From 15 to 19 September in the framework of «Open courtroom» project in Nizhny Novgorod the Committee Against Torture together with the Higher School of Economics conducts advanced training courses for professional lawyers on the subject “Human rights: Russian and international standards of protection”. As you may remember, this is the second time such joint courses of human rights defenders and the higher educational institution have been held, which are financed from the state budget.
The program of the courses involves studies of theoretical issues related to standards and principles of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, as well as the issues of applying of those standards in practice in the national courts, and in the European Court of Human Rights. Leading lawyers were invited as lecturers, they have long-term experience of working in the framework of the national legal system and dealing with the complaints lodged with the European Court of Human Rights, and they also obtain modern educational techniques in relation to the declared topics.
Leader of the project «Open courtroom. Providing access to justice» Yuliya Frolova: «This year in May we already have conducted two-weeks advanced training courses in the framework of the Higher School of Economics. Taking into account this successful experience, as well as the audience commitment and the educational institution’s readiness for cooperation, a decision was taken to conduct another set of courses for lawyers of Nizhny Novgorod. The training program involves a visit of specialists from Moscow who would share with our audience their knowledge and experience in the field of human rights protection».
In July 2013 in Nizhny Novgorod a project of the Interregional NGO «Committee Against Torture» named «Open courtroom. Providing access to justice» was started.
The project is the winner of the grants contest performed by the All-Russia non-governmental movement «Civic Dignity» in accordance with the Order of the President of the Russian Federation dated September 18, 2013 No. 348-rp «On Providing State Support in 2013 of Nongovernmental Organizations Promoting Civil Society Institutes, Implementing Projects of Social Importance and Conducting Activity in the Sphere of Protection of Human and Civil Rights and Liberties».
Advanced training courses for professional lawyers on human rights issues on the basis of law and practice of the European Court of Human Rights have become one of the activities in the framework of the project. Another presidential grant also provides training courses, it has been received by the Committee Against Torture from the regional nongovernmental organization «Civil Society Problems Institute» in the framework of the project «Independent Civil Investigation of Torture».