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Fair Trials launches online training module on Cross-Border Cases and Human Rights

Fair Trials has launched a new free online training module for criminal defence lawyers. The course, on cross border criminal justice and human rights, contains contributions from leading extradition lawyers, including Rebecca Niblock, Ed Grange and Saoirse Townsend.
The course has a special focus on the European Arrest Warrant, and has been made possible thanks to generous support from The Legal Education Foundation.
cross border training picThis training, designed by lawyers for lawyers, will help to provide practical guidance that not only increases knowledge of European human rights standards, but explains how to actually use these standards and enforcement mechanisms in a way that can protect defendants’ rights.
The training, entitled Cross-Border Cases and Human Rights, is just the latest in our ongoing series of online learning, and takes a look at European extradition law and outlines how lawyers can successfully develop human rights-based arguments in cross-border cases.
It can often be forgotten, but European cooperation is based on the idea that EU member states can trust each other to respect basic rights. This has resulted in high-profile cases of injustice, creating tensions in the relationship between respect for human rights and cross-border cooperation. These issues arise day-in, day-out in UK courts and will become increasingly common as lawyers start to use EU laws with increasing frequency to transfer prisoners and exchange evidence.
This latest training is designed to complement the e-training we have already produced, which focused on the enforcement of EU criminal law in domestic criminal proceedings, as well as providing practical guides to two recently introduced European Directives. All of our courses are designed to stand independently from the others in order to allow defence practitioners to focus in on the issues that are most relevant to their current cases. However, when taken as a whole, our courses demonstrate how regional human rights standards have the potential to protect the rights of thousands of people accused of crimes each year.
The right to a fair trial is one of the cornerstones of a just society. Fair Trials is a unique human rights charity that works to protect the right to a fair trial around the world and campaigns for fairer criminal justice systems. We have found that one of the most significant ways to achieve this is by providing legal training, in order to improve the capacity of defence practitioners to advance respect for the right to a fair trial. We hope that through our training and with increased access to practical legal information, the ability of UK practitioners to defend the rights of their clients will be strengthened, and that regional human rights standards will become more widely used and applied in our national legal system.

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