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Administrative Law and Justice

The Council of Europe attaches great importance to administrative law and justice as part of its objective to protect the rule of law, a core value of the organisation. Many activities have been carried out in this field by an intergovernmental committee of experts, the Project Group on Administrative Law (CJ-DA).

The Council of Europe is currently working on updating the handbook entitled “The Administration and You” which summarises and illustrates several decades of work undertaken by the Council of Europe in this field. By setting out the principles of substantive administrative law and administrative procedure which are considered to be of primary importance for the protection of private persons in their relations with the administrative authorities, this publication is of great use to legislators, judges, ombudsmen, administrators, lawyers and members of the general public. For this reason, and taking account of the legal developments which have taken place since its publication at the end of the 1990s, it was deemed necessary and urgent to update this handbook.

Focus on the rule of law
29th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers of Justice, Tromsø (Norway), June 2009
Resolution N°3 on Council of Europe action to promote the rule of law
The Council of Europe and rule of law – an overview
CM(2008)170, 21 November 2008
Project Group on Administrative (CJ-DA)

The Project Group on Administrative Law (CJ-DA) is an intergovernmental committee of experts set up under the authority of the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ), itself directly responsible to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The CJ-DA is responsible for carrying out the legal activities of the Council of Europe in the field of administrative law and justice.

In conformity with its terms of reference, the Working party of the Project Group on Administrative Law (CJ-DA-GT) has prepared a questionnaire on the law and practice of the member states on administrative appeals. On the basis of the replies received to this questionnaire and the analysis made by the scientific expert, the CJ-DA-GT then prepared a report.

With a view to promoting an area of common legal standards throughout Europe, the CJ-DA has prepared a draft recommendation, accompanied with a consolidated model code of good administration, in order to strengthen the legal framework of good administration as an essential element of good governance and improve the functioning of public administration and relations between the administration and individuals. The Recommendation CM/Rec(2007)7 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on good administration was adopted on 20 June 2007.

Plenary Meetings of the Project Group on Administrative Law (CJ-DA)
Meetings of the Working Party of the Project Group on Administrative Law (CJ-DA-GT)
Terms of reference
 Chairs and Vice-Chairs of the CJ-DA