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Online Manual for Practitioners on Advancing the Defence Rights of Children

Stephanie Rap and Chrisje Sandelowsky-Bosman have contributed as authors to the online training manual for lawyers, that is developed as part of the training programme Advancing the Defence Rights of Children.

This European Commission funded project is led by Fair Trials, in collaboration with the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, APADOR-CH from Romania and the International Juvenile Justice Observatory. As part of this project a multi-disciplinary regional training programme is developed to help criminal defence lawyers across the EU develop both the practical skills and the knowledge necessary to provide effective assistance to child suspects and accused persons. 

The manual serves two purposes:
1) to be used as a source of information and knowledge for training providers interested in delivering the training programme to local lawyers; and
2) to be used as a helpful resource for practicing lawyers, as a guide that will help them understand the law as well as the practical aspects of assisting children in conflict with the law. 

In January 2018 Leiden Law School hosted the 3-day regional training programme, in which around 50 lawyers from all over Europe participated to advance their knowledge and skills in defending children in juvenile justice proceedings. The implementation of the EU Directive 2016/800 on procedural safeguards for children who are suspects or accused persons in criminal proceedings was an important part of this training.

The online training manual can be found here.

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