On June 23-27, 2014, II Summer school on human rights was held on the basis of the law faculty of RUDN University. The event is held within the framework of the project of the inter-university master's programme «International protection of human rights Protection», successfully implemented by Consortium of Russian Universities (RUDN University, Kazan Federal University, MGIMO University, Perm State University, Russian State University for the Humanities) with the support of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia.
Participants of the Summer school were 72 students, representing more than 20 Russian universities, 37 lecturers, including 8 foreign ones. At the opening ceremony of the Summer school with a welcoming speech to listeners: vice-rectorof RUDN University on international activities O.V. Andreeva; senior human rights Adviser R. Komenda; dean of the law faculty of RUDN University professor V.F. Ponka; director of the European Studies Institute of MGIMO UniversityT. V. Shashikhina; and also the dean of the faculty of history, political science and law of University for the HumanitiesprofessorA.P. Logunov.
At the plenary session on the theme: «Human rights based approach», honorable guests shared their experience: M.B. Terentyev (deputy chairman of the State Duma Committee on labor, social policy and veterans affairs); L.M. Alexeeva (chairman of the Moscow Helsinki group); M.A. Fedotov (chairman of the Council under the President of the Russian Federation for the development of civil society and human rights); G.F. Kunadze, (deputy head of the Office of the Commissioner for human rights in the Russian Federation); A.Y. Yunoshev (deputy head of the legal department of the Federal penitentiary service of Russia); Florence Benoît-Rohmer, European Inter-University Center (EIUC) Secretary General, as well as Pablo Espiniella(Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division, OHCHR).
Within the framework of the Summer school for the first time in Russia, the competition «Model of the European Court of Human Rights» was held in English. The competition was attended by 4 teams representing RUDN University in conjunction with the MGIMO University, Russian State University for the Humanities, Kazan Federal University and Perm State University. The jury included:Manuela Brillat(Deputy Secretary General of Plaider les droits de l'homme), Jacques Anderson (Jack Anderson, professor, Queen’s University, Belfast), and Alan Desmond (E.MA Fellow at EIUC). The lectures on the activities of the ECHR and the work of the lawyer in the ECHR were made by Petr Sich(Head of Office, Council of Europe Programme Office in the Russian Federation) and Piet Blonde(Political Affairs Manager EU Delegation Russia), and D.V. Trenina (lecturer of the department of criminal law, criminal procedure and criminalistics of MGIMO University).
The students of the Summer school visited the Sakharov center and took part in a round table on the topic of human rights in Russia at the present stage.
From June 26 to June 27, the Summer school continued in the format of sections. Before the audience of the section «Threats and challenges of the 21st century and human rights» were made by: doctor of law, prof. A.Kh. Abashidze (head of the department of international law of RUDN University; member of the UN Committee on economic, social and cultural rights), А.М. Solntsev (deputy head of the department of international law of RUDN University), V.M. Gefter (director of the Institute of human rights), M.N. Sereda (Coordinator of Amnesty International representative campaigns in Russia), Paolo de Stefani (doctor of law, professor of the School of economics and political science of the University of Padua), U.Y. Mammadov (associate professor of the department of international and European law of the Kazan Federal University). Within the framework of the section «Topical issues of ensuring human rights in Russia», E.V. Sereda (head of the Organizational department of the Office of the Commissioner for human rights in the Russian Federation), А.К. Soboleva (member of the Presidential council for the development of civil society and human rights), A.B. Ampar (program specialist in social and human sciences at the UNESCO office in Moscow), A.M. Verkhovsky (director of the information-analytical center «Sova», member of the Council under the President of the Russian Federation for the development of civil society and human rights), M.D. Davtyan (member of the Moscow bar association, lawyer of the Consortium of women's NGOs), A.E. Lysenko (scientific adviser and chairman of the board of the National center for disability problems), T.I. Margolin (Commissioner for human rights in the Perm Krai), Т.D. Zrazhevskaya (Ombudsman for human rights in the Voronezh Region), R.Sh. Garipov (associate professor of the department of international and european law of Kazan Federal University), as well as N.V. Shatin (candidate of history, associate professor of the department of social communications and technology of the faculty of history, political science and law of the Russian State University for the Humanities).
Participants in the sections discussed the current problems of protecting human rights in Russia in the light of international standards, as well as contemporary challenges and threats. The work of the sections was of an interactive applied nature.
On June 27, the results of the Summer school were summed up by the head of the department of international law, A.Kh. Abashidze and program specialist of the OHCHR Moscow office R. Aluash, who noted the high professional level of the lecturers, the orientation of the Summer school to discuss practical issues of human rights protection, and the importance of the Summer school for the training of highly qualified human rights specialists at the international level. Also briefed the audience: the manager of the master's program «International protection of human rights»O.G. Kharitonova and E.S.Alisievich(the program coordinator from RUDN University, assistant professor of the department of international law). Participants of the Summer school summed up the photo contest «Everyone has the right to....», Having handed over to the winner - the graduate of the master's program «International Protection of Human Rights»N.K. Karsanova (Russian State University for the Humanities) a memorable gift.
The work of the Summer school have been undertaken in Russian and English. Participants of the Summer school were awarded certificates.
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Source: department of international law of RUDN University / www.intlaw.rudn.ru