On 13 December 2018, a double kick-off event took place in Vilnius, for the launching of two HELP online courses:
The HELP course on Data Protection and Privacy Rights was launched for a group of 45 participants including judges and lawyers, on the initiative and in close cooperation with the National Courts’ Administration (NCA). The course will be co-tutored by Jolanta Samuolyte, HELP Info Point and national tutor, and Liudvika Meskauskaite, HELP national tutor. The course will be implemented until March 2019. This is the third Lithuanian edition of the Data Protection and Privacy Rights course.
On the same day, the HELP course on Admissibility criteria in applications submitted to the European Court of Human Rights was launched for a group of Lithuanian lawyers, in cooperation with the Lithuanian Bar Association. The course will be co-tutored by Egle Kybartiene and Jolanta Samuolyte, HELP national tutors, and will be implemented for a group of 30 lawyers.
The joint launching event was opened by Reda Molienė, Director of National Courts Administration and Mindaugas Kukaitis, vice-president of the Lithuanian Bar Association. Following a presentation on the HELP Programme, the participants were split into two groups. They attended presentations from Kamilė Michailoskyte, lawyer at the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights, and Raimondas Andrijauskas, Director of the State Data Protection Inspectorate. The participants were then provided practical information on the courses’ implementation, as well as on the navigation of the HELP platform, by their respective tutors.
This event follows the launching of the HELP course on Introduction to the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights, which took place on 9 November 2018, in cooperation with the NCA and the Bar Association. The course will be implemented until the end of 2019.
The two events come as new activities in the line of the existing excellent cooperation with the NCA and the Bar Association. The three courses launched in Lithuania are some of the most demanded HELP courses. Following the successful completion of the pilot courses on Introduction to the European Court of Human Rights and to the European Convention on Human Rights and on Admissibility criteria; those courses will become publicly available on the HELP online platform. The course on Data Protection and Privacy Rights is already publicly available in Lithuanian.
Photo of participants from the HELP courses launched in Lithuania. © Council of Europe