16 February 2006, Thursday

2nd Training Workshop on ECtHR Litigation

On March 24-26, 2006, the Stitching Russian Justice Initiative hosted the second seminar on 'Litigation before the European Court of Human Rights'. The seminar was held in Nazran, Ingushetia.

The seminar was the second in a series of educational programs organised by the Russian Justice Initiative aimed at capacity-building among lawyers from the North Caucasus. The goal of these educational seminars is to provide information on the European Convention for Human Rights and practical training on how to bring a case to the European Court of Human Rights. In each seminar the participants and experts from the Russian Justice Initiative discuss the practical application of the knowledge acquired, study real cases involving the European Convention and their successful outcomes alongside with analyses of applications lodged with the European Court of Human Rights by the participants in cooperation with Russian Justice Initiative lawyers.

The seminar was attended by lawyers and human rights defenders from several republics of the North Caucasus: Chechnya, Ingushetia, Kabardino-Balkariya, Karachaevo-Cherkessia and North Ossetia. The participants were selected on a competitive basis and who are involved in criminal law practice and interested in bringing cases before the European Court.

The first day of the program included lectures and trainings on the history of the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights, the preparation of an application to the European Court, procedures of the Court and the issues of admissibility of application (Article 35 of the European Convention). On the second day the attendees were exposed to the in-depth study of particular rights provided for by the Art.2 of the Convention (right to life) and Art.3 (prohibition of torture). On the last day the participants had a chance to prepare and submit their arguments on behalf of the applicant, Governmnt representatives and the ECHR judges as part of role playing at the moot European Court of Human Rights.

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