European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ)

 


European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ)  


Ms Zuzana Fišerová
(Czech Republic)

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 committee’s members in their work and discussions as effectively and as efficiently as possible and uphold the trust they have placed in me. (to find out more)
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High-Level Conference of Ministers of Justice and representatives of the Judiciary (Sofia, Bulgaria, 21-22 April 2016)
Topic: Strengthening Judicial Independence and Impartiality as a Pre-condition for the Rule of Law in Council of Europe Member States

Sofia, 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.

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, will be opening the Conference along with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria, Mr Boïko 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.

Resources:
Council of Europe Plan of Action on strengthening judicial independence and impartiality
Programme

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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.
 

Opinion on the Law on the Protection of Privacy and on the law on the Protection of Whistleblowers of “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, adopted by the Venice Commission at its 106th plenary session (Venice, 11-12 March 2016) 

 2015 annual report on the implementation of the 2014-2017 Gender Equality Strategy is available on the gender equality website and the Council of Europe main portal.
 
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),
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HIGHLIGHTS
Conference on “Promoting Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Ambitions, Impact and Challenges Ahead”
See the Brief Report of the Conference on “Promoting Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Ambitions, Impact and Challenges Ahead” (Dublin, Ireland on 5-6 November 2015)

 
Workshop on Strategic Planning for the Ukrainian National Bar Association, 9-10 October 2015, Kyiv, Ukraine see more

 

European Court of Human Rights:
  Matúz v. Hungary;  Judgment; Press Release - Whistleblowing journalist dismissed for publishing a book criticising his employer in breach of confidentiality clause
  Mennesson / Labassee v. France; Judgment - Mennesson; Judgment - Labassee; Press Release  (French only) liens de filiation pour des enfants nés d’une GPA à l’étranger (links of filiation for children born through surrogacy (GPA) abroad).


 Council of Europe Treaties - recent developments.