Lithuanian Constitutional Court receives alumni of International Law in Advocacy program
The conference concluded the third cycle of Human Rights House Network's International Law in Advocacy program, which trains lawyers from CIS countries in the theoretical and practical aspects of international human rights law.
ILIA lawyers have followed a three-year online education program on how to apply international law in their daily practice in their own countries. They have attended regional and international conferences to complement this learning, and the conference in Vilnius concludes the formal, structured part of the learning process. These lawyers have entered an active, international network of ILIA alumni lawyers. At the conference they shared knowledge and discussed opportunities for further cooperation between alumni from different countries and partner organisations from different Human Rights Houses.
On the first day of the conference, participants were welcomed by the President of the Constitutional Court of Lithuania. They then took part in a moot court, in which they demonstrated their knowledge in the field of human rights and shared their experience with colleagues from other countries. International experts judged the moot court.
On the second day of the conference, international experts discussed how to effectively use UN and the Council of Europe human rights mechanisms in the CIS region. National experts from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine spoke on the application of these human rights mechanisms in their own countries, and representatives from the Human Rights House Network and other international organisations presented ways to overcome the challenges to implementing these mechanisms.
Participants spoke about their achievements, shared their impressions of the course, and discuss opportunities for further cooperation between alumni from different countries and partner organisations.