Committee of Ministers Chairmanship – Netherlands : November 2003 - May 2003 

Government Agents to meet in the Hague

Strasbourg, 5 December 2003 – Building up the capacities of the Government Agents to the European Court of Human Rights in the face of growing case-load and ongoing reflection on the impact of the reform of the European Human Rights protection machinery on the work of Government Agents will be the topics of this two day meeting to be held in the Hague on 8-9 December 2003 in the context of the Dutch Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

The event will be opened by Mr Piet de Klerk, Human Rights Ambassador in the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and by Mr Günter Nagel, Head of Department for the Execution of Judgments. The meeting will be chaired by Mr Roeland Böcker, Government Agent of the Netherlands and by Mr Krzysztof Drzewicki, former Government Agent of Poland.

The highlights of the meeting include the relationship between Government Agents and domestic judges in ensuring the proper implementation of European Convention’s standards, the role of GAs in ensuring execution of the judgments of the Strasbourg Court and the question of ensuring compatibility of domestic legislation with European Human Rights standards. A separate session will be devoted to discussions on the impact on the work of Government Agents of the reform of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Government Agents from all Member States of the Council of Europe have been invited to take part in this event, which is being co-funded by the Council of Europe and the Dutch Government.

Government Agents represent national governments in pleading cases before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.