Human rights courses for practicing lawyers have opened in Nizhny Novgorod


19 September 2011

Yesterday the Committee Against Torture together with the Chair of the European and International Law of the Legal School of the Nizhny Novgorod State University named after Lobachevsky opened two-week further-training courses for practicing lawyers. The courses will focus on key standards of international and European human rights protection.  

Among students there are prosecutorial workers, defense lawyers, judicial officials and workers of the Nizhny Novgorod Regional Penitentiary Service Administration. The students will learn about international standards in the sphere of protection of human rights and freedoms which the Russian Federation has undertaken to observe, about basic mechanisms of monitoring human rights observance at the universal and regional levels, as well as about tendencies and problems of regulating the legal status of individuals at the international level. Emphasis will be put on the interpretation of the European Convention of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and its place in the legal system of the Russian Federation.   

Besides general disciplines, there will be a number of specialized disciplines on the scope and implementation of specific rights guaranteed by the European Convention of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

The courses are designed to combine the theory and practice of human rights standards implementation illustrated by examples from the case law of international treaty bodies and Russian case law. The courses consist of 76 academic hours, 70 of them are allocated for lectures, and 6 – for practice. The given training time will allow the students to master the basics of modern human rights law, as well as related aspects of international and European law.

The course will be taught by specialists of the Committee Against Torture and university staff. Upon completion of the course students will receive state approved further-training certificates.

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