Around the world, the space for dissent is rapidly shrinking. Courts, in particular, are being used as tools of oppression. By providing a neutral report of what happens in court, trial monitors can help ensure that rights are respected and abuses exposed.
In response to this need, the Clooney Foundation for Justice (CFJ) developed a trial monitoring training course in collaboration with, & approved by, the United Nations (UN) Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
The training program teaches the basics of how to be a trial monitor. It gathers all of the relevant international standards on what constitutes a fair trial. You’ll learn, for instance, how to behave in court when monitoring a trial. You’ll also learn about when a defendant has the right to a lawyer, what the defendant has to be told about the charges against them, and how quickly they are supposed to be tried.