The OSCE Mission to Moldova organized a training event on the European Court of Human Rights for 25 lawyers, civil society representatives and journalists from Transdniestria from 27 to 29 July 2012.
The training course was led by experienced legal experts from the right bank, and covered all aspects of the application process, admissibility criteria, European Court case law relevant to Transdniestria, the organization and budget of the Court, and use of the Court’s online resources.
Participants also participated in group work which required the completion of a European Court application based on hypothetical cases.
“We had a great training event, and I am convinced that participants received the knowledge necessary to carry their human rights work to the international level, if they choose. This was a also a good opportunity to examine and discuss European case law and standards in human rights protection with their colleagues from the left bank, and how these can be applied in the local context,” said Jacqueline Carpenter, Senior Human Rights Adviser at the OSCE Mission to Moldova.
The course was organized in response to requests from Transdniestrian lawyers and civil society for comprehensive and practical training with respect to engagement with the European Court, and will be followed by a study visit to Strasbourg for the three participants with the best responses to a post-training legal and journalistic exercise. Representatives from the Ombudsman’s Office and the Bureau for Reintegration also participated in the training course.