Center for Constitutionalism and Human Rights

The Center for Constitutionalism and Human Rights (Center) was established at EHU in 2012. Activities of the Center focus primarily on research, assessment, and consultations in the sphere of establishing constitutional law and order, the system of legal values and securing human rights in East-Central European and CIS states, as well as assisting EHU’s academic structures in preparing legal professionals in constitutional relations and human rights in the region. The Center’s activities aim at fostering development of legal culture and establishing the legal state and civil society institutes in Belarus, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine, among other CIS states, via implementing the activities in three fields:

  • Educational: As part of EHU’s academic programs, the Center participates in educating EHU students about the practical aspects of the international protection of human rights and securing constitutional law and order.
  • Practical (Applied): As part of the Legal Clinic, the Center acts as a representative for applicants to the European Court of Human Rights and the UN Human Rights Committee (by our own efforts or in collaboration with nongovernmental organizations and lawyers), including the filing of complaints. The Center also assists advocates and lawyers of nongovernmental organizations in the most important national-level cases. It monitors the situation in the sphere of constitutionalism and human rights in East-Central Europe and CIS states, as well as acts as amicus curiae in the European Court.
  • Research and examination: On a regular basis, the Center studies and examines the situation with constitutional law and order, as well as legislation containing the norms on human rights in East-Central Europe and CIS states. It provides recommendations on developing legislation and legal practices across the region, bringing them in line with European and other international legal standards.

As part of the above-mentioned activities, the Center

  • organizes and conducts research and methodological, practical, and academic activities in constitutionalism and human rights;
  • encourages collaboration with researchers, experts, volunteers, and partner organizations;
  • collects, studies, stores, and publishes materials on legal, scholarly, and practical issues;
  • publishes a journal and a newsletter;
  • prepares and coordinates research and practice-based research projects in accordance with the goals of the Center.

Initiatives implemented by the Center in 2012

  • In May 2012 the Center’s staff, in collaboration with ABA ROLI (American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative) and the University of Glasgow and with the support of the Council of Europe, conducted two weeklong seminars of International Law on the topics of Trial Advocacy Skills and the Council of Europe teaching program for EHU’s undergraduate students.
  • The Center published the second issue of the Jus Gentium journal.
  • The Center launched a pilot project—“Legal Clinic on Human Rights”—for EHU’s International Law undergraduate students.
  • We organized a section on “Problems of Constitutionalism and Human Rights Development in Eastern Europe” as part of the conference “Baltic-Black Sea Intermarum: Paradigms of regional development and transformations of law” (March 29–30, 2012).
  • We organized a section on “Horizon and Prospects of Legal Education in Academia” as part of the conference, “The Mission of Humanities Universities in Eastern and Central Europe: Between Training and Bildung” (Vilnius, June 6–7, 2012).

Perspectives

Currently, the Center implements a project, “Discovering European Transnational Constitutionalism: Establishing Research Infrastructure on Constitutional Relations in the European Union, and Transmitting the Knowledge Through the Academic Programs of Eastern European Universities.” The project aims at creating research infrastructure on constitutional relations in the European Union and implementing the knowledge through the academic programs of Eastern European universities, including EHU. The project is also to strengthen the scholarly support of the EHU’s International Law and European Law graduate program, as well as to lay the foundations for the international cooperation with the University of Bremen, University of Latvia, and Tallinn University in research on European Union’s constitutional law development.

Publications

  • Journal of Constitutionalism and Human Rights
  • Бреский, О., Адвилониене, Ж. Локальность. К нормативным основаниям социального места и порядка. Вильнюс, 2011.;
  • Бреский, О. Традиция естественного права и становление гражданской доктрины неотчуждаемых права человека // Вестник Брестского государственного университета. № 3. 2010.;
  • Бреский, О. Позитивное право, суверенитет и юридический постпозитивизм // Позитивное право в современных правовых системах. Брест: Альтернатива, 2009.;
  • Бреский, О. Гражданское образование и конституционное право в Восточной Европе // Конституционное право и конституционная компаративистика в системе российского юридического образования: Сборник докладов. М.: Институт права и публичной политики, 2009. 260 с.

Center’s Staff

  • Aleh Breski – director of the Center, Ph.D. in Law, associate professor
  • Karine Bechet-Golovko – Journal of Constitutionalism and Human Rights, editor, Ph.D. in Law
  • Volha Ramanenka – head of the Legal Clinic on human rights, LL.M.
  • Kiryl Karatseyeu – expert of the Center, LL.M.
  • Kseniya Peresypkina – editor of Jus Gentium student journal, graduate student of Law

Contact

Email: cchr@ehu.lt

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