Fergus Randolph QC and David Scannell – EU Traininig Tirana
Judicial Training Activities
The Foundation has prepared training modules for two-day and one-day judicial training seminars on ECHR law, EU law and judicial conduct. After successful pilot projects in Tirana, Moscow and St Petersburg these modules are now available for replication on a wider basis. In this work the Foundation has worked in partnership with the Judicial College, the Bar Council’s International Division and the Human Rights Lawyers’ Association. It also prepared a training video on judicial conduct issues, which is currently available in Albanian and English (and with Russian sub-titles).
In Albania the Foundation has delivered a two-day seminar in four successive years to judges at the Magistrates’ School in Tirana on issues of EU law and practice. A British judge at the European Court in Luxembourg, four practising English QCs and a junior barrister have taken part, all of whom have great practical experience in the topic.
In addition to a two-day general introduction to ECHR law, the Foundation piloted a one-day seminar in Tirana on discrimination law, covering equality in human rights law, gender-stereotyping and discrimination in employment, the indefinite detention of non-nationals, domestic violence and access to education.
The Foundation has collaborated with the Supreme Commercial Court of the Russian Federation in training conferences on commercial law and practice in Moscow, St Petersburg, Tyumen and Ekaterinburg since March 2012. A retired appellate judge, two retired Commercial Court Judges, a commercial QC and a deputy Commercial Court Judge have participated in these seminars.
The Foundation also delivered back-to-back one day seminars in Moscow and St Petersburg in March 2012 to judges/prosecutors and defence advocates on issues relating to jury trial. A retired circuit judge of great experience and two QCs took part in this project.
In Ukraine the Foundation delivered three one-day seminars to judges and staff of the Supreme Court of Ukraine on issues of English court practice and ECHR law on which they wished to acquire greater knowledge. Two rehired appellate judges, a senior QC and a senior academic took part. The Foundation then helped to host a study visit to London by judges of that court.