The Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina held a two-day seminar dedicated to the improvement of the quality of the decisions of the Constitutional Court modelled after the European Court of Human Rights.
The aim of this training was to improve the quality of the decisions of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina to facilitate the use of the case law of the European Court of Human Rights as best as possible. In addition, the aim was to introduce the participants to the appropriate way of writing concise decisions.
Lawyers from the Office of the Registrar of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina participated in the seminar held in Sarajevo on 3 and 4 November 2022.
During the first day, the participants were instructed on how to write concise decisions. Instructors, Ms. Enida Turkušić and Mr. Aleksandar Ristanić, Senior Legal Advisers of the European Court of Human Rights, introduced the participants to the method of identification of the allegations of appeal and corresponding Articles of the European Convention on Human Rights, relevant facts and principles. They were introduced to the tools to search the case law of the European Court of Human Rights.
During the second day of the seminar, the participants discussed the presumption of innocence and minimum rights to defence, as well as the outcome of proceedings, arbitrariness in decision-making and length of the proceedings.
The President of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ms. Valerija Galić, opened the seminar.
The seminar was supported by the AIRE Centre Western Balkans within the framework of the project Strengthening judicial response to serious and organised crime and impunity in BiH, which has been implemented from 2022 to 2025 with funding from the UK Government. Some of the overall aims of the project are to increase the consistency and transparency of the national case law and to encourage the Cosntitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina to align its decisions with the jurisprudence of the European Court Human Rights, in particular in the criminal justice sphere.