Council of Europe launches free online training course on European Convention on Human Rights

The Council of Europe has launched an updated version of its free online five-hour interactive training course “Introduction to the European Convention on Human Rights”, which aimed at legal professionals, public authorities, civil society and students.

The updated course is part of the Council of Europe’s extensive HELP programme of Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals. It contains modules on the European Convention on Human Rights, the European Court of Human Rights and – for the first time – the execution of judgments from the Strasbourg court.

An initial version of the course was developed in 2016 and is available in 17 different languages, including Russian. The updated course is now available in English, with several other language versions due to be released in the coming months.

It has so far been followed by over 5,700 professionals and has also been included in training curricula at judiciary schools in various countries including Spain and the Republic of Moldova.

These courses are particularly relevant in the light of the Council of Europe Secretary General’s statements that Europe has the strongest system of international human rights protection anywhere in the world, thanks to the European Convention on Human Rights, and in order to fulfil the potential of this system it is necessary to have highly skilled lawyers, judges, government officials, NGOs and other professionals across Europe, who understand how the ECHR works.

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