28th Conference of European Ministers of Justice

"Emerging issues of access to justice for vulnerable groups, in particular:
- migrants and asylum seekers;
- and children, including children as perpetrators of crime"

25-26 October 2007, Lanzarote, Spain

European Ministers call for child friendly justice

On 26 October, the ministers of Justice of the 47 member states invited the Council of Europe to prepare ''European guidelines for child friendly justice''. In a resolution adopted at the close of the Conference, ministers recommended that children should be better informed of their rights and understand better how to access justice, including the European Court of Human Rights. The ministers also proposed the examination of ways in which children’s views can be taken into account during judicial proceedings... (more ...)

Resolutions adopted .
Resolution No. 1 on access to justice for migrants and asylum seekers
Resolution No. 2 on child-friendly justice
Resolution No. 3


Opening : Speech by Maud de Boer Buquicchio

Austria : Mr Wolfgang FELLNER, General Director, Federal Ministry of Justice
France : Ms Rachida Dati, Minister of Justice (available in French)
Germany : Mr Lutz DIWELL, State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice
Greece : Mr Sotiris HATZIGAKIS, Minister of Justice
Moldova : Mr Vitalie PÎRLOG, Minister of Justice (available in French)
Monaco : Mr Philippe NARMINO, Director of Judiciary Services, President of the State Council of the Principality of Monaco  (available in French)
Slovak Republic : Mr Štefan HARABIN, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice
Slovenia : Mr Robert MAROLT, State Secretary, Minister of Justice
Switzerland : Mr Michael LEUPOLD, State Secretary (available in French)

Holy See : Mgr. Manuel MONTEIRO DE CASTRO, Papal Nuncio in Spain (available in French)

Mr Thomas Hammarberg, Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner
Mr Günther SCHESKE, UNHCR Representative to the European Institutions in Strasbourg
Ms Shahnaz KIANIAN-FIROUZGAR, Deputy Regional Director, UNICEF Regional Office for CEE/CIS
Mr Erik FRIBERGH, Registrar, European Court of Human Rights
Ms Maria BATTLE, Acting Children’s Commissioner for Wales, European Network of Ombudspersons for Children

Closing : Concluding remarks by Maud de Boer-Buquicchio

Opening for signature of the Council of Europe Convention against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse of Children

On 25 October in Lanzarote, twenty-three member states signed the Convention which represents a major step in the prevention of sexual offences against children. Deputy Secretary General Maud de Boer-Buquicchio expressed satisfaction at the number of signatures and encouraged other countries to follow suit. (more ...)
The convention

Photo: Mariano Fernandez Bermejo, Spanish Minister of Justice, and Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General, during the press conference


About the Conference
List of participants
Reports presented

by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe

by Ministers of Justice
Spain : English | Spanish (Non official translation)
Portugal (available in French)
Russian Federation
the “former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”

Other documents
Contribution of the European Committee on Migration (CDMG)
Reference texts
Council of Europe
European Union
United Nations
Practical information
Organisation and logistics
Social programmes