The Project “HELP in Russia” was developed to  support  the Russian Federation in implementing the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the European Social Charter (ESC) at national level, mainly by means of training activities for legal professionals’ community which includes judges, prosecutors, lawyers and academics.

The Project was designed on the basis and under the umbrella of the European Programme for Human Right Education of Legal Professionals (the HELP Programme) which covers national training institutions (NTIs) for judges, prosecutors and lawyers in all 47 member States.

Like its parent, the Project has two principal operative limbs: methodological and material. The first mentioned is about modern techniques and tools which have been used in teaching and training of professional lawyers. The second limb aims at enhancing the capacities in application of principles and standards of the ECHR.

In Russia the Project started in March 2015 and will continue until December 2018. The official partner of the Project is the Russian State University of Justice. The Project also collaborates with national authorities and some non-governmental organisations, in particular the Ministry of Justice, Office of the General Prosecutor of the Russian Federation, the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation, the Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Government of the Russian Federation and the Federal Chamber of Advocates of the Russian Federation.  

The Project’s main activities include carrying out the learning activities and developing and/or adapting of specific law courses which will be put at disposal of NTIs responsible for initial and continuous training of legal professionals.

The network of legal professionals which has been fostered by the HELP Programme and HELP in Russia Project became a valuable forum at the national and international level where NTIs and lawyers can share their ideas, good practices and knowledge. By organising regularly meetings, the Council of Europe allows the partners to discuss training needs of legal professionals in 47 Member States, raise the respective standards and coordinate their human rights training initiatives.

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