Reform of the system of the European Convention of Human Rights

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About the reform

History of the reform
Secretariat

 

Plenary bodies

Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH)

Committee of Experts on the system of the European Convention on Human Rights (DH-SYSC)
 

Drafting Groups

GT-GDR-A

GT-GDR-B

GT-GDR-C

GT-GDR-D

GT-GDR-E
GT-GDR-F
GT-GDR-G

 

Information concerning the implementation of the Convention and execution of the Court's judgments

Re-examination or reopening of cases following judgments of the Court
Verification of the compatibility of legislation with the Convention

 

High level Conferences

Brussels, 26-27 March 2015

Declaration
Proceedings

Brighton, 18-20 April 2012

Declaration
Proceedings
Background documents

Izmir, 26-27 April 2011

Declaration
Proceedings
Background documents

Interlaken, 18-19 February 2010

Declaration
Proceedings
Preparatory contributions
Background documents

LATEST NEWS         LATEST NEWS        LATEST NEWS     
3rd meeting of the  Committee of Experts on the System of the European Convention on Human Rights (DH-SYSC), Strasbourg, 10 - 12 May 2017
Chart of signatures and ratifications of protocols Nos 15 and 16 to the Convention NEW
Meeting report
Draft Guide to good practice on the implementation of Recommendation CM/Rec(2008)2

Draft annotated agenda

Brainstorming Seminar on the place of the Convention in the European and international legal order, co-organised by the PluriCourts academic network, Strasbourg, 29-30 March 2017

Programme  



The Directorate General Human Rights and Rule of Law and the PluriCourts academic network co-organised a brainstorming Seminar on the place of the Convention in the European and international legal order, as a starting point in the intergovernmental work of the Committee of Experts on the system of the European Convention on Human Rights (DH-SYSC). The specialised Drafting Group DH-SYSC-II started discussing the relevant issues immediately after the Seminar. The Seminar brought together Judges of the International Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights, Government Agents, leading international legal scholars and practitioners.

The place of the Convention in the European and international legal order was identified as a major challenge for the effectiveness and viability of the Convention system in the Report on the longer-term future of the system of Convention, adopted on 11 December 2015 by the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) after a two year’ examination. The Committee of Ministers upheld the Report’s conclusions and instructed the intergovernmental expert bodies to follow up on that topic along with the issue of selection and election of judges to the Court (the latter work being conducted by another Drafting Group, DH-SYSC-I).

Webcast link
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http://vodmanager.coe.int/coe/webcast/coe/2017-03-29-3/lang/1
1st session - ECHR and general international law - 1st part - General issues of treaty interpretation and the European Court of Human Rights
http://vodmanager.coe.int/coe/webcast/coe/2017-03-29-3/lang/2 
Discussion
http://vodmanager.coe.int/coe/webcast/coe/2017-03-29-3/lang/3 
2nd part – Specific challenges of interaction between the ECHR and General International Law

http://vodmanager.coe.int/coe/webcast/coe/2017-03-29-4/lang/1 
2nd Session – Relations with other international human rights treaties and control organs

http://vodmanager.coe.int/coe/webcast/coe/2017-03-29-4/lang/2 
Continuation of the 2nd Session
http://vodmanager.coe.int/coe/webcast/coe/2017-03-30-2/lang/1 
3rd Session – ECHR and EU accession - the consequences of the delay
http://vodmanager.coe.int/coe/webcast/coe/2017-03-30-2/lang/2

 

1st meeting of the Drafting Group II on the follow-up to the CDDH report on the longer-term future of the Convention (DH-SYSC-II), Strasbourg, 30 - 31 March 2017 
Meeting report  
Draft annotated agenda 

 

 2nd meeting of the Drafting Group on Recommendation CM/Rec(2008)2, Strasbourg, 6-8 March 2017
Meeting report    
Draft annotated agenda   

 

3rd meeting of the Drafting Group I on the follow-up to the CDDH report on the longer-term future of the Convention (DH-SYSC-I), Strasbourg, 27 February - 1st March 2016
Meeting report
Revised draft annotated agenda   

Overview of the exchange of views held by the DH-SYSC at its 1st meeting on the verification of the compatibility of legislation with the Convention (arrangements, advantages, obstacles)

Provisional version

 
PREVIOUS MEETINGS

2nd meeting of the Committee of Experts on the System of the European Convention on Human Rights (DH-SYSC), Strasbourg, 8-10 November 2016
Meeting report
Annotated agenda

2nd meeting of the Drafting Group I on the follow-up to the CDDH report on the longer-term future of the Convention (DH-SYSC-I), Strasbourg, 19 - 21 October 2016
Meeting report
Annotated agenda

1st meeting of the Drafting Group I on the follow-up to the CDDH report on the longer-term future of the Convention (DH-SYSC-I), Strasbourg, 29 juin - 1st July 2016
Meeting report
Annotated agenda

1st meeting of the Drafting Group on the Recommendation (2008)2 (DH-SYSC-REC), Strasbourg, 23-25 May 2016
Meeting report
Annotated agenda

1st meeting of the Committee of Experts on theSystem of the European Convention on Human Rights (DH-SYSC), Strasbourg, 25-27 April 2016
Meeting report
Draft report on measures taken by the member States to implement relevant parts of the Brighton Declaration
Annotated agenda 

 

These web-pages focus on intergovernmental work on the reform of the system of the European Convention on Human Rights since the Rome Ministerial Conference of 2000, which led to Protocol no. 14 and a series of non-binding instruments. They cover notably the 2006 Report of the Group of Wise Persons and the successive High-level Conferences on the reform of the Court that took place between 2010 and 2012 at Interlaken, Izmir and Brighton, and follow-up to these events, including the adoption and opening for signature in 2013 of Protocols No. 15 and 16.

At the head of the inter-governmental process is the Committee of Ministers, which gives terms of reference to the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) and the Committee of experts on the system of the European Convention on Human Rights (DH-SYSC), a specialist plenary body subordinate to the CDDH. The work of the DH-SYSC is prepared in drafting groups that deal with specific issues. In the past, other subordinate bodies of the CDDH were also involved in the reform process.