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Protecting the fundamental rights of Roma and Sinti according to the European standards

The Council of Europe and the Human Rights Centre of the University of Padua have organised a Training Course for the Italian Lawyers committed to the protection of Roma and Sinti's human rights.

The supporting group to the Special representative of the Secretary General for Roma Issues has organised, in collaboration with the Interdepartmental Centre on Human Rights and the Rights of Peoples of the University of Padua, a professional training session for those Italian lawyers interested in the protection of Roma and Sinti's human rights vis a vis domestic jurisdiction. The course is held in Venice (at the new Council of Europe's office) on 13 and 14 October 2011.

The aim of the training session is strengthening participating lawyers' knowledge and expertise in Roma and Sinti's rights, by presenting pertinent norms and providing practical examples regarding their usage vis a vis national courts.

The training course includes:

  • An overview of pertinent legal prescriptions elaborated by the Council of Europe (European Convention of Human Rights, Revised European Social Charter, Resolutions, Recommendations, Opinions, Reports by the Organisation's bodies), with further reference to pertinent European Union's Law.
  • Identification of the problems faced by Roma and Sinti;
  • Case studies and practical exercises.

The training session is carried out by external experts, academics from the Human Rights Centre of the University of Padua and Council of Europe's officers.

The working language is Italian.