Seminar “The right to effective defense in criminal proceedings” organized

Seminar “The right to effective defense in criminal proceedings” organized

The Center for Democracy and Human Rights (CEDEM) is in cooperation with the AIRE Center in London and the Center for Education of Judicial Officers of Montenegro 24/25. In November, he organized a professional seminar entitled “The Right to Effective Defense in Criminal Proceedings”.

The seminar, held at the Queen of Montenegro Hotel in Becici, was supported by the German Konrad Adenauer Foundation, through the Rule of Law Program in Southeast Europe, the OSCE Mission to Montenegro and the British Embassy in Podgorica.

The seminar brought together international and domestic legal experts, representatives of institutions responsible for the exercise and protection of human rights and freedoms, as well as representatives of courts, prosecutors’ offices, the legal profession and the non-governmental sector. The seminar was organized with the aim of encouraging a constructive debate on the effects of the implementation of fair trial standards in Montenegrin practice, as well as on possible changes in the direction of harmonizing domestic legislation with the standards of the European Court of Human Rights.

The seminar was moderated by Mr. Nenad Koprivica, Executive Director of CEDEM, while introductory speeches were given by Mr. Lyndon Radnedge, Deputy Ambassador of the United Kingdom; Mr. Uwe Meerkötter, Deputy Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany; Mr. Thorsten Geissler, Head of the Rule of Law Program for Southeast Europe, Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS); Ms. Biljana Braithwaite, Program Manager for the Western Balkans, AIRE Center, London, and Ms. Maja Milošević, Director of the Judicial Training Center.

Speakers at the seminar were Mr. Toby Cadman, Attorney, Nine Bedford Row International; Mr. Predrag Tabaš, Judge of the High Court in Podgorica; Mrs. Biljana Braithwaite; Mr. Siniša Bjeković, Member of the Government Working Group for Negotiations with the EU for Chapter 24; Mr. Zoran Radović, President of the Basic Court in Podgorica and Mr. Petar Stojanović, Judge of the Supreme Court of Montenegro.

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