CWI was initiated in May 2015 by a small, active team of professional lawyers, probation staff and others within the Criminal Justice Systems of Russia and the UK.
The staff have a wide experience of teaching and practising within the UK and internationally at the very highest legal and governmental levels.
CWI has well established relations with local Bars, judiciary, NGOs and the media within the UK and across Russia and Eastern Europe.
CWI aims to promote human rights and the sound and proper administration of law and justice for the public benefit primarily, but not exclusively, within Russia and former Soviet bloc countries.
CWI seeks to specifically address the principle of fair trial and transparency of court proceedings, as well as a range of related, justice-focused issues including, legal assistance/ protection for children and other vulnerable groups, mediation, restorative justice and humane prison regimes.
CWI became a registered charity on 26 May 2015
CWI organises training, research and mutual exchanges between Criminal Justice professionals and NGO workers within the Russian Federation, the UK and other EU member countries.
Our focus is on disseminating ideas of best practice and governance from countries where there is an already well-established judicial system to countries in transition. In doing so CWI also encourages and develops open and active lines of communication between committed professionals across international borders.
CWI aims to raise funds for project activities by applying to a range of funding sources, including European and American private foundations, EU grant making programmes, international development programmes, volunteer contributions and donations made by enterprises, organisations and individuals.
We also warmly welcome private sponsorhsip and donations.
Citizens’ Watch International
Citizens’ Watch International is a UK registered charity dedicated to promoting access to justice where human rights are at risk, particularly in Russia and the former Soviet Bloc countries.