The European Programme for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals in the 28 European Union Member States (HELP in the 28) supports legal professionals from the EU in acquiring the knowledge and skills on how to refer to the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (the Charter), the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the European Social Charter (ESC). Furthermore, they will get familiar with the European jurisprudence. It also reinforces the HELP Network of National Institutions (NTI) and Bar Associations (BA) in the EU.

Under this programme, four new courses are developed, based on EU priorities: Data protection and privacy rights; Fight against racism, xenophobia and homophobia; Labour rights; and Right to the integrity of the person (bioethics). The courses are then adjusted to the national legal systems and languages before being piloted in -at least- 13 EU MS. Following this, the courses are transferred to the self-learning part of the free HELP e-platform.

The HELP in the 28 Programme budget is about €1.6 million, mainly funded by the European Union (Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers). HELP in the 28 is implemented by the Council of Europe and benefits from the strong commitment of the current Associate Partners, particularly EU NTIs, BAs and the European Judicial Training Network.

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