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Azerbaijani judge candidates trained on Council of Europe standards on freedom of expression

baku 17 october 2017
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Azerbaijani judge candidates trained on Council of Europe standards on freedom of expression

Two half-day training sessions on some aspects of freedom of expression took place on 11 October 2017 in Baku. Participants were judge candidates undergoing the preparatory training phase of the judicial selection process at the Academy of Justice of Azerbaijan. The sessions were an useful opportunity to address some ongoing and difficult issues emerging from the case law of the European Court of Human Rights that should be of particular concern for the judiciary. These were freedom of expression standards in traditional media/the internet and the European Court of Human Rights' case-law, the balance between the right to privacy and the right to freedom of expression and the right to access to information.

The main aim of the training sessions was to raise awareness on the Council of Europe standards on freedom of expression and media freedom among participants, as well as to open the floor to discussions. 125 judge candidates were therefore trained on the Council of Europe standards on freedom of expression and media freedom. A Guide to the Interpretation and Meaning of Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights translated into Azerbaijani and printed within the project, was disseminated among the participants.

These trainings  were organised as part of the Council of Europe/European Union Joint Project  “Freedom of expression and media freedom in Azerbaijan”, implemented under the Council of Europe/European Union Programme Partnership for Good Governance.