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19.04.2017 On April 14-15, 2017 the seminar The Complaint to the Russian Constitutional Court: Opportunities, Risks and Prospects was held in Saint Petersburg

On April 14-15, 2017 the seminar An Appeal to the Russian Constitutional Court: Opportunities, Risks and Prospects was held in Saint Petersburg. 

The event was organized by the Institute for Law and Public Policy in partnership with Human Rights Organization Soldiers’ Mothers of Saint-Petersburg withing the project Enhancing Civic Engagement in Strategic Constitutional Litigation in Russia.

The seminar was attended by 24 specialists: practicing lawyers (12), attorneys (8), students of law faculties (2), and a representative of  the Human Rights Ombudsman Office in St. Petersburg.

Grigory Vaypan, head of Legal Unit of the Institute for Law and Public Policy, and Olga Podoplelova, Senior Lawyer of the Institute, conducted theoretical and practical exercises in an interactive mode.

Over the 16 academic hours the participants received the answers to the following questions:

  • What cases can the mechanism of constitutional justice be effective in to protect civil rights and associations?
  • What are the criteria for the admissibility of complaints and how to determine the appeal prospects of filing a particular case to the Constitutional Court?
  • What is the complaint procedure at the Constitutional Court?
  • What are the specifics of certain types of constitutional complaints (challenging the uncertainty of legal norms, challenging the norms in the context of its litigation etc.)?
  • What are the tools and techniques of proof used in constitutional litigation and how to argue a violation of constitutional rights?
  • How to carry out the decisions of the Constitutional Court and how to use its legal positions to protect civil rights?


In the course of the seminar, the participants were given the opportunity not only to learn about the specific nature of the application to the Russian Constitutional Court and the main features of the case in the Constitutional Court, but they were also able to ask the questions and receive advice on the preparation of complaints.

Find the information about upcoming seminars on the website of the Institute and its official page on Facebook


The seminar is conducted with support from the European Union

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