The 2014 annual Conference of the European Programme for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (the HELP Programme) will take place on 16-17 June in Strasbourg.
The HELP Network, a peer-to-peer European Human Rights Training Network entrusted with the implementation of paragraph 9.vi of the 2012 Brighton Declaration, is composed of representatives from National Training Institutions for Judges and Prosecutors and Bar Associations of the 47 member states of the Council of Europe. EJTN, as well as the main international associations of judges, prosecutors and lawyers (CCBE, FBE, IAJ, etc - see below) are partners of the Network.
The Conference provides every year a forum for discussions among all members and partners on ways of enhancing training results and concrete implementation at the national level of the European Convention on Human Rights and on how to improve an effective co-operation among all national and international institutions.
This year the conference will be focused on “From good training to good judgments. Methodologies, challenges and perspectives”. It is organised under the CoE Chairmanship of Azerbaijan.
During the conference the election of the six members of the HELP Consultative Board will take place.
Finally, the annual Network Conference constitutes also an important occasion to discuss bi-laterally the co-operation between the Council of Europe HELP Programme and its partner institutions.
Conceived as workshops, three working groups will discuss various aspects regarding human rights training methodology, co-operation among international organisations on capacity development to improve the implementation of the ECHR, obstacles to practical application of human rights knowledge, co-operation with national institutions in view of assessing the longer-term impact of human rights training on the work of legal professionals, HELP methodology for distance and blended human rights learning, etc. Participants are invited to log in to the webpage dedicated to the organisation of the Network Conference on the HELP Moodle platform, in order to select the Working group they wish to attend.
The working languages of the conference will be English, French and Russian.