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03.04.2018 On March 30-31, 2018 a seminar "A Complaint to the Russian Constitutional Court: Opportunities, Risks, Prospects" was held in Nizhny Novgorod

On March 30-31, 2018 a seminar A Complaint to the Russian Constitutional Court: Opportunities, Risks, Prospects was held in Nizhny Novgorod. .

A two-day seminar was attended by 30 people, including 21 lawyers, 8 practicing NGOs lawyers and 1 employee of the Office of the Ombudsman for the Yaroslavl Region. The participants represented 5 subjects of the Russian Federation, namely Nizhny Novgorod, Ulyanovsk, Vladimir, Yaroslavl and Samara regions.

The classes were conducted by constitutional lawyers who have successful practical experience in applying to the Russian Constitutional Court Grigory Vaypan, head of Litigation Unit of the Institute for Law and Public Policy, and Olga Podoplelova, senior lawyer of the Institute.


Seminar hosts - Olga Podoplelova and Grigory Vaypan

The program was developed taking into account the latest changes introduced to the Federal Constitutional Law On the Russian Constitutional Court. Particular attention was paid to practical issues of appeal to the Constitutional Court.

The participants of the seminar have received answers to the following questions:

  • In what cases is the mechanism of constitutional justice effective to protect the rights of citizens and their associations?
  • What are the criteria for the admissibility of the complaint, and how to determine the prospects for applying to the Constitutional Court in a particular case?
  • What is the procedure for considering the complaint in the Constitutional Court?
  • What is the specificity of certain types of constitutional complaints (challenging the uncertainty of the rule of law, challenging the norm in its law enforcement context, etc.)?
  • What are the means and methods of proving in the constitutional litigation, and how to argue the violation of constitutional rights?
  • How are the decisions of the Constitutional Court implemented and how can its legal positions be used to protect the rights of citizens?

The participants have received a certificate.



Practical classes and work in groups


The event was held by the Institute for Law and Public Policy within the Project Enhancing Civic Engagement in Strategic Constitutional Litigation in Russia.


«It is very good that such a seminar took place in our city. I have long wanted to learn about how to properly prepare and file a complaint with the Constitutional Court, because when working with certain appeals coming to our organization, such questions arise.

The seminar was very informative and productive. All materials were submitted in an accessible form. It is important that in addition to the theory, there were many practical exercises that allowed to consolidate the acquired knowledge. The lecturers are very professional. It is felt that they have a rich experience of interaction with the Constitutional Court.

In the future, I'm planning to use this knowledge in my work. Undoubtedly,  will help me to better assess the prospects of various cases relating to systemic problems with the realization of the rights of people with disabilities from the point of view of their resolution at the Constitutional Court, and possibly also in the preparation of complaints to the Constitutional Court».

Dmitry Balykin, Nizhny Novgorod Regional Public Organization of Disabled People Invatur, practicing lawyer

«All the work was organized competently, the topics of the lecturers were disclosed interestingly, and most importantly, an algorithm for preparing and filing a complaint to the Russian Constitutional Court was submitted».

Marina Romanova, Law firm of the Moscow District of Nizhny Novgorod, attorney

«Highly qualified and accessible presentations, vivid example used for practical purposes, as well as qualified comments and very necessary practical advice have been given on each topic».

Rosa Lyubimova, Nizhny Novgorod Regional Public Organization for Support of Children and Youth Veras, practicing lawyer

«An excellent seminar, relevant and necessary for any lawyer and attorney. It is interesting both for lawyers without experience and "communication with the Russian Constitutional Court", and to raise knowledge».

Alexey Nesterov, Law firm No. 22 Civil Compensation of the Nizhny Novgorod Regional Bar Association, attorney

«The seminar was held at the highest professional level. The program of the seminar is prepared perfectly and allows to get a lot of experience of additional knowledge on the topic for a short time».

Ekaterina Saldaeva, Attorney's Office of Saldaeva, lawyer


The seminar is conducted with the support from the European Union

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