Session 1 of “Supporting Human Rights Cases through Legal Education” training

On November 26-27, 2011 “Center for Strategic Litigations” HR NGO conducted a two-day training entitled “Human Rights Protection within the framework of Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights”. The training was organized for advocates, practicing lawyers and Law students of Lori region, within the framework of “Supporting Human Rights Cases through Legal Education” project, supported by the US EmbassyPublic Affairs Section and the USAAA.

The aim of the training was enriching the skills of advocates and the lawyers regarding European Court of Human Rights and to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. 24 advocates and lawyers had a chance to share their experience and obtain new knowledge regarding European mechanisms of human rights protection through having discussions about concrete cases.

During the training a movie illustrating the European Court of Human Rights was presented. Within the frames of the project the specialists of the organization will provide with practical assistance to advocates for preparing the cases litigated in national courts in order to submit to the European Court of Human Rights.

Main values

While fulfilling its mission, CSL HR NGO adheres to the following moral values:

Sticking to principles
Is observed in commitment and adherence to the adopted ideology

Is observed in commitment to the guiding principle of causing no harm and to the honest-minded approach in achieving the set goals

Suggests a sequence of logical and interrelated actions in all initiatives of the organization.

Democracy is seen both as one of the principles and guiding values of the organization’s activity. In the capacity of a value, democracy in Armenia and growth of establishments assisting to its development are given much importance by the organization. Where democracy is seen as a principle, the organization signifies diversity of opinions and respects freedom of speech.

Active participation of stake-holders in decision making and process of implementation is ensured.

Suggests openness of the organization to the public. Transparency is the guiding principle for CSL HR NGO in implementing projects or any type of activity.

Who we are

The “Center for Strategic Litigations” (CSL) human rights non-governmental organization is a non-profit, non-governmental, independent organization, which was registered by the Central Body of State Register of the Ministry of Justice of RA in accordance with the “Law about the non-governmental organizations”. The CSL head office is located in Vanadzor, Lori region, Armenia.

The “Center for Strategic Litigations” (CSL) is a voluntary union of human rights advocates, specialists and defenders, who accept the values adopted by CSL, and are ready to contribute their efforts and forces for the sake of human rights protection. Furthermore, those united should be willing to spread human rights values and accomplish the mission of the organization.

Our Mission

To support Armenia in the formation of legal system rooted in the rule-of-law principle through strategic litigation.

Our Objectives

  • To unite the efforts and the contributions of the members and supporters of the organization and to direct it toward Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in the Republic of Armenia.
  • To promote the development and the improvement of the judiciary system through strategic litigations in the Republic of Armenia.
  • To contribute to the creation of new mechanisms for the human rights protection through strategic litigations.
  • To apply the case law of the European Court of Human Rights in the national courts through strategic litigations.
  • To promote the development and improvement of advocate institute in the Republic of Armenia through strategic litigations.
  • To build trust towards the profession of the advocate.
  • To improve the quality of legal education.
  • To support the peace building process in the South Caucasus through strategic litigations.
  • To promote the development of effective social means for human rights protection and fundamental freedoms.
  • To raise legal awareness and legal consciousness of the youth.
  • To raise legal awareness and legal culture through non formal education.
  • To contribute to the development of human rights education.
  • To establish a human rights library.
  • To promote provision of pro bono legal aid.
  • To organize advocacy campaigns through activating lawyers.
  • To participate in the development of national and international human rights programs.
  • To establish collaboration between Armenian and regional and international human rights institutions.
  • To initiate legislative changes and to present them to the legislative and executive branches in the Republic of Armenia.
  • To organize international exchanges for human rights lawyers.
  • To conduct trail monitoring.
  • To develop and submit Amicus Curie to courts.