A methodological workshop for HELP trainers

Professional training for judges, prosecutors and law students is the priority of the Council of Europe and the basis for the strategy of effective implementation of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms on the national level. Organization’s aims include supporting academic programmes in the Council of Europe member-states as well as developing cooperation among national educational establishments responsible for judges and prosecutors’ training.

The European Programme for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (programme HELP) has become the main platform in this sphere. The programme offers modern methods of training judges, prosecutors and lawyers with an aim of guaranteeing effective application of the European Convention and the European Court of Human Rights’ jurisprudence in their daily work. One of the ways of achieving this aim lies in including the necessary academic materials in the basic and advanced training courses for lawyers, working in the sphere of human rights. HELP’s network includes representatives of national educational establishments of 47 Council of Europe member-states.

A methodological workshop for HELP trainers was held in Minsk on 23-24 February 2017 at the Faculty of international relations of Belarusian State University. The participants included the academics from the Faculty of international relations and the Faculty of law of Belarusian State University. The workshop sought to present the HELP programme and study the possibility of its inclusion into the educational process. The event consisted of several sessions where particular aspects of students’ and specialists’ training were analyzed. The participants were also introduced to the structure of HELP courses and the ways of using the “Moodle” platform. The workshop also provided an opportunity of working in groups with a view to discussing problematic issues in the domain of distance learning.