10th International Judicial Conference in Strasbourg from 23 to 24 May

The Courts and Terrorism

Over 140 chief justices and judges from the Supreme, Constitutional and Arbitration Courts of Europe and judicial observers from around 60 countries on four continents will gather in the Palais de l'Europe on 23 and 24 May for the tenth International Judicial Conference, organised by the Washington-based Center for Democracy and the Council of Europe. Participants will consider the need to balance government action to combat terrorism with due regard for human rights. Council of Europe Secretary General Walter Schwimmer will open the conference on 23 May.

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Programme

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Participants list

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Photos

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Useful links

Theme file « Terrorism »

The Center for Democracy

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Walter Schwimmer: Terrorism must be defeated with utmost vigour but not at any cost

“Ultimately, it is for the courts to ensure that the balance be struck between the obligation to provide protection against terrorist acts and the obligation to safeguard human rights” the Secretary General said today in his opening speech of the international Judicial Conference on “the Courts and terrorism”

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''Les Etats-Unis ont pris conscience tardivement des dangers du terrorisme''

Interview with Professor Allen WEINSTEIN

President of the Centre for Democracy

(French only – translation available soon)

Press release of the Washington-based Center for Democracy

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Panel One: Judicial Response to Terrorism: National Venues

Cándido Conde-Pumpido Tourón, Justice of the Supreme Court of Spain

Hilario G. Davide, Jr. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines

Lloyd George, United States District Judge

Panel Two: Judicial Response to Terrorism: International Venues

Guy de Vel, Director General of Legal Affairs at the Council of Europe

The Honorable Eugene R. Sullivan, United States Court of Appeals Judge

Panel Three: Balancing Necessity and Human Rights in Response to Terrorism

Erwin Felzmann, President of the Supreme Court of Austria

Francis Murphy, Justice of the Supreme Court of Ireland

Jacque Robert, Vice-President of The Venice Commission

Luzius Wildhaber, President of the European Court of Human Rights

Panel Four: Judicial Response to Terrorism: A Concluding Dialogue

Yueh-Sheng Weng, President of the Judicial Yuan, Taiwan

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Speeches

Luzius Wildhaber, President of the Court of Human Rights [23..05.2002]

Walter Schwimmer, Council of Europe Secretary General [23.05.2002]

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Biographies

Luzius Wildhaber, President of the Court of Human Rights

Walter Schwimmer, Council of Europe Secretary General