Technical Assistance for
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Report: Mechanisms for protection of fundamental rights

Constitutional Court and European Court for Human Rights as mechanisms for protection of fundamental rights | 27-29 November 2015

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This training seminar is a follow up to the SB P2P Study Tour: Fundamental Rights and Anti-Discrimination, held in June 2015. The need for the training emerged from a realisation that in depth understanding of the mechanisms of the Constitutional Court and European Court for Human Rights are necessary for advocacy in the field of fundamental rights protection and anti-discrimination.

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The training seminar objective was for the participants to acquire knowledge and understanding about the key legal mechanisms for human rights protection, to improve their understanding about the role and mandate of the Constitutional Court and the European Court for Human Rights, to learn about the principles and the practice of these two institutions and to learn how CSOs can be involved and cooperate with these two institutions in protection of the fundamental rights.

Special focus of the training seminar were the areas of freedom of assembly, freedom of association, freedom of expression and protection from discrimination which were addressed through the case law of the Constitutional Court and the European Court for Human Rights. Examples from the judicial practice on these topics were presented by Ms. Mirjana Lazarova Trajkovska – judge of the European Court on Human Rights and Ms. Natasha Gaber Damjanovska – judge of the Constitutional Court of Macedonia.

Twenty two CSO representatives, active in the area of fundamental rights and antidiscrimination and selected by open call, participated in the training.