Launch of a new online course on child-friendly justice for the Bar Association of North Macedonia

More than 100 lawyers from North Macedonia have signed up for a new HELP (Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals) online course on child-friendly justice.

The course was launched with the support of the joint actions of the European Union and the Council of Europe “Supporting better access to free and better quality legal aid services in North Macedonia” and “HELP in the Balkans West”, in cooperation with North Macedonia. Bar.

Faced with justice, children are thrown into an intimidating adult world that they do not understand. It is therefore necessary to ensure that access to justice and the processes within it are always child-friendly. In line with the 2012 Brighton Declaration, it is important to ensure that professionals working within the competent authorities of Council of Europe member states have a thorough and professional knowledge of the European Court of Human Rights and its jurisprudence on child-friendly justice. .

The objective of the course is to help relevant professionals to obtain a comprehensive overview of European standards concerning juvenile justice. This would contribute to a more successful and consistent application of European standards in their daily work.

The course was translated and adapted into the Macedonian language in 2020 and has already been successfully implemented in cooperation with the Bar Association on four occasions in 2020 and 2021. The success of the first series of courses has generated interest and the need to launch a new course on child-friendly justice with the Bar Association of North Macedonia.

During the launch event, participants received the necessary information on the technical aspects of online training on child-friendly justice through the HELP platform. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will obtain certificates which will also be used to formally certify lawyers to handle cases involving children under the Juvenile Justice Act.

The implementation of the HELP online course on child-friendly justice is a joint activity of the actions “Supporting better access to free and better quality legal aid services in North Macedonia” and “HELP in the Western Balkans” in the framework of the European Union and Joint Program of the Council of Europe “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2019-2020”.

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