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27.03.2017 On March 24-26, 2017, the second Training for trainers on Strategic Judicial Protection at the Russian Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights was held

On March 24, 25, 26 the second stage of the training for trainers on Strategic Judicial Protection at the Russian Constitutional Court and international courts was held in Moscow. The event was conducted within the project Enhancing Civic Engagement in Strategic Constitutional Litigation in Russia, which is being implemented by the Institute for Law and Public Policy with the support of the European Union.

The training was a continuation of the meeting, which took place in November 2016. The participants of the training were 28 teachers and practicing lawyers from the partner cities of the Project: Voronezh, Kaliningrad, Krasnoyarsk, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, St. Petersburg.

The curriculum included both theoretical studies to develop participants' understanding of the functioning mechanism of the Russian Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights, as well as practical assignments for acquiring skills to apply to the courts.

Olga Kryazhkova, a permanent expert of the Project, told how the constitutional justice works on the basis of the 2016 practice in Russia. The participants learned what cases considered by the Russian Constitutional Court in 2016 can be called "strategic" and why. Olga Kryazhkova paid special attention to the factors that influence the selection of cases in the Constitutional Court and the specifics of the proceedings at the Russian Constitutional Court.

    

           Training by Alexander Blankenagel                                       Seminar by Grigory Vaypan

Alexander Blankenagel, professor of public law, an international expert of the Project, analyzed the problems associated with the application of fundamental rights by the Russian Constitutional Court. The lesson was focused on the interpretation of the areas of protection of specific fundamental rights, formal requirements for acts restricting fundamental rights, and the application of the principle of proportionality.

On March 25, the second day of the training, Olga Podoplelova, Senior Lawyer of the Institute, conducted theoretical and practical classes that familiarized the listeners with the criteria for the admissibility of filing a complaint with the Russian Constitutional Court, and the substantive and formal requirements for such complaints. The participants of the training learned how to determine that the consideration of the complaint is not within the competence of the Russian Constitutional Court, what mistakes in the conduct of the case may impede successful application to the Russian Constitutional Court, and how to avoid them, how to prepare a set of documents for submission to the Russian Constitutional Court.

In continuation of acquaintance with the requirements for complaints at the Russian Constitutional Court Grigory Vaypan, head of Litigation Unit at the Institute for Law and Public Policy, suggested that during the practical lesson participants should discuss and analyze the materials of the case, assess the prospects for filing a complaint with the Russian Constitutional Court, and develop the legal position of the applicant and the argumentation of the constitutional complaint . The result of the lesson was a discussion of the methodology for conducting practical classes to prepare complaints at seminars on appealing to the Russian Constitutional Court.

 

       Practical class. Work in groups                                       Class by Arkady Gutnikov

On the last day of the training, Arkady Gutnikov, an expert in programs on clinical legal education, told future trainers about the methods of teaching constitutional justice. During the theoretical and practical classes the questions relevant to the beginners were discussed, for example, how to maintain the interest of the audience during the class, how to design the program, what methods and technologies to choose, how to work with multi-level audience, and how to provide effective feedback.

The second stage of the training was completed by Olga Kryazhkova. This time the conversation was about the measures that must be taken to restore the violated constitutional rights after the decision of the Russian Constitutional Court, as well as the implementation of its decisions.

 

The third training for trainers on Appealing to the Russian Constitutional Court and international courts is scheduled for October, 2017.

Within the project Enhancing Civic Engagement in Strategic Constitutional Litigation in Russia, the Institute for Law and Public Policy conducts seminars and trainings to familiarize attorneys and lawyers with the specifics of content, reasoning, filing and sending applications to the Russian Constitutional Court (or ECHR), and legal representation at the Russian Constitutional Court and the ECHR. The project participants are regional non-profit organizations and legal clinics at leading universities (in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Voronezh, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk and Nizhny Novgorod).

 

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The Project is conducted with the support of the European Union

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