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Improving Conditions Related to Detention

The project

This project, sponsored by the European Commission, consists of three seminars, two of which will take place in Strasbourg in 2013 and one in Trier in 2014. Each seminar will focus on a different aspect of the supervision of matters relating to detention, with the aim being to provide practical training for a broad spectrum of legal professionals and practitioners in the field of detention.

The concept

Each seminar will be targeted at judges, prosecutors, lawyers in private practice and officials from ministries, prison administrations, the probation system and prison monitoring bodies (approx. 50 participants per seminar) from all Member States and candidate countries. The training will last 1 ½ days.


The programme will offer a mix of training methods, from lectures to interactive workshops. At the heart of the training will be an analysis of detention issues and steps to improve conditions, as well as alternatives to imprisonment. Participants' application of relevant instruments will be improved through real-time training and knowledge-sharing. Mutual trust between participants will be strengthened through a better understanding of European Court of Human Rights case law.

Networking opportunities

This project will support networking by giving the participants from various EU Member States and candidate countries the opportunity to make personal contacts with other participants and speakers, leading to an exchange of best practice and experience in the course of the offered training.

Organiser and Partners

The project is organised by the Academy of European Law (ERA) in partnership with Fair Trials International and the Council of Europe.


Ramin Farinpour
Course Director and Senior Lawyer - Criminal Law
phone: +49 (0)651 937 37 310
fax: +49 (0)651 937 37 773
Foto: Ramin Farinpour LL.M.


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