bulgarie ouverture du coursFrom February 16th to 20th, the first module of a tailor-made training programme in children's rights for professionals, with a specialisation in juvenile justice, took place at the National Institute of Justice in Sofia, Bulgaria. Jean Zermatten, along with experts Nevena Vuckovic-Sahovic (Belgrade, Serbia) and Renate Winter (Vienna, Austria), leads the courses, which belong to a programme created by the IDE thanks to a collaboration between Switzerland and Bulgaria and the Bulgarian Ministry of Justice. The programme aims to establish specialised courts for children that are in conflict and in contact with (including victims and witnesses) the law in this country.

The programme started by analysing the current situation of justice for children and its compatibility with international standards, as well as proposed reforms ("pdfgap analysis," July 2014). The programme continues with three training instalments focusing on the penal system (judges, attorneys, inspectors, social workers, etc.).

This first 5 days long module covers the following topics:

  • Children's rights, the Convention and its application in Bulgaria
  • Questions on children's rights, specifically the right to be heard and the best interest of the child
  • The principal international standards in matters of juvenile justice
  • The impact of international standards in Bulgarian law and practice
  • The specific situation of courts in Bulgaria, from a practical standpoint
  • Apprenticeship of interdisciplinary work/practical cases and role-playing

Modules 2 and 3 will take place from the 10th to the 16th of July and from the 12th to the 16th of October 2015, respectively. Please note that a training programme geared specifically towards lawyers is also provided in this country by the IDE (two modules).

See also:

More information on IDE's tailor-made juvenile justice training.