School of public control

What is this?

What is this?

The school of public control is live discussions, exchange of experience and a lot of practical classes in groups. During the course, we explain what human rights are and why we all need them.

If you want to work in the public interest, if you want to create a comfortable space for yourself and others, then our School is what you need. You can make courts, police, clinics and other state institutions more accessible and work for the good of the person, and we will help you with this.

What will you learn?

8 seminars

The School program consists of 8 seminars, each lasting 6 hours. Seminars are held every two weeks.

5 months

The duration of the full course is 5 months.

2 events

An important part of the course is practice: you will take part in at least two public control events together with experienced observers from the Republic who will support you.

In 2019, two graduates of the first course joined the updated composition of the Public Monitoring Commission of Mari El Republic of the fifth convocation, where they are engaged in protecting the rights of prisoners in places of detention. The school of public control is not just a lecture for general development, but a step towards human rights and public work.


The course program includes

Introductory module on human rights

We will explain what human rights are, why they are needed and where they came from.

Fundamentals of public control in Russia

We will tell you what public control is, talk about its varieties, and explain its Russian specifics.

Training on conflict-free communication

Public control is always about communication. It is important for the observer to establish a relationship with any person. During the course, we will explain how to do this and avoid getting into conflict situations.

Work in Public Monitoring Commissions

PMC is a special type of public control that is aimed at protecting the rights of prisoners. Regime institutions are closed to ordinary citizens, the possibility of arbitrariness is higher there, so the work of conscious observers is extremely necessary.

Monitoring of courts and police

We will tell you what rights we have when dealing with the police, how to behave in courts. You will be able to communicate with the police on an equal footing.

Own choice for public control

During School, you and your team will choose the social sphere that is most interesting to you. Experts will help you create an observation algorithm. For example, participants in the first School have monitored children′s clinics.

become a public observer and change the world around you for the better


Experts and coaches

All speakers of the School are well-known human rights activists, lawyers and public figures from Mari El Republic and other regions of Russia. Every time we try to invite new experts to diversify the course. So, if you were a member of the school last time, you would be interested in attending lectures for the second time.


Andrei Yurov

human rights activist, social philosopher, research supervisor of the International school of human rights and civil action, Voronezh.


Igor Sazhin

human rights activist from Syktyvkar, member of the Board of International Memorial, Komi Republic.


Nikolai Kretov

coordinator of the joint public observation group, coordinator of public campaigns of the Moscow Helsinki group, Moscow. Nikolai Gusakov - psychologist with 40 years of experience, expert of projects of the organization “Man and Law”.


Nikolai Gusakov

psychologist with 40 years of experience, expert of projects of the organization “Man and Law”.


Irina Protasova

human rights activist, chairwoman of the organization “Man and Law”.


Olga Vasileva

employee of the organization “Man and Law”, chairwoman of the PMC of the IV convocation.


Igor Averkiev

human rights activist, chairman of the Perm civil chamber, Perm region.


Alexandra Pentalina

coordinator of the joint public observation group, Moscow.


Robert Latypov

historian, chairman of the Perm branch of “Memorial”, Perm region.

Reviews of the School graduates

Anna Kosareva

a student

picture I got into the school of public control by accident and did not regret about my choice. I learned a lot of useful information here. First of all, about your rights, how you can protect them and that no one but me will do it. Irina Vyacheslavovna and Olga told everything in an accessible language and motivated us to act. A nice bonus was that we were able to apply our knowledge not only in theory, but also in practice, checking children′s clinics. Thank you very much for your experience and knowledge, and I wish the human rights organization "Man and Law" further fruitful and successful work.


a student

picture I came to the school of public control without any knowledge of the public control at all. The school gave me an intuitive understanding that I am not legally defenseless. I should be treated like a human being, and I can influence that. You can′t solve the problem in an abstract hospital with money or yelling. If each person can say how a certain process should take place and why, with reference to the law, in this case, and only in this case, the state machine will work as it should. This is still a long way, but the first group of school graduates will be followed by the second, and then the third, and these will be additional building blocks for a better future.

Rafael Galiakhmetov

a medical assistant

picture The school was very useful to me. I learned a lot of new interesting things, met good people who really change life for the better, forcing our state (as it is more authoritarian) to turn its face to its citizens. I am grateful to all our coaches, especially, of course, the organizers and moderators of the project. But, having considered the theory of "human rights", and etc., now we need practice, since practice is much more interesting and effective than theory. In our modern social and political reality, a serious restructuring of the "state = citizen" relationship is required. And, of course, without the practical application of the concept of human rights, only a few things can be changed in our country now.