European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ)


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European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ)
  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).

Francesco Crisafulli (Italy)

A Word from the Chair
Welcome to the website of the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ).

At the 89th plenary meeting (29-31 October 2014), I was most honoured to be re-elected President of the CDCJ for 2015. This plenary meeting was particularly dynamic, setting out an ambitious programme for 2015 that will stimulate the Committee to go even further in its work towards the protection and promotion of individual rights within Europe's changing and evolving legal systems (for more on the Committee ...).

CDCJ activities tackle common challenges such as those addressed in the draft recommendation on preventing and resolving disputes on child relocation that the Committee of Ministers will shortly consider for adoption, or the need to develop a legal instrument on the impact of the internet and new technologies on rules of evidence and modes of proof. More information on the activities and work of the Committee can be found by browsing through the menu to the left of this page.

The website will be updated as work advances and we would like to invite you to continue exploring on a regular basis so you can follow its progress.

We thank you for your visit and hope to see you again shortly on our website.

   Journal a weekly edition of the Council of Europe journal can be followed every Friday. 

European Court of Human Rights :
  Press Release, Cases: Martinez v. France and Labassee v. France - links of filiation for children born through surrogacy (GPA) abroad (available in French only)
Communiqué de Presse, Arrêts Mennesson c. France et Labassee c. France - liens de filiation pour des enfants nés d’une GPA à l’étranger (in French only)
Adopted Texts:

   Recommendation CM/Rec(2014)7 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on the protection of whistleblowers adopted on 30 April 2014.
Please click on the link for the unofficial German translation of Recommendaton CM/Rec(2014)7 and its Explanatory memorandum provided by the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection
 which can also be found under « Activities - Whistleblowers ».

  Council of Europe Treaties - recent developments

   Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2012-2015)
   Action Plan proposed for the implementation of the Strategy for the Rights of the Child
  Internet Governance – Council of Europe Strategy 2012-2015 

  Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE)
  Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE)
  European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission)
  Group of States against corruption (GRECO)
  Council of Europe Conferences of Ministers of Justice