Environment and human rights, HELP course launched at NIJ

19. 11. 2021

On Friday, 19 November 2021, the National Institute of Justice, in partnership with the Council of Europe and AO EcoContact, launched the HELP pilot course "Environment and Human Rights" for judges, prosecutors, legal assistants, lawyers for the delivery of state-guaranteed legal aid , civil servants, as well as a group of master students from the State University of Moldova.

In the opening of the event, Diana Scobioala, NIJ Director, Eva Pastrana, Head of Justice and Human Rights Training Division at CoE, Ana Medarska-Lazova, Deputy Head of HELP Unit, CoE, Ecaterina Popa, Head of the Training and Research Department, NIJ and Tatiana Echim, Project Manager, EcoContact, stressed the importance of the fourth HELP course launched this year by the National Institute of Justice, taking into consideration that climate change, pollution and general degradation of ecosystems also have an impact on respect for human rights.

To the practical aspects of the course implementation (structure and content of the course, tasks for participants, adaptation of the course to the national legal context, technical issues of the course, etc.) referred the NIJ trainers - Oleg Rotari, HELP national tutor, Government Agent at the ECtHR, and Tatiana Ciaglic, head of the e-learning section, NIJ, HELP certified tutor,.

The course, with 24 hours of training, will take place on the HELP distance learning platform, between November 19 and December 30. Participants will go through four modules that will provide them with the necessary knowledge about how human rights and Council of Europe tools can be used to achieve effective environmental protection.

"Environment and human rights" is the 14th HELP course piloted by the National Institute of Justice, being organized within the project "A green justice for a protected environment and sustainable communities in the Republic of Moldova", implemented by AO EcoContact and financially supported by Sweden.