In a political climate which encourages interdependence between states, international law is constantly developing, and is increasingly becoming a key factor in the organisation of inter-state relations. The Council of Europe is accordingly working to co-ordinate its member states' activities in this field.


53rd meeting of the CAHDI, Strasbourg, 23-24 March 2017

The Council of Europe does it through its Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law (CAHDI), an intergovernmental committee which brings together the legal advisers of the Ministries of foreign affairs of the member States of the Council of Europe as well as of a significant number of observer States and Organisations.

In this site you will be able to find out about the CAHDI, its structure, composition, functioning, as well as its activities including adopted texts, publications and unrestricted working documents.

Three databases containing information about the practice of Council of Europe member and observer states in various fields of public international law can be consulted on the site. Users can search for and consult information concerning "Immunities of States and international organisations", "Organisation and functions of the Office of the Legal Adviser in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs" and "Implementation of UN sanctions".

Statement of Ms Päivi Kaukoranta, Chair of the CAHDI, at the 1289th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies on 14th June 2017

14 June 2017 Strasbourg, France
The Chair of the CAHDI, Ms Päivi Kaukoranta, held an exchange of views with the Committee of Ministers on the 14th June 2017. The full version of the presentation of Ms Päivi Kaukoranta is available at the following link.

Declaration on Jurisdictional Immunities of State Owned Cultural Property

23 March 2017 Strasbourg, France
Background At the 45th meeting of the CAHDI (Strasbourg, 25-26 March 2013), the delegation of the Czech Republic, supported by the delegations of Austria and of the Netherlands, presented an initiative aimed at elaborating a Declaration in support of the recognition of the customary nature of the...

Presentation of Mr Ronny Abraham, President of the International Court of Justice, during the 53rd meeting of the CAHDI

24 March 2017 Strasbourg, France
The President of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Mr Ronny Abraham, provided the CAHDI with an overview of selected challenges currently being faced by the ICJ. In his presentation Mr Abraham underlined that during 2016 the ICJ experienced a high level of judicial activity and he...

Presentation of Mr Guido Raimondi, President of the European Court of Human Rights, during the 53rd meeting of the CAHDI

23 March 2017 Strasbourg, France
Mr Guido Raimondi provided the CAHDI experts with a general overview of the role and functioning of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) as well as its current caseload before turning, in more detail, to recent judgments before the ECHR relating to public international law. The full version...

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