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28.06.2016 The first Summer Constitutional Justice Workshop, held from 21 up to 26 June, 2016, is over.

Institute for Law and Public Policy & American Constitution Society for Law and Policy

US – Russia Peer-to-Peer Project "Improving Constitutional Justice through Legal Education"

Constitutional Justice Workshop
June 21-26, 2016, Moscow

The first Summer Constitutional Justice Workshop, organized by the Institute for Law and Public Policy together with the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy from 21 up to 26 June, 2016, has finished.

Leading Russian and foreign scholars and practitioners in the field of constitutional law have shared their knowledge with the Workshop participants. The intensive five-day program included a wide range of issues on constitutional judicial control and protection of constitutional rights.

The faculty of the Workshop included: Caroline Fredrickson (President of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy); Tom Sasman (Adjunct Professor at the American University’s Washington College of Law); Mark Tashnet (William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Harvard Law School); Gerald Hebert (Executive Director and Director of Litigation at the Campaign Legal Center); Daniel Smilov (Associate Professor at the University of Sofia and Recurrent Visiting Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law at the Central European University); Alexandra Troitskaya (Associate Professor at the Department of constitutional and municipal law at the Law faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University).

18 participants of the Constitutional Justice Workshop – Graduates, Master Students, Ph.D. Students of Law universities and law faculties from all over Russia (Volgograd, Kazan, Kaluga, Moscow, Samara, St. Petersburg, Perm, Chelyabinsk), were selected on a competitive basis. 

The Workshop had a research and practice-oriented character. Participants had the opportunity not only to listen to the lectures, but also to present their own legal projects. Individual projects of Workshop participants concerned different issues, in particular, prevention of environmental crimes, the fight against corruption, elimination of discrimination, juvenile justice in Russia, formation of a social services’ market, constitutional rights in the digital sphere, support for indigenous peoples, etc. All of the speakers received valuable comments from experts and other Workshop participants for further improvement of their projects.

Participants also had an opportunity to take part in a constitutional moot court on the right to privacy of telephone conversations, which was based on the European Court of Human Rights’ Judgment of 4 December 2015, the case of ‘Roman Zakharov (Roman Zakharov) against the Russian Federation’ (application number 47143 / 06).

The feedback from some of the Workshop participants:

Irina Osmankina: ‘Participation in the Workshop gave me a motivation and inspiration to engage in public law, constitutional law, human rights law. When you see highly qualified lawyers, who have achieved a lot in this area, you understand that, probably, you will be able to work successfully in this field too, that you will be able to achieve concrete results and to contribute to the development of law in the country’.

Dimitriy Mednikov: ‘Constitutional Justice Workshop has given me an insight into ​​the activities of organizations involved in the protection of constitutional rights in Russia and the United States, as well as a new knowledge about strategic litigation, including the skills of oral argument and preparing briefs’.

Pavel Romanov: ‘Constitutional Justice Workshop was inspiring for me as a practicing lawyer and it restored my faith in efficiency of human rights protection mechanisms. I believe in the “small deeds” theory : legal work in any field gives a specific result, each result is at least locally important, because the person youhelp returns back to the society and transmits the experience to others’. 

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