Following the successful experiences of 2017, the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum took an active part in the international Summer School “Future Lawyers: Essential Skills to Success” at the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University. This year the Forum organised workshops on environmental law and practical internet law with the participation of prominent law specialists and practitioners from Denmark, Hungary and Russia.
Dr Sándor Fülöp of the Environmental Management and Law Association (EMLA) (Budapest, Hungary) and Pavel Moiseev of Bellona (St. Petersburg, Russia) presented the different aspects of environmental information and the implementation of the Aarhus Convention; environmental damage compensation; and resolution of environmental disputes in the EU and Russia. The students actively engaged in discussion on the relevant cases on Russia and were interested to get an overview of the EU practice in this regard.
Galina Arapova, Director and Senior Media Lawyer at the Mass Media Defence Centre (Voronezh, Russia), and Daniel Simons, legal counsel responsible for freedom of expression-related issues at Greenpeace International (Copenhagen, Denmark), discussed with the students the clear trend of new restrictions’ introduction and tightening of sanctions in Russia as well as in many EU member states, as well as interesting ECtHR cases dealing with the freedom of expression, different forms of defamation and much more. Bright and clear examples aroused a lot of interest among the young lawyers not only in a professional sense but they also found it useful as active users of the Internet and social media.
All students were invited to actively contribute to the Legal Dialogue Journal.
‘There is a strong need for summer schools like this one, as they provide a unique opportunity for law students to get a first hand knowledge from Russian and EU experts practicing in various legal fields related to fundamental rights and freedoms,’ pointed out Galina Arapova. ‘It is great to see participants who are interested, quite advanced and ready for an open discussion on serious issues of public concern.’
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