Independent Council of Legal Expertise
Grants to Independent Council of Legal Expertise
2012 (Duration 3 years)
Human Rights & International Justice
MOSCOW, RUSSIA — This three-year grant of $375,000 to the Independent Council of Legal Expertise will support a project to strengthen access to justice in the Russian Federation. The grantee, based in Moscow, brings a network of leading Russian academic legal experts and practicing lawyers to provide legal support for public interest litigation by non-profits. Where appropriate, the grantee will take cases to the Russian Constitutional Court, the Russian Supreme Court, and the European Court of Human Rights. The grantee will publish case commentaries on its website. The project will also build a much-needed dialogue between the judicial community and civil society through the creation of "public advisory councils" of judges and civil society leaders in at least four Russian regions. The project will provide legal advice to journalists and media outlets, and train journalists in court reporting.
The MacArthur Foundation awarded Independent Council of Legal Expertise $375,000 between 2010 and 2013.