Trial observation training seminar in Moscow and Saint Petersburg: call for applications

The ICJ is organizing two-day trial observation training seminars on 4-5 October in Moscow and 7-8 October in Saint Petersburg.

The seminar aims to provide practical skills on how to conduct trial observations, how to assess and analyse information and data obtained, and how to draft a final trial observation report.

The seminar will address the legislative frameworks within which courts operate, including:

  • the structure and functioning of the judiciary;
  • the compliance of these frameworks with international rule of law and human rights standards;
  • the components and guarantees of the right to fair trial;
  • observing proceedings within the courtroom; and
  • the conduct of meetings with the relevant authorities and other advocacy work outside the courtroom.

Participants will be introduced to international standards of trial observations with a special focus on judicial independence.

Criteria for eligibility:

  • The call for applications is open to judges, lawyers (whether in private practice or affiliated to an NGO), NGO representatives, and other interested professionals. A total of 15 participants will be selected.
  • Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in the rule of law and human rights law
  • Applicants must have an interest in international standards of trial observation
  • The working language of the seminars is Russian

Closing date for applications: 15 September 2010.

Application forms can be downloaded below.

For any further information please contact Róisín Pillay at or Temur Shakirov at


Russian Federation-application form Moscow-event-2010 (full text in Russian, PDF)

Russian Federation-application form Saint Petersburg-event-2010 (full text in Russian, PDF)

Russian Federation-trial observation training-event-2010 (full text in Russian, PDF)

Russian Federation-trial observation training-event-2010 (full text in English, PDF)