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06 April 2020

Activity Details (ID# 17073)  

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Title Pilot cascade training seminars on European human rights standards (for managerial staff) from Serbia 
Description 1 Council of Europe expert, 30 participants from Serbia 
Status Completed 
Date 17/12/2007 - 18/12/2007 
Location Serbia
Countries CoE Members: Albania / Bosnia and Herzegovina / Croatia / Montenegro / Serbia / ''the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia''
Others: Kosovo*
  Joint Programme Activity - SEE-PrisonRef
Joint Programme EC/CoE
JP SEE-PrisonRef - CARDS - Development of a reliable and functioning Prison system respecting fundamental rights and standards and enhancing of regional co-operation in the Western Balkans    (Logframe)  (Activities)
Project Purpose 3 - 2007/DGHL/JP/1719   SEE-PrisonRef - Develop training programmes
Expected Result 3.1 - Prison management and operational staff’s professionalism is strengthened by improving their knowledge on European human rights standards, in particular the ECtHR and its case law and the standards of the CPT, as well as their skills in using these in their daily work.
Council of Europe Programme of Activities
I – Human Rights
Line of Action ⇒ I.3 – Human Rights in public policy
Programme ☆ I.3.2  Human Rights awareness and training
Project 2004/DGHL/67 Human rights training for professional groups
Expected Result 1 Judges, prosecutors, lawyers + law enforcement officials in the capitals and regions of the beneficiary states are able to use European human rights standards, in particular the ECHR, in their daily work

Working Method

Training Course 
Directorate Human Rights and Legal Affairs 
CoE Contact RAKUSIC-HADZIC, Tanja   email
Last Modified 24/04/2008 

Activity Synopsis (ID# 17073) (Hide Synopsis)

Objective(s) The objective of the seminar was to disseminate knowledge on relevant European standards with a view to developing the skills of the prison management and operational staff and in the process to assess and reinforce the performance of the pool of national trainers trained under the Project.

Output/Results The expected advantages of the cascade seminars were confirmed in the training sessions held. The pilot cascade seminars avoid language barriers and include a colleague-to-colleague approach. In the course of the training session, a similar interactive mode as in the ToT was used, participants were familiarised with the ECHR and its case-law, and the CPT standards and the working methods of the CPT when carrying out country visits. The discussion was quite hesitant at the beginning possibly due to presence of a short term expert and her position within the Serbian judiciary (the president of the Supreme Court of Serbia), but once the participants realised that her role in this event was to facilitate their work, they relaxed and the discussion started to be very topical and it became clear that the trainees and national trainers had grasped the essence of the human rights standards in prisons. It should be noted that the particular short-term expert was trained within one of the first CoE human rights ToT sessions for judges in Serbia and has continued to be a driving force in human rights training for judges. This synergy between two training programmes was very successful.
The profile of the short term expert made it possible to discuss human rights issues based on real examples from Serbian prisons’ daily life.
Conclusions/Follow Up The local trainers trained should maintain the skills acquired over the past year through updates, such as annual refresher training by the Council of Europe. 
Participants The seminar targeted 20 participants from Serbia trained by national trainers who were previously trained on European human rights standards within the Project 
Consultants/Experts Ms Vida Skero 
CoE Secretariat Vladan Joksimovic
Aleksandar Stojanovic 
Total No. Participants 21 
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  * All reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.  
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