24 November 2016, Paris

On the 24th of November 2016 an international working meeting “Joint Forces of International Law Clinics & NGOs in dealing with migration issues” took place in Paris. This meeting was a direct continuation of the new project line of the “EU-Russia Legal Dialogue” programme of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum. It started with the round table “International Cooperation of Legal Clinics and NGOs” that took part in Moscow on 21st of October, and aimed at facilitating cooperation between legal clinics and civil society actors from Russia and the EU.

One of the topics selected for further cooperation during the round table in Moscow were migration issues. During the working meeting in Paris representatives of recognized NGOs working on migration issues and combating xenophobia, such as Civic Assistance Committee from Moscow or the European network UNITED for Intercultural Action, discussed with representatives of specialized legal clinics, such as Pole du droit des etrangeres a la Clinique juridique de Paris or Refugee Law Clinics Germany, the potential of developing new cooperation forms between NGOs and legal clinics dealing with migration in Russia and the EU countries.


  21 October 2016, Moscow

On 21 October 2016, the Law Faculty of the Lomonosov Moscow State University hosted the Round Table “International Experiences in Cooperation between Legal Clinics and Non-for-Profit Organisations” within the
7th All-Russian Conference of Legal Clinics. The Round Table was initiated by the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum in cooperation with the NGO “Centre of Development of Legal Clinics”.

The target goals of the meeting were to exchange experiences and discuss possible new formats of cooperation between legal clinics and NGOs, which would be helpful to both students and non-for-profit organisations in the EU and Russia. While there are similar concepts in some countries, there has been a lack of platforms for sharing best practices and developing international cooperation so far.

We took the chance to come to an event with around 150 reprentatives of legal clinics from over 30 Russian regions and to reflect together, where it makes sense to head further with our programme.
POLINA BAIGAROVA, Coordinator of the 'EU-Russia Legal Dialogue' supported by the European Commission and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany
I am sure that we can learn a lot from each other. It will be great, if a legal clinic from one country interested in development of a new direction finds a partner clinic in another country with an appropriate experience. Besides, I believe, we can easily seek for NGO representatives specialised in these questions, who are ready to act as facilitators/experts on such a project.
FILIP CZERNICKI, President of the Foundation of Legal Clinics (Poland)

Thanks to the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, the meeting was attended not only by Russian experts but also by colleagues from Finland, Poland, Spain and Switzerland. All in all, more than 20 representatives of legal clinics and NGOs took part in the round table.