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International research and practical conference «Information Technologies and Law»

VI International research and practical conference «Information Technologies and Law» was held on May 17, 2018 in Minsk in the National Library of Belarus. The conference was organized by the National Center of Legal Information of the Republic of Belarus.

The work of the conference was divided into four sections, each of which was devoted to the certain topic: the current state and development prospects of legal informatization and e-government, topical issues of the development of justice informatization and judgment execution, the current state and development prospects of informatization of advocacy and notarial activities, topical issues of development of centers of access to the legislation at the present stage.

Mr Sergey Dikman, specialist of the Unit for Support of Human Rights at the National Level of the Directorate General for Human Rights and the Rule of Law of the Council of Europe made an intervention within the framework of the first section “The current state and development prospects of legal informatization and e-government”. His report was devoted to the Council of Europe experience in using information technologies in legal education. Mr Dikman noted that his presence at this conference is another step towards strengthening cooperation between the Council of Europe and the National Center of Legal Information. Presentation of HELP program, the human rights training program for representatives of legal professions created by the Directorate General for Human Rights was the central part of the report. When the program was only launched in 2011, it was designed exclusively for the training of judges, prosecutors and lawyers, at the present moment it is also used by law enforcement officers, frontier services, medical workers and journalists. The program constitutes an Internet site where anyone can create an account and, thus, gain access to educational materials. The key partners of the HELP program are advocatory associations and advanced training institutions for judges and prosecutors, as well as universities. The largest project that exists today is “HELP 28”, which covers the countries of the European Union. Two key regions for cooperation within the framework of the program are Turkey and the Western Balkans, the Eastern Partnership countries and the Russian Federation. What concerns presence of HELP program in Belarus, active cooperation has been carried out for several years with the Institute for retraining and qualification upgrading of judges, prosecutors and legal professionals at the Belarusian State University.

Olexandra Sytnik, expert of the Department of Justice and Cooperation on Legal Issues of the Directorate General for Human Rights and the Rule of Law made a report on the topic “Activities of the Council of Europe in the field of introducing information technologies in courts and bodies providing legal assistance” within the framework of the second section “The topical issues of the development of justice informatization and judgment execution”.

Additional information about the conference is available on the website: http://conf2018.pravo.by/

The full video version of the conference can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRBICqzLRYQ