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22.02.2017 The seminar The Complaint to the Russian Constitutional Court: Opportunities, Risks and Prospects was held on February 20-21, 2017 in Novosibirsk

The seminar The Complaint to the Russian Constitutional Court: Opportunities, Risks and Prospects was held on February 20-21, 2017 in Novosibirsk. The event was organized by the Institute for Law and Public Policy in partnership with the Foundation for the Development of Mass Communications and Legal Education Tak-tak-tak within the project Enhancing Civic Engagement in Strategic Constitutional Litigation in Russia.

The seminar was attended by 39 participants from 7 cities of the five Russian regions (Novosibirsk Region, Kemerovo Region, Altai Territory, Tomsk Region, and Omsk Region). Among them were lawyers (23), practitioners (12), and the representatives from the education sector (4).

The theoretical and practical training was conducted in interactive mode by the specialists in Constitutional Justice, Grigory Vaypan, head of Litigation Unit at the Institute for Law and Public Policy, and Olga Podoplelova, Senior lawyer of the Institute.

    

The seminar participants are doing practical tasks 

Over the 16 seminar academic hours the participants got the answers to the following questions:

  • What cases can the mechanism of constitutional justice be effective in to protect civil rights and associations?
  • What are the criteria for the admissibility of complaints and how to determine the appeal prospects of filing a particular case to the Constitutional Court?
  • What is the complaint procedure at the Constitutional Court?
  • What are the specifics of certain types of constitutional complaints (challenging the uncertainty of legal norms, challenging the norms in the context of its litigation etc.)?
  • What are the tools and techniques of proof used in constitutional litigation and how to argue a violation of constitutional rights?
  • How to carry out the decisions of the Constitutional Court and how to use its legal positions to protect civil rights?

During the seminar the participants got an idea not only about the specifics of the appeal to the Russian Constitutional Court and the main features of the conduct of the case in the Constitutional Court but they also were able to ask questions and get advice on preparing complaints.                

 

Communication between the trainers and the audience

Olga Podoplelova (third from left to right) and Grygory Vaypan (rightmost) with the seminar participants                                      

 

 

 

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The seminar is conducted with support of the European Union

 

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