HELP: Course on the Right to Property

March 10th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

HELP has published this new free online course which can be accessed here. The course covers the Right to Property enshrined in Article 1 of Protocol No. 1 to the European Convention on Human Rights and the relevant case law of the European Court of Human Rights.

The course is available in English. National Training Institutions or Bars/Law Societies interested in developing national translations and adaptations of the course can contact the HELP Secretariat.

SAVE THE DATE: HELP Network Conference 2017

February 14th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink


The HELP Network Conference will take place on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 June 2017 (at the Council of Europe’s headquarters in Strasbourg). The theme of this year’s conference is: “HELP for Friendly Justice”. As with every year, the conference will allow for discussions among HELP members and partners on ways of enhancing training results and concrete implementation at the national level of the European Convention on Human Rights and on how to improve an effective co-operation among all national and international institutions. For more information, see Save-the-Date on HELP.

HELP – Update

January 11th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink


Last December, HELP published the 2nd edition of the e-Newsletter of the EU-CoE Programme “HELP in the 28”. The newsletter can be obtained here.

This year’s annual conference of HELP will take place on 29-20 June 2017. ‘HELP in the 28’ will also organise a European Seminar on Legal Training and Evaluation Methodology which will be held on 20-21 March 2017. More information on these events will follow as soon as available.

HELP website

HELP in the 28: Reinforcing the EU dimension of HELP

November 23rd, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

HELP has published a summary of last week’s meeting of HELP contact points:

For the second year, HELP contact points from national training institutions and bar associations from the EU met for 1.5 day in Strasbourg to (i) keep up to date with (legal) developments in priority areas for the EU, (ii) exchange best practices, and (iii) reinforce current and future cooperation among EU NTI and BA….continue to read here.


Utrecht University MOOC on Human Rights is now available at:

November 16th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

First HELP Newsletter

November 14th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

HELP (Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals) has published its first newsletter, click here.


The European Court of Human Rights – Questions & Answers for Lawyers

October 31st, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

At a recent seminar, the CCBE launched the new edition of the CCBE practical guide for lawyers acting before the Court – ‘The European Court of Human Rights – Questions & answers for lawyers’ (English version, French version). The guide is directed at lawyers intending to bring a case before the European Court of Human Rights. The Guide comprises the following sections:

(1) National proceedings prior to the submission of a case to the European Court of Human Rights

(2) Proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights

(3) Content and execution of judgments of the Court in cases of individual applications – Appeals against such judgments

(4) Practical tips on procedure when lodging an application

The Guide states, amongst others, that “Continuing education on Human Rights is fundamental for lawyers. Lawyers are strongly advised to attend training and seminars on substantive Human Rights issues, such as the ones organised by the national Bar associations and to follow developments in the Court case law. (…) command of the official languages of the Court (English and French) is very desirable to properly represent and assist a client.” The Guide also refers in this context to the information and training material provided by Council of Europe HELP Programme – Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals.

The CCBE has also developed Practice Guidances for lawyers appearing before the Court of Justice of the European Union (see CCBE website).

Utrecht University launches MOOC on Human Rights on 14 November 2016

October 27th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

See for details, the website of HELP.

New film on the European Court of Human Rights

October 18th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

Information taken from the website of the European Court of Human Rights:


A new film presenting the European Court of Human Rights has just been produced. Aimed at a wide audience, the film explains how the Court works, describes the challenges faced by it and shows the scope of its activity through examples from the case-law.

The film is currently available in French and English, but will be issued in other official languages of the member States of the Council of Europe.

Film on the ECHR

European Court of Human Rights: New Search Engine

September 6th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

Information taken from the Court’s website:

02/09/2016 – The Court has recently created a new search engine (“SOP” – State of Proceedings) which allows anyone to find out what stage has been reached in the proceedings concerning an application. It provides information on all cases that have been allocated to a judicial formation and are not anonymous. The information will be accessible two months after each procedural event. The search engine exists in English, French, Italian and Portuguese, but will shortly be available on the “Applicants” pages, in 36 official languages of the Council of Europe member States.

Search for a case