European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ)
Ms Zuzana FiÅ¡erovÃ¡
WORDS FROM THE CHAIR
I am most honoured to accept the
chairmanship of CDCJ, a position that has been held by my many remarkable
predecessors. I intend to guide the committeeâs members in
their work and discussions as effectively and as efficiently as
possible and uphold the trust they have placed in me. (to
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High-Level Conference of
Ministers of Justice and representatives of the Judiciary
(Sofia, Bulgaria, 21-22 April
Topic: Strengthening Judicial Independence and Impartiality as
for the Rule of Law in Council of Europe Member States
Bulgaria (21 Avril 2016) - How can
judicial independence and impartiality in Europe be
strengthened and what role can the Council of Europle
play to help? Ministers of Justice, Judges, Ambassadors
and representatives of the judiciary meet to discuss
this issue in Sofia today at the High Level
Conference of Ministers of Justice and representatives
of the Judiciary on Strengthening judicial independence
and impartiality as a Pre-condition for the Rule of Law
in Council of Europe Member States.
The conference is organised by the Ministry
of Justice of the Republic of Bulgaria in co-operation
with the Council of Europe under the Bulgarian
Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the
Council of Europe.
General of the Council of Europe, ThorbjÃ¸rn Jagland,
will be opening the Conference along with the Prime
Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria, Mr BoÃ¯ko Borissov,
the Minister of Justice of the Republic of Bulgaria, Ms
Ekaterina Zaharieva and the Minister of Foreign Affairs
of the Republic of Bulgaria, Daniel Mitov.
The aim of the
Conference is to stimulate the dialogue between the
Council of Europe and its member states on problems of
independence and impartiality of the judiciary. The
event will serve as a forum for the discussion and
planning of initiatives of the Council of Europe and its
member states to strengthen the rule of law and develop
a common response to emerging challenges in this area.
A Council of
Europe Plan of Action on strengthening judicial
independence and impartiality, prepared at the
initiative of the Secretary General and adopted by the
Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 13
April 2016, will be presented and discussed at the
Conference. Concrete actions that can be taken to
implement this Plan of Action will also be identified.
Topics of paramount
importance such as the role of the judiciary in a
democratic state and its relations with the executive
and the legislature, how to protect the independence of
individual judges and ensure their impartiality, and how
to secure public trust in the judicial process will be
addressed in three separate sessions at the Conference.
Council of Europe Plan of Action on strengthening
judicial independence and impartiality
Call for tenders:
Consultants for the project on
strengthening judicial ethics in Turkey|
The Council of Europe is looking for consultants for co-operation in the
development, promotion and implementation of a judicial ethics code for
judges and prosecutors in Turkey. Various profiles are sought, including
experts in legal review, judicial co-operation, law development, social
research, public relations, communication, training design and delivery.
More information is available in the Call for Tenders (2016/AO/17).
Deadline for tendering is 18 April 2016.
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
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), (for
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