Sir Louis Blom-Cooper at the launch of CWI in March 2016

September 2018

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.


February 2018

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.

January 2018

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.

December 2017

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.

October 2017

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.

September 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.

April 2017

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.

March 2017

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.

February 2017

Professional Development and Legal Market Seminar

Seminars to take place in St Petersburg and Kaliningrad 18-19 February 2017

January 2017

Training in Trial Skills Seminars

Seminars to take place in St Petersburg and Kaliningrad 20-22 January 2017

December 2016

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”.

November 2016

Working with Offenders in the Community. Alternative Forms of Justice

Seminar to be held in St Petersburg, 11-12 November 2016.

October 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

March 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).

February 2016

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.

The Study Visit Programme>>

Study Visit Report and Feedback from Participants>>

Report of the Visit by Arkady Gutnikov, Director of the St Petersburg Institute of Law>>

Quotes from Russian Lawyers Visiting London on Study Visit

““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.