Defence Rights at the European Court of Human Rights

Defence Rights at the European Court of Human Rights

Planned   December 2017

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This intensive one-week Specialisation Course is intended for national lawyers, in-house counsel and international legal practitioners who defend clients in national and international jurisdictions on the basis of legal principles derived from the European Convention for Human Rights, and the European Court of Human Rights’ jurisprudence. 

The Course provides participants with a solid foundation for understanding when and how the European Convention on Human Rights applies in their cases, and consequently for the preparation and submission of complaints before the Court.  With frequent reference to caselaw and relevant national jurisdictions’ decisions, the Course will primarily concentrate on the different procedures under the Convention, namely its:

(a) individual complaint procedure;

(b) advisory jurisdiction;

(c) pilot judgment procedure; and,

(d) the execution of judgments within the scope of the Convention. 

Through case studies, the Course introduces the basic principles and methods of interpretation applied by the European Court of Human Rights.

The Course comprises several modules: (1) the system of protection established by the European Convention of Human Rights, and the defence rights proclaimed by the Convention; (2) the various proceedings in front of the European Court of Human Rights; (3) individual complaints and the protection of rights in the administrative law field; (4) individual complaints and the protection of rights in the criminal law field; (5) individual complaints and the protection of rights in the civil law field; (6) the access to open sources and databases related to the Convention and the Court’s jurisprudence; and, (7) the effects of the Court decisions on domestic jurisdictions and the execution of sentences.

The participants will be guided in the process of making an application in front of the Court, with daily sessions dedicated to this practical exercise.

The Course will tackle the following general topics:

  • Human Rights in the Space of Application of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms
  • The Convention and the Member States
  • The Role of the European Court of Human Rights as Guarantor of the Respect of the Convention by the Member States
  • The Organization of the Court
  • Procedures in Front of the Court
  • Defence Counsel in Front of the Court
  • The Impact and Relevance of the Court’s Jurisprudence
  • Defence Rights in the Proceedings in Front of the European Court of Human Rights

The Course will deepen participant’s knowledge and understanding of the following key procedural issues:

  • Admissibility Criterion 1: Procedural Grounds for Inadmissibility.
  • Admissibility Criterion 2: Grounds for Inadmissibility Relating to the Court’s Jurisdiction.
  • Admissibility Criterion 3: Inadmissibility Based on the Merits.
  • Interim Measures.
  • Defence Counsel and the Protection of Rights in the Administrative Law Field.
  • Defence Counsel and the Protection of Rights in the Criminal Law Field.
  • Defence Counsel and the Protection of Rights in the Civil Law Field.

 

Language of the course
The Course will be presented in English and so a high level of proficiency in English is required.

 

Registration Fee

  • Early Bird Registration Fee: 1.400 euros up until 2 months before the Course begins
  • Standard Registration Fee: 1.800 euros in the last 2 months prior to the Course


Application procedure and deadline:

  • Registration must be done online.
  • Registration will be limited to 100 positions.
  • Acceptance into the course will be on a “first come, first served” basis.
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