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08 April 2020

Activity Details (ID# 17075)  

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Title Pilot cascade training seminars on European human rights standards (for managerial staff) from Kosovo 
Description 1 Council of Europe expert, 30 participants from Kosovo 
Status Completed 
Date 04/02/2008 
Location -, Kosovo*
Countries CoE Members: Albania / Bosnia and Herzegovina / Montenegro / Serbia / ''the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia''
Others: Kosovo*
Groups: Multilateral
  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 – Rule of Law
Line of Action ⇒ II.3 – Strengthening the security of European citizens
Programme ☆ II.3.2  European standards for crime control
Project 2008/DGHL/1418 Targeted support for national prison systems
Expected Result 2 Management and operational staff in prisons are able to use European standards in their daily work, in particular the ECHR, EPR and the findings of the CPT.

Working Method

Training Course 
Directorate (Service) Human Rights and Legal Affairs (Cooperation - Legal and Human Rights Capacity Building Department)
CoE Contact RAKUSIC-HADZIC, Tanja   email
Last Modified 11/04/2008 

Activity Synopsis (ID# 17075) (Hide Synopsis)

Objective(s) The objective was to disseminate knowledge on relevant European standards with a view to developing the skills of the prison staff, both management and operational, and in the process to assess and if needed reinforce the performance of the pool of the national trainers trained under the Project. 
Output/Results The expected added valued of the cascade seminars were confirmed in the training sessions held by national trainers. The pilot cascade seminars have the advantage of enabling direct communication between peers, without interpretation or language barriers. This facilitates the rapport but only works optimally if the trainers in question are fully confident and convincing in their role as trainers and are thus accepted by the trainees as a source of authoritative information and someone who represents a credible set of professional values and standards.

In the course of the training session, a similar interactive mode was used as in the ToT. Participants were familiarised with the ECHR and its case-law, as well as the CPT standards and the working methods of the CPT when carrying out country visits. Materials available in the local language were distributed in sufficient numbers to the trainees. 
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 25 participants from Kosovo trained by national trainers previously trained on European human rights standards under the Project. 
Consultants/Experts Mr Eric Svanidze 
CoE Secretariat Elira Kokona 
Total No. Participants 25 
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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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