While the Polish Society of Anti-Discrimination Law has observed increased activity in the legal community regarding human rights cases, the lawyers dealing with these issues are located primarily in Warsaw. In some voivodships, people whose human rights are breached can count on one or two lawyers for help, or cannot find any at all. Defending human rights is not a compulsory subject on law courses. The existing additional programs at institutions of higher education only fill this gap to a limited extent, usually on a theoretical level, with no option of acquiring practical skills. Current programs other than those at institutions of higher education define human rights in a manner that is not aligned with the idea of raising awareness of discrimination prevention issues.
Under the project, a program will be devised to develop human rights law leaders among future and current lawyers under the name Equal Rights Academy. The program will be developed in collaboration with student organizations active in defending human rights and with the legal community, with a focus on practical coaching on how to handle cases. The project will include a pilot scheme for the program in a group of 15 people. Four conference sessions are envisaged in the pilot plan, and one-on-one and group practical assignments concerning breach of human rights and the rule of law, and monitoring. When the pilot stage is completed, the final version of the program will be created. The project will be implemented by domestic partners, who will assist with the participant enrollment and training process, and organization of the conferences themselves.
The Equal Rights Academy aims to improve the skills and reach of the legal community with respect to anti-discrimination law. It also aims to provide training for 15 people to handle the cases of people whose human rights have been breached. The Equal Rights Academy program will go to more than 60 law course institutions for further use.