EIN is recruiting!

About us

The European Implementation Network (EIN) is a non-governmental, member-based organisation set up to champion the implementation of European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) judgments. Its mission is to build and strengthen the ability of NGOs, injured parties and their lawyers to access every part of the Council of Europe (CoE) that can contribute to better implementation of these judgments; to advocate for full implementation of particular cases; and to support more robust structures that facilitate implementation at the national level. EIN undertakes initiatives ranging from supportive (information sharing, access, advice and technical support, capacity-building) to proactive (advocacy, new initiatives) to advance its vision and mission. Its work is overseen by a Bureau elected by its members.

The job

 Photo:  Gabriele Kahl Strategy Consulting

Photo: Gabriele Kahl Strategy Consulting

The Director is responsible for ensuring that EIN is forceful and effective in pursuing its mission. Applicants should have a strong commitment to securing full implementation of ECtHR judgments, an understanding of the essential role that NGOs should play in the implementation process, and the drive to greatly increase the scale and effectiveness of their contribution.

Applicants should have advanced competencies in the development of strategy, network building, capacity building, advocacy and communication (whether written or oral). They should be fluent in written and spoken English and have good knowledge/experience of the European Convention on Human Rights, and of planning and executing projects (including the financial aspects).

A working knowledge of French, and experience of fundraising and working with the board of an organization would also be valuable, as would a postgraduate qualification in a relevant field such as law, political science or public policy.

You can find here the full job description and statement of competencies.

EIN is also open to the possibility of covering the director’s functions through two part-time positions. Persons interested in this option should also complete the application form.

Location: Strasbourg, France

Contract: Funding for the next 12 months’ activity is considered to be secure. Applications that would extend this period have been submitted or are planned.  

Salary: Up to €50,000 per annum, depending on qualifications and experience.

The position will require modest amounts of international travel.

Relocation support will be provided, if necessary.

For information about recent EIN activities, see: http://www.einnetwork.org/

How to Apply

Please complete the application form which can be downloaded here

The closing date for applications is 18th August 2018. The interviews will take place on the 6th and 7th September in Strasbourg. The successful applicant will be expected to start duties as soon as possible thereafter.

If you have any questions concerning this application, please contact Nigel Warner at nwarner@gn.apc.org (except between 21 – 26 July when you should contact Basak Cali at cali@hertie-school.org).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Call for applications - EIN thematic training seminar on asylum & migration

The European Implementation Network (EIN) is calling for applications by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to participate in a thematic training seminar on advocating for full and effective implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR, ‘the Court’) in the field of asylum and migration.

The Court has, over the past years, developed a large body of case law on a range of issues relating to refugee and asylum policy, procedural requirements in the migration process, the reception conditions of migrants and asylum seekers, and their access to remedies in states parties to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). At the same time, advocating for the internationally recognised rights and freedoms of foreign nationals has become increasingly challenging in the face of a rise of populism across Europe, much of which has been fuelled by anti-immigration sentiment. It is therefore of paramount importance that asylum and immigration lawyers expand their strategies and develop new tools to uphold the rights of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, including by more actively promoting the implementation of relevant ECtHR judgments.   

NGOs are accorded a critical role in the Council of Europe’s (CoE) process that underpins the supervision by the Committee of Ministers (CM) of the implementation of these judgments (known as the CM judgment execution process). This is made possible under Rule 9.2. of the Rules of the CM. However, there is little readily accessible information on how this process works and how NGOs can engage with it to maximise its effect, with the result that this powerful mechanism for implementing human rights is underutilised. 

The aims of the seminar are to equip NGOs to use the CM judgment execution process to support full and effective implementation of ECtHR judgments; and to share best practice on advocating for implementation of the Court’s judgments in the asylum and migration field at the national level.

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Date and place of the seminar:

Date:                   Thursday, 11 – Friday, 12 October 2018
Place:                  Strasbourg, European Youth Centre (EYCS)
Arrival:                In the afternoon/evening of Wednesday, 10 October
Departure:          Friday, 12 October (afternoon at the earliest)

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE THIS CALL FOR APPLICATIONS WITH OTHER RELEVANT ORGANISATIONS.

Seminar content:
The seminar will cover the following issues:

  • The CM execution process and the role of NGOs;
  • How to use Rule 9.2 submissions to advocate for effective implementation of the ECtHR’s asylum/migration case law at national level: case studies;
  • Rule 9.2 submissions: group exercises on developing general measures and/or responses to non-implementation. The session is aimed at helping participants who have not engaged with the CM judgment execution process to do so – acquiring knowledge and expertise from other participants.
  • Advocacy: EIN and Strasbourg-based advocacy; advocating for improved implementation structures at the national level.

Training methodology:
The seminar will combine:

  • Presentations by experts on how to engage effectively with the CM judgment execution process;
  • Sharing of learning by participants who have already engaged with implementation of ECtHR judgments, whether through the CM judgment execution process or at the domestic level;
  • Group exercises to draft a Rule 9.2 submission on a case pending before the CM.  

It is envisaged that case studies will address some of the following themes: 

  • Ill-treatment in law enforcement of migrants, including asylum seekers;
  • Access to territory and collective expulsions;
  • Forced returns, freedom from torture and the right to an effective remedy;
  • Unlawful detention of migrants, including asylum seekers; and
  • Asylum procedures, reception and detention conditions (Dublin returns).

Target audience:
Staff of NGOs working on, or planning to work on, implementation of ECtHR judgments relating to asylum and/or migration; independent lawyers supporting NGOs in these activities.

Criteria for selection of participants:
Participants will be selected on the basis of following criteria:

  • The impact resulting from full and effective implementation of any (leading) cases their organisation is supporting.
  • Any relevant experience the participant is able to share. The training methodology requires a number of participants with particular attributes – some with experience in different aspects of implementation, others with cases which will be particularly suitable for group exercises.

Participants will be limited to one per NGO and are required to have a good working knowledge of English. They must be present for the full duration of the seminar.

Travel and accommodation expenses:
EIN will cover the costs of participants’ travel, accommodation, food and visas. Guidelines on the funding procedure will be provided to those applicants selected to participate.

Application process:
Please complete the application form and return to Anne-Katrin Speck (a.speck@mdx.ac.uk), with a copy to Agnes Ciccarone (aciccarone@einnetwork.org) by Friday, 17 August 2018. Please also arrange for your organisation to send a letter supporting your application, confirming that you have a good working knowledge of English and can be present for the full duration of the seminar.

The results of the application review will be made known to applicants in the first week of September.

 

 

 

Latest regional workshop delivered for NGOs on implementation of European Court judgments

In late March 2018, the European Implementation Network (EIN) put out a call for applications from civil society organisations for its second regional training workshop on the implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). The training took place at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg from 21 to 22 June. The first workshop was held from 2 to 3 February at the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights in Warsaw.

 Group photograph of the participants at the training. Photo: EIN

Group photograph of the participants at the training. Photo: EIN

The training was conceived based on the fact that civil society organisations have a critical role to play in the process that underpins the supervision of the implementation of ECtHR judgments by the Committee of Ministers – the Council of Europe’s decision-making body responsible for the judgement implementation process. The access that is afforded to NGOs and other civil society organisations is made possible under Rule 9.2. of the Rules of the Committee of Ministers.

 Nigel Warner, EIN Treasurer, and Kevin Steeves, EIN Director, open the regional training workshop. Photo: Ramute Remezaite. 

Nigel Warner, EIN Treasurer, and Kevin Steeves, EIN Director, open the regional training workshop. Photo: Ramute Remezaite. 

Yet there is little readily accessible information on how the judgement execution process works and how civil society organisations can engage to best effect. The result is that this powerful mechanism for implementing human rights judgments is very underutilised. The total number of NGO submissions is consistently low, normally in the range of 70-90 each year. In contrast, there are well over 800 government action plans and action reports being submitted annually to the Committee of Ministers. As a result, there is not enough non-governmental analysis and perspective being presented to the Committee of Ministers in order for it to make a balanced assessment on the status of implementation of many important ECtHR cases. 

This lack of knowledge and engagement by NGOs and other civil society organisations needs to be understood in the larger context of the many, many thousands of ECtHR cases still pending implementation or only partially implemented each year. In 2017, 7,500 cases were pending. Of these approximately 1,400 cases are so-called “leading cases” that require the putting in place of broader measures (so-called “general measures”) in the form of domestic legal, policy and institutional reforms needed to prevent repetition of the violation in question in the future. It is on these cases where civil society input in particular is required in order to help societies realise real positive change in the overall context of promoting and protecting human rights in Europe. 

From the many applications received, 22 lawyers and other experts from NGOs and other civil society organisations from across Europe were selected for the training workshop. Those other qualified applicants not selected due to limited space may be considered for similar training in the future as well as for thematic training on implementation that EIN expects to conduct on topics such as asylum and migration, fair trials and others.

Other workshop participants and presenters included EIN secretariat staff and Bureau members, a Head of Division in the Council of Europe’s Department for the Execution of Judgments of the ECtHR, a Legal Adviser of the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights in France, a Head of Division as well as an Adviser to the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights, and others.

Workshop participants covered a number of topics over the course of the one-and-a-half days of interactive training. These included the various facets of the judgment execution process, the role of NGOs in the process, best practices on how to prepare Rule 9.2 submissions and advocacy strategies and tactics both in Strasbourg and at the national level. The workshop combined presentations by experts on how to engage effectively in the judgment execution process; sharing of learning by participants who have already engaged with implementation; and group exercises to help participants develop the content and recommendations in submissions they expect to prepare in the future for the Committee of Ministers.

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