Judicial Training in Central Europe

The Irish Centre for Human Rights together with the European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy at the University of Graz, Austria partnered with organisations in Slovenia, Slovakia and Hungary to develop and implement a training programme on non-discrimination for pre-service and in-service judges and prosecutors in 2003. Four training sessions took place in each of the target countries over a two-year period.

The Irish Centre for Human Rights played a significant role in the planning of the project and was also designated to evaluate the training conducted by partner organisations in Austria (University  of Graz), Hungary ( NEKI Legal Defence Bureau), Slovakia ( VIA JURIS) and Slovenia ( MIROVNI Institut). Goran Klemencic and Benjamin Flander from the University of Maribor, Slovenia, also assisted in the evaluation process. 
June 10 2006 saw the launch of Anti-Discrimination and the Judiciary: Challenges to Access to Justice in Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia, co-edited by Dr. Vinodh Jaichand together with Anke Sembacher and Klaus Starl from European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, which sets out the findings of the project. The project, which has now concluded, also produced four country studies, a conference and an information platform found where support materials exist for general use:http://antidiscrimination.etc-graz.at/