SIHRG has collaborated with Citizens Watch St Petersburg for two years on training programmes in Russian cities and study visits to the UK for two years.

Our most recent collaboration took place in St Petersburg on 4th and 5th December 2018 on UK domestic violence law and practice. 

Our trainers were Robert Hush. a member of SIHRG, family law solicitor and senior lecturer at London South Bank University.  He co-presented with the Deputy Senior District Judge (Chief Magistrate) and solicitor Tan Ikram.

On the first day the Russian lawyers took part in a role play, based on a case study,  interviewing a victim of domestic abuse and were able to consider the difficulties in checking for domestic abuse and issues the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults.  Deputy Senior District Judge (Chief Magistrate), Tan Ikram presented about the work of the Domestic Abuse Court and how domestic abuse is considered in the criminal justice system.

On the second day there was a further case study based on a civil case and Robert Hush presented on the development of civil remedies to protect people from domestic abuse and forced marriage in England and wales, noting initiatives from the Welsh Assembly.  The presentation also considered the significance of domestic abuse in children cases and how the court rules have been adapted to protect vulnerable witnesses and parties.

The Russian organiser's feedback included the following: "They were both brilliant. The workshop went really well, and I have already received very positive feedback from the trainees."

SIHRG will assist with a study visit in 2019.

We seek someone who will help with logistics before and during the study visit.  The job will include liaising with hosting organisations, making payment arrangements (fees, hotels, lunches etc), ordering drinks and refreshments for the social event, sending out invitations, etc. A fee will be payable. The position may suit a student or similar. If you are interested please apply here