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

October 31st, 2016 § 0 comments

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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).

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