The aim of the Joint Project of the Council of Europe and the European Union was to develop and strengthen the skills, knowledge and capacities of lawyers and human rights defenders in application of the European Convention on Human Rights (the Convention) and the European Social Charter (Charter). In particular, the project aimed at teaching lawyers and human rights defenders to use effectively the principles and standards set out by the Convention and the Charter in their day-to-day practice in representing the interests of clients and other persons concerned before the national authorities and national courts and the European Court of Human Rights.

Project goals and objectives were achieved through the organisation of conferences, seminars and trainings in the regions of the Russian Federation, as well as the development and publication of textbooks and materials. The themes for discussions and studies during the seminars and workshops were devoted to the most frequently violated articles of the Convention (in particular Articles 3, 5, 6, 8), the analysis of which was conducted through the context of the Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination). The Project was  started in January 2013. This project is international and was implemented in six member states of the Council of Europe, namely Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Russia.

The Project was completed on 30.06.2015.