The Hertie School and the Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC) have joined forces to launch a new project, Strategic Litigation for Rights in Europe: Building Knowledge, Skills and Connections for Legal Practitioners to Use the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (STARLIGHT). STARLIGHT will facilitate more effective use of a powerful yet underused tool to protect fundamental rights in the European Union: the Charter of Fundamental Rights (CFR).
STARLIGHT will provide legal practitioners in the European Union (EU) with the skills and knowledge to apply the CFR in strategic litigation. Over a period of 12 months, participants in this capacity-building programme will benefit from seminars, workshops, legal clinics and networking opportunities in varying formats to accomplish two main goals:
applying the CFR and other EU laws in three thematic areas: the rule of law, asylum/migration, criminal justice;
- acquiring crucial skills to engage in strategic litigation at EU level, develop EU jurisprudence and promote systemic and social changes in their respective countries.
The programme will focus on training practitioners from the following target countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.
The programme will combine online learning with an in-person training workshop. It will run once in 2023 and again in 2024.
- Legal Clinics Arguments:
- Year 1 Participant Testimonials about the programme:
- STARLIGHT programme empowers human rights lawyers to drive positive change
- Launch webinar: The Power of Strategic Litigation in the EU on 20/1/2023
- Year II launch webinar: The Power of Strategic Litigation in the EU on 13/10/2023
This project is funded by the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values (CERV) programme of the European Union.