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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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Regional seminar on the “Hearing of the child in civil proceedings” (Lisbon, Portugal 25 November 2016) organised by the Council of Europe in co-operation with the Portuguese Ministry of Justice. The seminar provided participants with the opportunity to exchange views and information about practices in this respect. (Programme and photos)

Accountability of the Judicial System in Montenegro
A project aimed at increasing the accountability of the Judicial System in Montenegro will start in November 2016.  This project is funded by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe (to find out more).

Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child for 2016-2021 adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 2 March 2016.

Launching Conference of the new children's rights strategy (Sofia, 5-6 April 2016) with the participation of the CDCJ President Ms Zuzana Fišerová (Czech Republic).

Implementation of the 2014-2017 Gender Equality Strategy:  2015 annual report and results of the Tallinn Conference on “Are we there yet? Assessing progress, inspiring action” (30 June – 1 July 2016) are 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),
(for more on the Committee...).


HIGHLIGHTS

The Council of Europe conference on Human Rights and Biomedicine (Moscow, 26 April 2016) addressed the protection of human rights in the biomedical field, with a focus on ethical and legal aspects of organ donation, including aspects related to trafficking in human organs. The importance of free and informed consent of the donor, including for deceased donation, has been emphasised. It is equally important to keep a record of objections in an up-to-date, centralised register that should be consulted by medical professionals.

More information can also be found (in English and Russian) on the dedicated website, including a video of this event.

 
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 (more information on the conference page)
 
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)

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)
Council of Europe Treaties - recent developments.
 

CASE LAW
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).