Justice and Legal Co-operation Department

Our mission: To offer technical support for reform and institution-building, provide training to key professionals and raise human rights awareness

The Justice and Legal Cooperation Department is responsible for the Steering Committee on Legal Cooperation and for the Council of Europe’s justice committees, that is the CEPEJ, the CCJE and the CCPE.

Alongside this standard-setting and advisory work, the Department provides concrete assistance to national authorities and relevant institutions and bodies in the fields of independence and efficiency of justice, human rights, and criminal justice reform. In the human rights field, the training of professional groups on the ECHR is a particular priority and the HELP Programme, also run by the Department, is the primary vehicle for this. The project work is still mainly carried out in Council of Europe member states but the Council of Europe’s expertise is increasingly being solicited in the so-called Neighborhood countries where the focus is on efficiency of justice and legislative expertise.