Sir Louis Blom-Cooper at the launch of CWI in March 2016
Sir Louis Blom-Cooper QC
It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of Sir Louis Blom-Cooper who died on 19 September at the age of 92.
Sir Louis was one of the founding trustees of CWI and supported our work from the very beginning and to the last day of his outstanding life.
His reputation and status as an eminence grise brought enhanced credibility to the organisation on a local and international platform. Sir Louis generously gave his time and ideas to the projects enabling Russian and UK lawyers to work together.
He was an inspiration to the Board of CWI and its partners while also being a constant source of wisdom and great humour. We will always remember his warm smile, sharp sense of humour and glittering eyes that lit up all of our regular meetings.
“You have professional and personal responsibility to uphold principles of the rule of law,” said Sir Louis addressing young Russian lawyers at the launch of CWI in London. They took this message home.
Protecting the Rights of Migrants and Persons with Disabilities in the UK and Russia
At the final event of the project the 2017-18 Programme delegates of two study trips to the UK shared their impressions and observations with their colleagues from St Petersburg and other regions.
The seminar took place in St Petersburg on 16 February.
Study Visit on Immigration Law
A group of lawyers from St Petersburg, Novgorod, Kaliningrad and Krasnodar visited the UK with an aim to study the UK asylum process. The programme organised by the Nottingham University Human Rights Law Centre was a practice-oriented combination of visits to courts and meetings with judges, barristers, solicitors and NGOs specialising in the work with migrants and refugees.
Study Visit on Disability Law
A group of lawyers from St Petersburg were invited to the UK to get acquainted with the system of protection for disabled persons in England and Wales. An intense training in disability law was organised by the University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre. The programme included sessions with university professors, practising lawyers and NGO workers, as well as visits to a court and a mental hospital.
Interpreters and the Legal Process
Interpreters working with migrants and deaf persons were invited to discuss their work at court and police stations. The seminar took place in St Petersburg on 31 October 2017.
Defending the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Migrants
In the first part of CWI’s 2017-18 Programme, this first seminar took place on place on 29-30 September 2017 in St Petersburg in the premises of the Legal Training Centre.
Prosecuting and Defending in the English Courts – Video
In the second in our series of video lectures, barrister Flora Page shares her experience of acting for the defence and for the Crown in an interview with David Osborne.
Legal Lectures in Siberia
Lionel Blackman is to travel to Siberia to deliver lectures in three cities for members of local Bars and law students, concerning the use of visuals in criminal trials.
Professional Development and Legal Market Seminar
Seminars to take place in St Petersburg and Kaliningrad 18-19 February 2017
Training in Trial Skills Seminars
Seminars to take place in St Petersburg and Kaliningrad 20-22 January 2017
CWI Launch YouTube Channel
CWI has opened its channel on YouTube. The first video we have uploaded is the lecture by the legendary solicitor Alastair Logan OBE, entitled “The Price of Liberty is Eternal Vigilance”.
Working with Offenders in the Community. Alternative Forms of Justice
Seminar to be held in St Petersburg, 11-12 November 2016.
Work of a Defence Lawyer Before Trial – Seminars in St Petersburg and Tver, 10-13 October 2016
Seminars to be held in in St Petersburg and Tver 10-13 October 2016
Official Launch of CWI in London
CWI was launched in London on 4 March 2016 at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. Keynote speakers at the event included the charity’s trustees Sir Louis Blom-Cooper QC, Robert Brown and Andrew Bernhardt, and invited speakers Maria Razumovskaya and Sergey Golubok (Russia). The guests had an opportunity to speak with Russian lawyers who were in London on a study visit organised by CWI (see below).
Feb 2016 : Study Visit of Russian Lawyers to London
A one week study visit to London was organised in late February 2016 for a group of Russian lawyers, for their familiarisation with the UK justice system. The trip included observing trials at a Magistrate court, a Crown Court and the Royal Courts of Justice; as well as visits to the Middle Temple (as shown in photo above), a law firm, a police station, and meetings with judges and probation officers.
““A visit to Bishopsgate Police Station was full of unexpected and interesting experiences.”
“In court, I saw boundless respect exhibited by the participants of the trial toward each other.”
“We need to introduce probation service into the Russian criminal justice system.”
“We need to have video control at police stations in Russia, including video recording of interviews.”
Citizens' Watch International
Citizens' Watch International is a UK registered charity dedicated to promoting access to justice where human rights are at risk, particularly in Russia and the former Soviet Bloc countries.