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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).

I was most honoured to be elected the new President of the CDCJ for 2014. I will endeavour to uphold the high standards that have been set by my predecessors. As a long-standing member of this dynamic committee, I am fully aware of its excellent work (for more on the Committee ...)

The Committee’s work involves the protection and promotion of our rights, as citizens, within Europe’s changing and evolving legal systems.  You can discover our work, news and highlights through this website.

On this page, which is only an overview of our work, I will keep you informed of new developments, which will be given in more detail on the relevant webpages. For ease of reference, words highlighted in bold are accessible via the navigating bar on the left side of the screen.

By exploring this navigating bar, you will discover the progress of our current Activities, which include whistleblowers (recently adopted recommendation on the protection of those who disclose information in the public interest); child relocation (preventing and resolving disputes over child relocation) the preparation of a draft recommendation is in progress. Work has begun on child-friendly justice, lobbying and digital evidence. Updates on activities will be posted as soon as they become available.

Under Terms of Reference you will find the Committee’s work and expected results over the next two years, as decided by the Committee of Ministers, the decision-making body of the Council of Europe.

Past activities and achievements are available under Completed work and under Documents (which gives, inter alia, the full list and recent developments of conventions, recommendations, resolutions and guidelines prepared by the CDCJ).

I thank you for your visit and invite you to browse through our website on a regular basis to find out more about the progress of our work.


     Press Release (in French only) Arrêts Mennesson c. France and Labassee c. France - liens de filiation pour
      des enfants nés d’une GPA à l’étranger
Cases: Martinez v. France and Labassee v. France
     - links of filiation for children born through surrogacy (GPA) abroad
   Recommendation CM/Rec(2014)7 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on the
protection of whistleblowers adopted on 30 April 2014 (see Activity "whistleblowers")

     (Unofficial German translation of Recommendation CM/Rec(2014)7 and its
 Explanatory memorandum provided by the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer
  Council of Europe Treaties - recent developments

   Next CDCJ plenary meeting (Strasbourg, 29-31 October 2014)

Be sure to watch, every Friday, the Council of Europe's weekly news ’Journal’.

   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 

  Co-operation activities   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