In two consecutive events held in Zagreb last week, two Council of Europe HELP courses were launched for a total of 80 legal professionals.
On 28 October 2019, a kick-off event for the HELP course on Admissibility criteria in applications submitted to the European Court of Human Rights was organised in cooperation with the Croatian Bar Association.
At the course launching event, the President of the Croatian Bar Association Josip Šurjak greeted the course participants, stressing the importance of knowledge and education for the profession of lawyers.
Following the presentation of the HELP Programme and the brief introduction to the course on Admissibility criteria by Ana Medarska-Lazova, HELP Project Officer, Council of Europe, the participants could benefit from two content presentations of big practical value.
Nataša Belamarić, HELP national tutor, Constitutional Court advisor and former lawyer at the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights, analysed in her presentation the admissibility criterion of exhaustion of domestic remedies before lodging an application to the European Court of Human Rights, in the light of the Croatian legal system.
Ines Bojić, HELP Info Point for Croatia and experienced lawyer in proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights, provided practical advice for lawyers on the process of preparation and lodging of applications with the ECtHR, as well as on the compliance with the Rule 47 of the Rules of the European Court of Human Rights on the content of an individual application to the European Court of Human Rights.
The course will be implemented for a group of 40 lawyers, in the following two months. It will be tutored by Nataša Belamarić.
This is the second HELP course launched in cooperation with the Croatian Bar Association, following the implementation of the course on Introduction to the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights. It is planned to be followed by a second edition of the Admissibility criteria course, to be launched in February 2020.
On 29 October 2019, the Council of Europe HELP course on Introduction to the ECHR and the ECtHR was launched for a group of 40 judicial trainees, in cooperation with and at the premises of the Croatian Judicial Academy. The course is an obligatory part of the initial training programme of the Judicial Academy for this group of young legal professionals. This course will also be implemented until the end of 2019 and will be tutored by Iva Ivanišević-Mostovac, judge and experienced HELP national tutor.
The launching event was opened by Dijana Mandić, Head of the Continuous Judicial Training Department of the Judicial Academy, who stressed the benefits of an e-learning training approach for legal professionals.
Štefica Stažnik, the Agent of the Government of the Republic of Croatia before the European Court of Human Rights, presented the position of the European Convention on Human Rights in the Croatian legal system and stressed the importance of the effective domestic implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights through the work of the national legal professionals. She also provided an overview of the available resources on the European Convention on Human Rights in the national language developed by the Office of the Governmental Agent.
Following the HELP presentation by Ana Medarska-Lazova, the participants were introduced to the schedule and other practical aspects of the course implementation and were enrolled to the HELP online platform and the course by the national tutor, Iva Ivanisevic-Mostovac.
This is the second HELP course launched in cooperation with the Croatian Judicial Academy, following the three successful Croatian editions of the course on Fight Against Racism, Xenophobia, Homophobia and Transphobia.
Launch of the Council of Europe HELP course on Introduction to the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights with the Judicial Academy of Crotia. © Council of Europe