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European Conference of Prosecutors - Saint Petersburg (Russian Federation),
2-3 July 2008

"The role of the public prosecution in the protection of human rights and public interests outside the criminal law field"

A Conference on the theme "The role of the public prosecution in the protection of human rights and public interests outside the criminal law field" was held in Saint Petersburg (Russian Federation) on 2-3 July 2008.

At the close of their two-day discussions dealing with the role of the Public Prosecution outside the criminal law field, the Prosecutors General of the 47 Council of Europe member states, stressed the importance for prosecution services to respect principles enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights and the case law of the European Court of Human Rights.

The participants underlined that despite the absence of common European legal norms and rules regarding tasks, functions and organisation of prosecution services, in all Council of Europe member states, prosecutors have an important role and duty to protect human rights, safeguard the law and defend the public interest. (more...)

Speeches


Wednesday 2 July

 

9:00 - 9:30

Opening address by Yuri Chayka, Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation - Russian only

Opening address by Terry Davis, Secretary General of the Council of Europe

"The prosecutor: a pillar for democratic society" by Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

 

9:30 - 10:30

"Protection of human rights and prosecution services in Germany" by Brigitte Zypries, Federal Minister of Justice of Germany - German | Russian

"Protection of individual interests of children, elderly people, disabled people, victims and other vulnerable groups, conducted by the prosecution services" by Tetiana Korniakova, Deputy Prosecutor General (Ukraine)

"Activity of the prosecution services of human rights and public interests in the European countries of the continental law system" by Jean-Jacques Zirnhelt, President of the Council of General Prosecutors of the French Republic

 

 

Programme and Conclusions

Programme

- English

- Русский (Russian version)


Conclusions

- English

- Русский (Russian version)


Meeting report of the working group

 

Press

Final press release

Press release

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Contact

 

Useful documents

Opinion No.1 (2007)on "Ways to improve international co-operation in the criminal justice field"

Recommendation (2000)19

Report on the Role of the public prosecution service outside the field of criminal justice by Dr. András Zs. VARGA

Previous conferences

 

Conference venue

Konstantinovsky Palace
Saint Petersburg

11:00 - 12:00

"The relation between the activity of the prosecution in protection of human rights in and outside of the criminal law field" by Peter Polt, Prosecutor (Hungary)

"Issues of protection of human rights and public interests in the work of the Coordinating Council of the Prosecutors General of the Member States of the Commonwealth of Independent States" by Agvhan Hovsepian, Prosecutor General (Armenia)

"Activity of the prosecution services in protection of human rights and public interests in the European countries of the common law system" by Petros Clerides, Attorney General (Cyprus)

 

13:45 - 16:00

"Summary of the second report on the Role of Public Prosecutors outside the Criminal Field" by Prof. András Sz. Varga, Prosecutor (Hungary), Expert of the CCPE

"The role of public prosecutors outside the criminal law field – European standards from the perspective of the European Court of Human Rights" by Egbert Myjer, Judge at the European Court of Human Right

"The role of the prosecutor services as regards non-criminal matters in different legal systems: different legal traditions and practices to defend common standards and goals – the constitutional perspective" by Hanna Suchocka, Ambassador of Poland to the Holy See, Vice-President of the Venice Commission

"Non-prosecutorial functions of the prosecutor in common law countries" by James Hamilton, Director of Public Prosecutions (Ireland)

"Supervision by the prosecution services over the activity of police and other law-enforcement agencies" by Claude Nicati, Deputy Prosecutor General (Switzerland)

"The role of prosecution services in the supervision of the functioning of courts" by Cédric Visart de Bocarmé, Prosecutor General of Liege (Belgium)

 

Thursday 3 July

 

9:00 - 12:00

"Protection of human rights and public interests conducted by the prosecution services outside criminal law system, especially in the field of environment protection, labour law, health protection, consumer’s rights" by Joao Manuel Da Silva Miguel, Deputy Prosecutor General (Portugal)

"The role of public prosecution in protection of public and state interests in court and other agencies" by Harald Range, Chairman of the CCPE

"Supervision of the prosecution services on lawfulness of holding persons in custody and execution of criminal sentences" by Janis Mizitis, Prosecutor General (Latvia)