Human Rights Education and Research in the Promotion of the Council of Europe Standards
To make its input in the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the Russia’s joining to the Council of Europe, National Research University – Higher School of Economics in cooperation with the Council on the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights at the President of the Russian Federation and Council of Europe organizes an international scientific conference to discuss human rights education on university level, teaching the European Court case-law, academic research in the related area, ways to raise legal awareness in Council of Europe standards among law practitioners and staff of ombudsmen’s offices, cooperation between Russian and European universities.
HSE has been teaching courses in human rights since 2008. It has a Master's programme in Human Rights and Democratic Governance for political science students and a set of courses for law students at both bachelor and master levels. The curriculum includes theory, philosophy and methodology of human rights research; case-law of the European Court of Human Rights; institutions and main legal documents of the Council of Europe; anti-discrimination course and a course on freedom of expression, courses on freedom of peaceful assembly and association and many others. In addition, the course on the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights was taught to the students of the Public Administration and Municipal Government program and to the Master students of History department. As a part of the consortium of universities under EUNEG program, financed by the EU, NRU-HSE professors took part in development of the programs for a set of courses in human rights, which should become the basis for joint Master programs in human rights. In 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 academic years the Moot Court team of the law faculty of NRU-HSE after strict and highly competitive selection participated in the finals of the International Moot Court Competition organized by ELSA under the auspices of the ECtHR, which took place in Strasbourg. Among our professors are Anatoly Kovler, ex-justice of the ECtHR; Tamara Morshchakova, retired vice-Chairman of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation; Council of Europe Experts and law practitioners with experience of successful litigation in the ECtHR.
Contact person: Anita Soboleva, associate professor of the department of theory and history of law, member of the Council on the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights at the President of the Russian Federation firstname.lastname@example.org