Programmes

Citizens’ Watch International aims to advance sound administration of law by offering learning opportunities for young lawyers in Russia and other Post-Soviet countries.

Through training, professional discussions with English colleagues and observing court proceedings in the UK, lawyers from Russia and other countries can learn practical skills in criminal litigation; exchange views on adversary trial, equality of arms, confidentiality, professional ethics and procedural issues; and use the knowledge gained for their professional development.

Our Programmes provide opportunities for participants to compare criminal proceedings, share best practices, exchange views on protecting the professional interests of the legal community and be engaged in today’s international legal dialogue.

Leading experts and practitioners take part in various events of the Programme as trainers, lecturers and speakers.

“After our visit I ask myself: how can I help to improve the existing justice system in Russia?”

Quote from Russian lawyer visiting London on 2016 study visit

2019-20 Programme

Protection of Children’s Rights

Building on the work of the past years, the objective of the programme is to continue raising the professional standards of Russian legal practitioners through targeted training.

Members of Bar Associations from St Petersburg, the Leningrad Region and other towns in Russia, as well as lawyers working with local NGOs supporting children are invited to take part in the training activities.

The programme includes an introductory workshop in St Petersburg run by Russian and English experts; individual case analyses done by the trainees; a study visit of a Russian delegation to London; and a final presentation of the project outcomes.

2018-19 Programme
Access to Justice for Victims of Domestic Violence in Russia 

Our new training programme began in November 2018.  A series of training events is organised for young Russian lawyers, including workshops in St Petersburg run by Russian and UK experts, individual research projects and a study visit of the target group to the UK.

Members of Bar Associations from St Petersburg, the Leningrad Region and other towns in the Northwest of Russia, as well as lawyers working with local NGOs providing assistance to victims of domestic abuse, are invited to take part in the project activities.

As a result of this project, Russian lawyers will be able to defend the rights of victims of domestic abuse more efficiently and ensure that these persons get unhindered access to justice and a fair trial in accordance with the rule of law and international human rights standards.

Access to Justice for Victims of Domestic Violence in Russia

2018-19 Programme

This training programme was launched in November 2018.  A series of training events is organised for yourn Russian lawyers, including workshopes in St Petersburg run by Russian and UK experts, individual research projects and a study visit of the target group to the UK.

Access to Justice for Vulnerable Groups in Russia

2017-18 Programme

This initiative began in September 2017 and is the next stage of CWI’s long term educational programme, aiming to improve access to justice for two vulnerable groups in Russia – migrants and persons with disabilities.

Raising the Professional Standards of Defence Lawyers in Russia

2016-17 Programme

This training programme was launched in St Petersburg in October 2016, consisting of a series of educational events and exchange of experience for practising defence lawyers in the North West of Russia.

 

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.