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

Courts and terrorism: International Judicial Conference at the Council of Europe

Strasbourg, 16.05.2002 - The role of courts in the fight against terrorism, at national and international level, and finding a balance between necessity and human rights will be at the centre of the 10th International Judicial Conference in Strasbourg from 23 to 25 May.

Organised by the Washington-based Center for Democracy with the co-operation of the Council of Europe, the conference will bring together more than 140 participants, most of them chief justices and judges from national high courts, from over sixty countries on four continents. Several members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, of the European Court of Human Rights, including its President and Vice-Presidents, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights and the Vice-President of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (the Venice Commission) will also take part.

At the opening of the conference, Professor Allen Weinstein and Frederick P. Furth, President and Director of the Center for Democracy respectively, will present Walter Schwimmer, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, with the International Democracy Award.

The inaugural session at 9 am on Thursday 23 May will be open to the press (Room 1, Palais de l'Europe). The programme of the conference and the list of participants are available on http://www.coe.int/Files/terrorism

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