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27.10.2017 The Third Training for Trainers. Training Strategies for ‘Strategic’ Lawyers: Training Trainers for Skills Development in Bringing Cases to the Russian Constitutional Court and International Courts

The third training for trainers on strategic litigation took place on October 6-8, 2017, in the Moscow Region. It was delivered as part of the “Enhancing Civic Engagement in Strategic Constitutional Litigation in Russia” project, which is being implemented by the Institute for Law and Public Policy with assistance from the European Union.

27 participants, including professors and practising lawyers, took part in the training, representing project partner organisations in Voronezh, Kaliningrad, Krasnoyarsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, St. Petersburg, and Moscow.

Participants were given comprehensive training covering exercises in bringing cases before international courts and the Russian Constitutional Court. The exercises were prepared by regional teams for different audiences (practising lawyers, defence attorneys, students). The courses will be used in future skills-building sessions throughout 2018.

The training was led by two Project experts: Maxim T. Timofeev, Associate Professor at the European Humanities University in Vilnius; and Arkady B. Gutnikov, Director of the Prince Oldenburgsky St. Petersburg Institute of Law.

The first day featured a review of programmes involving participants as trainers, organisers, or participants, and a discussion of training approaches and possible outcomes.



The second day and the third day included six practice sessions during which each team demonstrated interactive exercises from their own training courses—one team acted as trainers for 45 minutes, while others acted as trainees. Each exercise was followed by the “trainer” team’s self-evaluation and feedback from the trainers and “trainee” teams.


The third day concluded with general recommendations from the trainers and a summary of the benefits of training and the experience it brought.

As part of the Litigation Project, the Institute delivers training seminars and workshops to defence attorneys and lawyers. The seminars and workshops explain how to prepare and present cases, as well as argumentation and applications for legal representation before the Russian Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights.


This Project is implemented with EU assistance

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