European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ)

 


European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ)  

Ms Zuzana Fišerová
(Czech Republic)

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I am most honoured to accept the chairmanship of CDCJ, a position that has been held by my many remarkable predecessors.  I intend to guide the committee’s members in their work and discussions as effectively and as efficiently as possible and uphold the trust they have placed in me. (to find out more)
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Strengthening judicial ethics in Turkey:

 A project aimed at promoting judicial ethics, ensuring the implementation of a Code of Judicial Ethics in Turkey, was launched in Ankara on 4 May 2016. This project is funded by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe. (see Press Release)

Council of Europe Calls for tenders for Consultants and International Co-ordinators: Deadline for applications 3 June 2016.

More information on this Project and Call for tenders can be found on the web page of the Project
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High-Level Conference of Ministers of Justice and representatives of the Judiciary (Sofia, Bulgaria, 21-22 April 2016)
Topic: Strengthening Judicial Independence and Impartiality as a Pre-condition for the Rule of Law in Council of Europe Member States

Sofia 21/04/2016

Justice ministers and judiciary representatives from across Europe have given their backing to the Council of Europe’s new 2016-2021 action plan on strengthening judicial independence and impartiality.

At the high-level conference "Strengthening Judicial Independence and Impartiality as a Pre-condition for the Rule of Law in Council of Europe Member States", organised by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Bulgaria in co-operation with the Council of Europe under the Bulgarian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, justice ministers from the Council of Europe’s 47 member states and representatives of the judiciary agreed to take the necessary steps to implement the plan.

Opening the conference, together with Daniel Mitov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria and Chair of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers and Ekaterina Zaharieva, Minister for Justice of Bulgaria, Thorbjørn Jagland Council of Europe Secretary General said: “It is vital that judicial independence and impartiality exist in practice and are secured by law. It is equally important that public confidence in the judiciary be maintained or restored. The measures proposed are designed to promote a culture of respect for judicial independence and impartiality, which is crucial in a democratic society based on human rights and the rule of law.”

The objectives set include:

  • establishing mechanisms to fully implement member states’ obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights to guarantee access to an independent and impartial tribunal;
  • improving or establishing formal legal guarantees of judicial independence and impartiality and putting in place the necessary structures, policies and practices to ensure that these guarantees are respected and that the judicial branch functions properly;
  • safeguarding and strengthening the judiciary in its relations with the executive and legislature;
  • reinforcing the independence of the prosecution service;
  • building public trust in the judiciary, including by taking society as a whole into account in the composition of tribunals and the judiciary.

Welcome addressby Ekaterina Zaharieva, Minister of Justice of Bulgaria
Speech by Thorbjørn Jagland, Council of Europe Secretary General
Concluding speech by Ekaterina Zaharieva, Minister of Justice of Bulgaria.

(more information on the conference page)

The Council of Europe conference on Human Rights and Biomedicine (Moscow, 26 April 2016) addressed the protection of human rights in the biomedical field, with a focus on ethical and legal aspects of organ donation, including aspects related to trafficking in human organs. The importance of free and informed consent of the donor, including for deceased donation, has been emphasised. It is equally important to keep a record of objections in an up-to-date, centralised register that should be consulted by medical professionals.

More information can also be found (in English and Russian) on the dedicated website, including a video of this event.

Opinion on the Law on the Protection of Privacy and on the law on the Protection of Whistleblowers of “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, adopted by the Venice Commission at its 106th plenary session (Venice, 11-12 March 2016) 

Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child for 2016-2021 adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 2 March 2016.
Launching Conference  (Sofia, 5-6 April 2016) with the participation of the CDCJ President Ms Zuzana Fišerová (Czech Republic).

Implementation of the 2014-2017 Gender Equality Strategy  - 2015 annual report is available on the gender equality website and the Council of Europe main portal.
 
 
AT A GLANCE

The European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ) is an intergovernmental body, set up in 1963 under the auspices of the Committee of Ministers, which is responsible for the standard-setting activities of the Council of Europe in the field of public and private law.

The CDCJ's main role is to draw up standards commonly accepted by the 47 member states and to foster legal co-operation among them.

The CDCJ is composed of representatives of all member states - principally from the ministries of justice - who meet once a year at the headquarters of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg (France),
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HIGHLIGHTS
Conference on “Promoting Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Ambitions, Impact and Challenges Ahead”
See the Brief Report of the Conference on “Promoting Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Ambitions, Impact and Challenges Ahead” (Dublin, Ireland on 5-6 November 2015)
 
 Council of Europe Treaties - recent developments.

 

European Court of Human Rights:
  MatĂşz v. Hungary;  Judgment; Press Release - Whistleblowing journalist dismissed for publishing a book criticising his employer in breach of confidentiality clause
  Mennesson / Labassee v. France; Judgment - Mennesson; Judgment - Labassee; Press Release  (French only) liens de filiation pour des enfants nĂ©s d’une GPA Ă  l’étranger (links of filiation for children born through surrogacy (GPA) abroad).