The European Union - Council of Europe Joint Project on Strengthening the Capacity of Bar Associations and Lawyers on European Human Rights Standards organised an online kick-off meeting on 11 November 2020 to announce launching of the HELP Course on Admissibility Criteria in Applications submitted to the European Court of Human Rights.
This kick-off meeting brought 100 participants of the tutored course together and they were informed about the Council of Europe HELP Programme (Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals), practical points on Admissibility Criteria for the lawyers applying to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and national adaptation of HELP Courses.
The participants were welcomed by Mr Sergey Dikman (CoE-Programme Coordinator), Dr Necdet Basa (UTBA-Chief Advisor to the President), Ms Eva Pastrana (CoE-Head of HELP Unit) and Mr Cristian Urse (CoE-Head of Programme Office in Ankara). Ms Pastrana stated that the total number of users in the HELP Platform is 74,770 and congratulated Turkey with almost 7,700 users which makes up more than 10% of the total number of users of the Council of Europe HELP Platform.
The meeting continued with the briefing by Mr Taha Büyüktavşan (CoE-Seconded Judge, HELP Programme) on the HELP Programme and navigation through the HELP Platform. Dr Ulaş Karan (HELP Tutor) provided an overview on Admissibility Criteria and national adaptation of the HELP Course. Mr Oleksandr Ovchynnkov (Strasbourg Bar-Lawyer/ECtHR-Former Lawyer) contributed with his comprehensive presentation on practical information on Admissibility Criteria for the lawyers applying to the ECtHR.
A total of 240 lawyers have applied to this HELP course which will continue nearly for 2 months under the guidance of three HELP tutors.