The Council of Europe HELP course Key human rights principles in biomedicine was launched in online events for two groups of legal and health professionals in Greece and Poland.
On 24 September 2020, the course was launched in Greece in cooperation with the Greek National School of Judiciary, for a group of 32 participants, both legal and health professionals.
The online event was opened by Petros Alikakos, HELP representative for Greece on the behalf of the School of Judiciary, by Stamatia Garanis-Papadatos, Member of the Council of Europe Committee on Bioethics, and by Laurence Lwoff, Head of the Bioethics Unit of the Council of Europe.
Following the introduction to the HELP Programme by Ana Medarska-Lazova, Deputy-head of HELP Unit, Katrin Uerpmann, Deputy-secretary to the Council of Europe Committee on Bioethics, introduced the participants to the Council of Europe standards in the area of human rights and biomedicine.
Petros Alikakos provided an overview of HELP actions in Greece. Theodoros Trokanas, HELP national tutor, presented the current challenges in the area of bioethics in Greece.
The course will be tutored by Petros Alikakos and Theodoros Trokanas.
On 25 September 2020, the Polish version of the course was launched for a mixed group of 33 participants, including lawyers of the Bar Association of Attorneys at Law and the Bar Council, as well as health professionals.
Participants were greeted by Magdalena Witkowska, Chairperson of the Human Rights Committee, Bar Association of Attorneys at Law, and Artur Pietryka, Vice Chairperson of the Human Rights Committee, Bar Council.
Participants were then introduced to the key principles of the Council of Europe Oviedo Convention and its additional protocols as well as the HELP Programme, by
Katrin Uerpmann and Ana Medarska-Lazova, respectively.
Anna Mazurczak, HELP representative from the Bar Council, presented how the HELP Programme functions and how Polish lawyers can benefit from it. This was followed by a presentation on key challenges in the field of human rights and biomedicine in Poland by Miroslaw Wroblewski, HELP Info Point and Deputy chairperson of the Human Rights Committee, Bar Association of Attorneys at Law.
Julia Kapelanska Pregowska, HELP national tutor who will be moderating this online course for the participants, presented the practical aspects of the course implementation.
Both course editions will be implemented online until the end of 2020, when successful participants will be certified jointly by the national partner institutions and the Council of Europe.
The HELP course Key human rights principles in biomedicine became available on the HELP online platform in September 2018 and you can now follow-it in English and French as well as in Armenian, German, Italian, Latvian, Romanian, Russian, Spanish and Ukrainian. After the piloting in Greece and Poland, both these language versions will also become publicly available on the HELP online platform.