The main partners of the Project are EU national training institutions and bar associations, with the Spanish Bar Association as key partner.

The main beneficiaries are lawyers, judges and prosecutors from EU countries.

The main aim is to contribute to an increased protection of fundamental rights and rule of law in the EU member states in areas such as fundamental rights and rule of law,  including children’s rights, ethics for judges, prosecutors and lawyers, family law, international cooperation in criminal matters, procedural safeguards in criminal proceedings and victims’ rights etc.

The specific objectives are:

  1. To enhance EU legal professionals’ capacities to effectively and coherently apply European fundamental rights standards at the national level and through cross-border training, mainly referring to the EU Charter on Fundamental Rights (the Charter), the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), the (revised) European Social Charter (ESC) and other relevant EU and Council of Europe law.
  2. To strengthen the HELP (Human Rights Education for Legal professionals) Network of Judicial Training Institutions and Bar Associations in the EU and increase mutual trust between EU practitioners.

Project information

  • Duration: 30 months (1 March 2022 – 31 August 2024)
  • Place/ country: European Union
  • Budget: 1 389 448.50 €
  • Funding: Joint Programme, funded by the EU and the Council of Europe, implemented by the Council of Europe

Project documentation

Courses developed/updated under the Project
Project news

EU-ECHR Interplay: Council of Europe HELP course launched for judges and prosecutors from Slovenia and Italy

11 April 2024 Ljubljana, Slovenia

On 11 April 2024 sixty judges and prosecutors from Slovenia and Italy attended the launch of the Council of Europe HELP course on Introduction to Human Rights Protection in Europe – the Interplay between the ECHR and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. The event was held at the Faculty of Law...

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EU-Council of Europe seminar for representatives of national training institutions for judges, prosecutors and lawyers

29 February 2024 Strasbourg, France

On 29 February and 1 March 2024, the Council of Europe HELP Programme organised its biennial Seminar of HELP EU Contact Points. The event, themed "Rethinking Human Rights Training in EU Member States," was organised in the framework of the EU-CoE ‘HELP in the EU III’ Project and convened HELP...

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Child-friendly Justice: EU-Council of Europe HELP course for Italian and Portuguese judges and prosecutors

26 February 2024 Lisbon, Portugal

On 26 February 2024, over 65 Italian and Portuguese legal professionals attended the launch of the Council of Europe HELP course on Child-friendly Justice This course was created in 2017 and updated in 2023, in the framework of the EU-CoE “HELP in the EU III” Project, funded under the European...

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