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Seminar on The right to participate effectively in criminal proceedings - European Convention on Human Rights and Montenegrin legislation and practice -

24 November 2014

On the 24 and 25 of November the AIRE Centre in collaboration with the Centre for Democracy and Human Rights (CEDEM), and the Judicial Training Centre (JTC), supported by the British Embassy, Konrad Ad and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Podgorica, hosted a seminar for judges and lawyers on the right to participate effectively in criminal proceedings under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and Montenegrin law. This event is hosted in Becici, Montenegro.

This seminar is part of a collaborative project to build the capacity of the Montenegrin judiciary to contribute to the rule of law reform in Montenegro as part of its European Union negotiations and integration process.

The aim of this seminar is to bring together international and national experts to share good practice and discuss reforms necessary to meet the requirements of accession to the European Union (EU).

The event was opened by Mr. Lyndon Radnedge, Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Podgorica, Mr Uwe Meerkötter, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany,   Ms. Biljana Braithwaite, Programme Manager for the Rule of Law in the Western Balkas Programme at AIRE Centre, Maja Milosevic, Director of the Judicial Training Centre and Mr. Thorsten Geissler, Head of the Rule of Law Program South East Europe, Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAF). The event is being moderated by Nenad Koprivica, Executive Director of CEDEM.

Opening remarks emphasised EU accession efforts, the United Kingdom and Germanys efforts to support capacity building programmes that promote the rule of law, and the European Human Rights Database as a tool to enable capacity building. Cooperation to meet and comply with international and European standards.

Toby Cadman from Nine Bedford Row International will be introducing the right to a fair trail in criminal cases according to Article 6 of the ECHR and the right to adequate time and facilities to prepare a defence, the right to representation and legal aid as well as Article 48 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. 


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