incorporate the developments at both Council of Europe and European Union level, with the modernisation of the Convention 108 and the application of the GDPR, as well as the case law of the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union.
The participants were introduced to the HELP national tutor who will accompany the group in the implementation of the course for the following months, namely Miroslaw Wroblewski. The participants also had the possibility to share their expectations from the course and showed high motivation to contribute to the exchange of ideas and opinions on the online course page opened for them. The participants who successfully complete the course will receive HELP certificates issued by the Council of Europe.
The updated version of the HELP course on Data Protection and Privacy Rights is available, in English, as well as in French, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak and Spanish, to any legal professional interested in the topic, in the self-learning part of the HELP online platform.