The Directorate General Human Rights and Rule of Law has overall responsibility for the development and implementation of the human rights and rule of law standards of the Council of Europe, including the promotion of democracy through law, the operation of relevant treaties and related monitoring mechanisms and the development and implementation of cooperation activities in these fields.
The Directorate General puts into practice the Council of Europe's unique strategic triangle of standard-setting, monitoring and cooperation. Standards may be legally binding - such as conventions, or not - such as recommendations. Independent, expert bodies evaluate how the standards are implemented in the member States and make constructive recommendations how to improve. Where measures need to be taken in order for the standards to be met, targeted co-operation activities may be agreed with the member States.
The Directorate General is organised in three directorates: