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Using Constitutional and International Justice Mechanisms to Strengthen Human Rights Capabilities of the Russian Advokatura

The Russian advokatura (bar) is a significant independent force across the landscape of Russian human rights actors. However, the work of the bar members is often under pressure of repressive laws and practices that decrease the effectiveness of legal assistance provided by them. The repressive practices include, in particular, seizures of confidential case files in the course of searches of attorneys and at attorneys’ offices; restricted access of attorneys to penitentiary facilities; serious limitations on the exercise of fair trial rights in cases implicating state secrets and etc.

In order to draw attention to the existing problems and to work out a problem solving strategy the Institute for Law and Public Policy has developed a pilot project that will be implemented until the middle of 2018. The Institute’s team with the active participation of the representatives of the Russian Bar carries out activities in four key areas:

Assisting the bar members in preparing and submitting applications to the Russian Constitutional Court (hereinafter – RCC) and (or) the European Court of Human Rghts (hereinafter – ECtHR).in cases concerning restrictions of and interferences with their professional activities

Оur lawyers provide legal advice on potential risks and benefits of filing an application with the RCC, ECHR and other international bodies in cases concerning restrictions of and interferences with professional activities of lawyers.

You may read about the procedure of sending a request for consultation here.

Conducting seminars for bar members – human right defenders on different aspects of judicial protection of professional rights of lawyers

A seminar «Strategic Judicial Protection of Attorneys' Rights to Receive and Disseminate Information». March 24, 2018, Moscow. Announcement.

A seminar «Strategic Judicial Protection of Advocates Secrets». March 23, 2018, Moscow. Announcement.

A roundtable «Strategic Judicial Protection of Professional Rights of Attorneys». December 18, 2017. Moscow. Post-release.

Systematization of case law of the RCC and the ECHR

Lawyers and experts of the Institute systematize legal positions of the ECHR and the RCC to create a database of case law and to publish it in the compendium. The Institute’s lawyers and experts carry out 150 reviews of ECHR’s judgments complementing the already existing database. Every two months the database of reviews is updated.

The public announcement of the database is expected in September 2018.

Conducting webinars and publication of expert materials

A webinar on the ECHR’s Grand Chamber Judgment in the case of Merabishvili v. Georgia dated November 28, 2017. March 27, 2018. 

A webinar entitled «The professional rights of attorneys in the case law of the Russian Constitutional Court». February 20, 2018. Post-release. Video (in Russian).

A webinar entitled «The professional rights of attorneys in the case law of the European Court of Human Rights». January 23, 2018. Post-release. Video (in Russian).


Within the framework of the Project the following materials have been prepared:

Review of the ECHR’s case law concerning the professional rights of attorneys (in Russian);

Review of the RCC’s case law concerning the professional rights of attorneys (in Russian);

Russian translation of the ECHR’s Factsheet - Legal Professional Privilege. January 2018;

Public announcement of translated ECHR’s Factsheet on legal professional privilege in «Advokatskaya gazeta» (in Russian).

Commentary of the Institute’s lawyer on the ECHR’s case law concerning legal professional privilege in «Advokatskaya gazeta» (in Russian).

Commentary of the Institute’s lawyer on the case for drafting a European convention on the profession of lawyer in «Advokatskaya gazeta». (in Russian).


The Projest is implemented with the support from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Russia

 

 
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