The main partners of the Project are the National training institutions and Bar associations from six beneficiaries in the Western Balkans and members of the HELP network: Albania, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia.

The main beneficiaries are legal professionals of the Western Balkans.

The main aim is to contribute to an increased protection of fundamental rights in the Western Balkans in areas such as access to justice for women, asylum, children's rights, data protection and privacy rights, prohibition of ill-treatment, procedural safeguards in criminal proceedings and victims' rights, property rights, rights of persons with disabilities, violence against women and domestic violence.

The specific objectives are:

  1. To enhance the capacity of legal professionals in the Western Balkans to apply fundamental rights standards effectively and coherently in their daily work;

  2. To strengthen the capacity of National Training Institutions (NTIs), Bar Associations (BAs) and universities to provide high quality education and training on fundamental rights.


*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence

Project information

  • Duration: 29 months (1 December 2019 – 31 December 2022)
  • Place/ country: Council of Europe Office in Belgrade
  • Budget: 893 000 €
  • Funding: Horizontal Facility II HELP in the Western Balkans, funded by the EU and the Council of Europe, implemented by the Council of Europe

Project documentation

Project news

HELP course on Violence against Women and Domestic Violence launched for lawyers in the Western Balkans

5 March 2024 Online

The HELP course on Violence against Women and Domestic Violence was launched during a regional online event in cooperation with the Bar Associations from Albania, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia. Close to 200 lawyers from the whole region will be able to...

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HELP course on Judicial Reasoning and Human Rights launched for judges in the Western Balkans

20 February 2024 Online

More than 180 judges and prosecutors from the Western Balkans, that is, from Bosnia and Hercegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro and North Macedonia, participated in the online regional event organised for the launching of the HELP course on Judicial Reasoning and Human Rights. The participants were...

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HELP in the Western Balkans 3rd Steering Committee Meeting

29 January 2024 Online

On 29 January 2024 the Council of Europe HELP (Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals) in the Western Balkans held online its Third Steering Committee Meeting. Project’s Focal and Info Points discussed the achievements and the results of the first year of the project and defined the...

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