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Synergy attracting specialists from all over the world
CECJ events combine theory and practice, lectures and networking, hands-on exercises and discussions; opportunities to attend court hearings abroad, immersion in an international business environment, and promotion of the personal brand of every professional attending the event. Все это в сочетании с международным охватом и широчайшим выбором специализаций по самым разным областям права позволяет создавать для наших клиентов уникальную платформу для «включенного» обучения и расширения профессиональных контактов
Former Judge of the European Court of Human Rights elected in respect of the Russian Federation (1999-2012), Doctor of Law, Professor, Honoured Lawyer of the Russian Federation, Member of the Presidium of the Human Rights Council under the President of the Russian Federation
Moscow, RussiaSpeaker of CECJ seminar in: Strasbourg
As a judge of the European Court of Human Rights (1999-2012), I have repeatedly participated in seminars organized by the European Center for Legal Cooperation. The seminars cover both general problems of interpretation of the European Convention on Human Rights and practical issues of applying to the European Court. The programme attendees receive a comprehensive understanding of the implementation of the Convention at the national level and the functioning of the European system for the protection of human rights and freedoms in general. The level of organization of the seminars is the highest: the programme takes into account the profiles of the attendees, and the schedule is punctually abided by and observed. The fact that the seminars have been going on for several years, and their geography and the number of attendees are always expanding, speaks of the undoubted practical benefits of this form of “inclusive learning”.
Руководитель Департамента правовых вопросов Секретариата Международного Суда
Hague, NetherlandsСПИКЕР СЕМИНАРА CECJ В: Гааге
Состоявшийся семинар в Гааге позволил большой группе юристов ознакомиться с деятельностью Международного Суда ООН, Международного уголовного трибунала по бывшей Югославии, Международного уголовного суда, Европейского суда по правам человека, Гаагской конференции по международному частному праву, межгосударственного и торгового арбитража, а также с элементами судебной системы Нидерландов. Семинар был организован Европейским Центром правового сотрудничества, которому удалось привлечь к его проведению специалистов, обладающих непосредственным опытом рабоы в соответствующих органах и организациях, что придало их выступлениям особую ценность.
Понимание принципов функционирования и практики международных судебных и арбитражных органов, а также национальных судов различных государств является одним из инструментов, помогающих юристам совершенствовать правоприменительную практику в своих странах. Полученная на семинаре информация обогатила багаж правовых знаний участвовавших в семинаре юристов и расширила границы видения современного правового поля.
DE SALVIA Michel
Registrar of the European Court of Human Rights (1998-2001), Vice-President of the International Institute for Human Rights
Strasbourg, FranceSpeaker of CECJ seminar in: Strasbourg and St. Petersburg
The European Center for Legal Cooperation has entered the rank of organizations that, with great sagacity and alacrity, are engaged in the professional training and retraining of lawyers attentive to the issue of fundamental rights in Europe. CECJ began its activity with training programmes for Russian legal professionals. Numerous programmes, seminars and events of the CECJ, especially for representatives of the judiciary and the legal profession, are proof of many years of experience and testify to the efficiency and high professionalism achieved in the organization of such trainings. One can only wish that the experience gained in this area be applied as widely as possible to conduct training seminars for lawyers and advocates from other legal systems around the world.
UN Dispute Tribunal half-time judge; Justice of the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation on secondment to the European Court of Human Rights; lecturer at the Sapienza University of Rome, author of multiple legal publications
Rome, ItalySpeaker of CECJ seminar in: Strasbourg and St. Petersburg
I first learnt about the trainings and events organized by Ekaterina Safonova in 2012, when as a lawyer serving at the ECtHR I was part of the Italian delegation visiting the bilateral conference at the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation in St. Petersburg, together with such eminent lawyers as the First President and senior justices of the Italian Court of Cassation, justices of the Italian Constitutional Court, the President of the Court of Appeal of Rome, councillors of the National Bar Council, as well as officials and lawyers of the ECtHR. The Conference “Implementation of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in National Judicial Systems: Experience of Italy and Russia” was, in fact, organized by Ekaterina Safonova’s team. The conference offered presentations by 20 speakers, including the President of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation Zorkin, and had over 100 attendees from the legal community of St. Petersburg. The linguistic barriers were successfully overcome thanks to the skill of simultaneous interpreters. I cherish memories of the flawless organization of both the conference and our stay in general. We also appreciated the care with the which the organizers planned our stay including trips and excursions to discover the magnificent city of St. Petersburg. The conference was a part of a series of bi- and trilateral meetings organized by CECJ in France, Italy and Russia, in which I took part as a speaker. It actually was included in the official programme of events dedicated to cooperation between our countries. Since 2012 onwards I have participated several times as a speaker in the numerous trainings and events of the CECJ, organized for Italian lawyers at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and in Rome at the Court of Cassation. I find that the CECJ trainings are really useful for all legal practitioners who want to deepen their knowledge of international law and learn about the application of the European Convention on Human Rights. The multiparty dialogue and involvement of international experts promotes the value of knowledge and fosters direct cooperation, at the same time allowing the attendees to establish useful professional contacts.
Special Adviser to the Secretary of the International Criminal Court for Foreign Relations and Cooperation (2011-2015), Director of the Special Projects Department, later Secretary of the Governing Bodies, Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (2004-2011), Ambassador of Russia to the Netherlands (1998-2003)
Hague, NetherlandsSpeaker of CECJ seminar in: The Hague
Trainings organized by the CECJ in The Hague are of great interest to legal practitioners. They allow you to learn — and not in a superficial but in a rather detailed way — about operation of international legal institutions, their procedures and judicial decision-making process, and, finally to find out about the latest case-law. It is encouraging that the programme is not limited to such well-known institutions as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, but also includes lesser-known but very interesting organizations, such as the Hague Conference on Private International Law. Many issues included in the programme are stimulating from the practical standpoint, such as tackling child abduction, matters of parental responsibility, etc. Finally, the programme also featured a visit to the International Criminal Court, the operation of which is not sufficiently well-known among many lawyers.
Summarising, I can say that such educational programmes significantly broaden the mental horizons of participants.
Partner, Palant & Lust PLLC, Buffalo School of Law, class of 1983. Member of the New York City Bar Association. “Super Laywer” award holder (Reuters).
New York, USASpeaker of CECJ seminar in: New York
Participation in such trainings is beneficial for the attendees because the knowledge and the new skills acquired during the seminar will help them identify optimal strategies for their clients, as well as pre-empt many legal team-related problems, because you will know what experts to engage in a business project or a court case. Since the U.S. – alas – is a notoriously litigious country (yet cases may be settled at the trial stage or when trial is imminent), the basic knowledge of the U.S. legal system, the principles of jurisdiction as well as judicial rules and procedures will always be substantially beneficial to lawyers who see themselves as working in the international arena. In addition, we — U.S. lawyers — find that communication with international colleagues is smoother if they understand how we think and operate within the U.S. legal space. I am confident that the investment in your own professional upgrade and education always pays off, especially if the programme is built in an exciting manner with interventions by foreign judges, prosecutors and lawyers. Exactly such content-rich and informative programmes are offered by the CECJ to international lawyers.
Rome, ItalyParticipant of CECJ seminars in: St. Petersburg, Moscow
Rome and Istanbul
The European Center for Legal Cooperation (CECJ) has become an integral part of the legal training arena for lawyers from all over the world and the “platform” where it is possible to exchange national and international professional experiences with colleagues. This continuous exchange of information and experiences between colleagues from different countries (both EU and non-EU) is an essential element for those who, like me, look abroad both to expand their clientele and to strengthen professional exchanges with colleagues having different cultural backgrounds. In a world where cross-border cases are increasingly frequent, the CECJ provides the most valid and current answers to many problems that this intense legal traffic constantly poses to the legal practitioners. Even those who work mostly in the national sphere alone can benefit from the courses and seminars offered by the CECJ, considering the ever-increasing ‘intrusiveness’ of international law within national systems.
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Argentinian attorney, partner at RCTZZ LAW FIRM in Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, ArgentinaSpeaker of CECJ seminar in: Buenos Aires
“I was flattered and honored to be invited to speak on trusts, foreign exchange controls and taxes under Argentine law in occasion of the trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina of a delegation of Russian attorneys of the Russian Federation Bar Association, perfectly organized by the Centre Européen de Coopération Juridique. The unique opportunity to meet and host Russian attorneys, as well as to exchange personal, cultural and professional information and experience with them was invaluable and rich in all senses, having provided me with a first-hand glance to Russian law and business culture. The CECJ, led by Ms. Ekaterina Safonova, carefully organized this trip assuring their participants an active and varied agenda, that included meetings and hearings with the Judiciary (Federal Supreme Court), members of the Congress and Executive branches, local bar associations and faculties of law, and the Russian Embassy in Buenos Aires.
Д.ю.н., Президент Союза адвокатов Украины, член Комиссии по вопросам правовой реформы, член Научно-консультативных советов Верховного Суда Украины и Кассационного Суда Украины
Kiev, UkraineУЧАСТНИК СЕМИНАРОВ CECJ В: Страсбурге, Нью-Йорке
Проекты CECJ для украинских адвокатов начались в сложный 2014-й год. Я был в составе самой первой украинской делегации на программе CECJ «Успешное обращение в ЕСПЧ: от теории к практике» в Совете Европы. Уровень данного мероприятия, впрочем как и последующих, были на самом высоком уровне. Перед украинскими адвокатами выступали не только юристы и судьи ЕСПЧ, но и лично Генеральный секретарь Совета Европы. По каждой статье Конвенции было много новой полезной информации в свете практики Европейского суда по правам человека. Лекции переплетались с практическими заданиями. Программы были настолько интересными, что превратилась в настоящий канал «включенного обучения» по Европейской конвенции.
Мы с коллегами из Украины поддерживаем данный проект и подтверждаем его практическую пользу для украинских адвокатов в защите прав человека и основополагающих свобод.
Желаем команде CECJ дальнейших успехов!
Mexico City, MexicoУЧАСТНИК СЕМИНАРОВ CECJ В: Москве и Санкт-Петербурге
Я благодарен за участие в таком прекрасном мероприятии. Это была отличная возможность встретиться и узнать от коллег со всего мира о зарубежном праве, недавних изменениях и общих мировых тенденциях. Каждый участник владеет уникальными знаниями в разных областях права, и это позволяет каждому адвокату расширять сеть своих деловых контактов с коллегами из разных стран и по разным специализациям. Мероприятие было очень хорошо организовано. Презентации были интересными. Надеюсь, что смогу принять участие и в следующих мероприятиях CECJ.
Nicosia, CyprusParticipant of CECJ seminars in: Moscow and St.Petersburg
I had the opportunity to attend the events in Moscow and St Petersburg in 2016, during which I was impressed by how extremely well prepared the events were in terms of accommodation, transportation and organization as well as by the excellent condition of the venues. The events that took place were also extremely successful in terms of gathering a large number of lawyers from Russia and abroad from various legal backgrounds. The way the events took place also gave me the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with all the participants enabling me to make new friends and establish key contacts from various jurisdictions, including Russia, Italy, Romania, Germany, Spain and Mexico. The contacts I have made in the events proved to be of paramount importance, especially whenever I had to deal with legal issues, substantive or procedural, on foreign law. In addition to the networking opportunities and the productive exchange of ideas, we also had the opportunity to spend time with the rest of the participants and enjoy Moscow and St Petersburg. Overall, I am really glad that I was given the opportunity to participate in this event and I fully recommend it to anyone interested in the future.
Barcelona, SpainSpeaker of CECJ seminar in: Barcelona
I first learned about CECJ programs in 2018 when I saw a Barcelona Bar Association announcement about a seminar for Russian-speaking lawyers. I speak Russian (TORFL-III) and work a lot with clients in post-Soviet countries. The event seemed very interesting, and I quickly registered as a participant. Then the organizers offered me the opportunity to speak at the next such seminar, which I gladly accepted. In my opinion, the business networking platform created by CECJ is an excellent way for Spanish lawyers, especially Russian-speaking ones, to promote themselves in international markets and post-Soviet countries in particular. It helps Spanish lawyers understand the market and evaluate the needs of foreign lawyers and their clients. It is a way for us to learn about the mentality of Russian clients, lawyers, and attorneys. Each year, the CECJ Speed Legal Networking event is a full house at the Barcelona Bar Association, so I think my opinion is shared by many Spanish colleagues who are interested in the «Russian market», which includes both Russian-speaking clients who live in Spain or the EU as well as those who live in Russia and have assets or interests in Spain or the EU. On the other hand, international lawyers who come to Barcelona to attend these seminars are able to receive helpful and undistorted information about Spain and Catalonia from Spaniards and Catalans and establish direct contacts. I can say with confidence that such events are mutually beneficial – they connect lawyers from different countries, open new opportunities, and give access to new knowledge, new markets, and new clients. I look forward to many more CECJ projects in Barcelona or elsewhere!
Managing Partner Xin Da Li Law Firm
Beijing, ChinaParticipant of CECJ seminars in: Hong Kong
In January 2015, I took part in a CECJ program on international commercial arbitration in cooperation with HKIAC. This was part of the CECJ’s multi-state program on comparative legal analysis of various arbitration centers around the world that included a joint CECJ and CIArb course to receive FCIArb status. Later, I learned about CECJ seminars on Chinese law for foreign businesses in Beijing and Shanghai. The format, where Chinese lawyers speak to their foreign counterparts whose clients are interested in the Chinese market, is extremely effective. I enjoyed speaking to an audience whose business interests aligned with my legal specialization. CECJ events are not just mere presentations, as elements of professional networking are woven into them very organically. In China and Hong Kong, Russian lawyers met with their Chinese colleagues in private practice, representatives of international law firms, and members of the Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong Bar Associations. It is great that now not only Russian lawyers, but lawyers from all over the world can participate in CECJ programs. I am also pleased to learn that there are plans to hold events for foreign professionals in China. We have a lot of common issues and points of contact with international lawyers, and such projects help promote mutually beneficial cooperation. I wish you success and look forward to participating in upcoming CECJ programs.
Treviso, ItalyParticipant of CECJ seminars in: Moscow, St.Petersbourg and Rome
Thanks to the participation in the CECJ events I was able to understand the economic dynamics of the Russian market, exchanging experience with potential clients and foreign investors. CECJ has given me a new “key to understanding” the functioning of the Russian legal world and its interaction with the international actors.
It was a very constructive experience that allowed me not only to broaden my range of action, but also to discuss multiple issues with numerous foreign professionals from different countries and with different legal specializations. A daring interaction of cultures and legal systems that has indelibly enriched my professionalism.