In brief - Briefing note



Round Table on domestic mechanisms for effective implementation of the European Courts judgments

A Round Table attended by representatives of the Council of Europe Member States was held in Tirana, Albania, on 15 and 16 December 2011. Opened by the Minister of Justice of Albania, Eduard Halimi, the Round Table aimed at sharing states experience of mechanisms to ensure timely and effective implementation of the European Court of Human Rights judgments. Discussions focused in particular on Recommendation (2008)2 of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers designed to strengthen domestic capacity for rapid execution of the European Courts judgments.

Participants actively discussed the range of approaches developed at domestic level for the rapid execution of the European Courts judgments and challenges faced by them. Encouraging developments of cooperation and consultations between different authorities at domestic level were presented. It appeared that the need for a coordinator (most frequently the Government agents offices) has been widely accepted and has considerably developed since the adoption of Recommendation (2008)2. It also emerged from the discussions that clear and express support from the highest state organs, including at political level, was frequently of great importance for successful cooperation amongst authorities involved in the execution process. Concrete steps were identified by the participants that could significantly assist in enhancing domestic capacity for rapid execution of the European Courts judgments.

The Round Table was organised with the financial support of the Human Rights Trust Fund within the project Removing the obstacles to the enforcement of domestic court judgments/Ensuring an effective implementation of domestic court judgments.

Conclusions of the Round Table