Modernising Justice in the Third Millennium:
- transparent and efficient justice;
- prisons in today’s Europe
Istanbul, 24 - 26 November 2010


This Conference was open only to Ministers of Justice of Council of Europe member states and their national delegations, as well as to certain international organisations.


The “fireside chat” was hosted by Mr Sadullah ERGIN, Minister of Justice of Turkey, on 24 November 2010 at the Dolmabahçe Palace.

  List of participants



Programme of the Plenary meeting


Draft agenda of the Joint meeting of the Chairpersons of Council of Europe Committees and Mechanisms

Draft agenda of the Meeting of Senior Officials of the Ministries of Justice


Cultural Programme, Friday 26 November 2010


Social Programme for accompanying persons, Thursday 25 November 2010


A Broadcast of the whole conference has been provided by State television TRT

A webcast of the whole conference was also provided.



INFORMATION PAPER                                  

(clickable link)

Transport was provided for delegations and accompanying persons on their arrival and departure.


Venue: Conrad Istanbul

Interpretation to and from English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Turkish, and from Spanish was provided.

Useful contacts

Ministry of Justice of Turkey

The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ)
European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degarding Treatment or Punishment(CPT)
Council for Penological Co-operation (PC-CP)
European Co-ordination Forum for the
Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 (CAHPAH)

Prisons....respect and dignity: download poster here

20 years of combating torture: 19th General Report of the CPT (2009)
European Rules for juvenile offenders subject to sanctions or measures (2009)
European Prison Rules (2006)

Penitentiary questions: Council of Europe conventions, recommendations and resolutions (2010)

CPT documents in Turkish language

SPEECHES in original language

Speech by Ms Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe

Speech by Mr Thomas Hammarberg, Commissioner for Human Rights

Speech by Mr Mauro Palma, President of the European Committee on the Prevention of Torture

Closing remarks by Mr Philippe Boillat, Director General of Human Rights and Legal Affairs


WORKING documents

Report presented by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe
Report presented by the Minister of Justice of Turkey

- Resolution No. 1 on a modern, transparent and efficient justice
- Resolution No. 2 on prison policy in today’s Europe
- Resolution No. 3 on data protection and privacy in the third millennium
- Resolution No. 4

National reports:
- Germany (available only in French)

Recent developments in the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights relating to the European Prison Rules of 2006

Albania: justice

Armenia: prisons

Austria: prisons

Azerbaijan: prisons; justice

Croatia: prisons; justice

Cyprus: prisons; justice

Czech Republic: prisons; justice

Finland: prisons

Germany: prisons; justice

Italy: prisons; justice; data protection

Lithuania: prisons; justice

Malta: prisons

Monaco: prisons/justice

Montenegro: prisons; justice

Slovakia: prisons; justice

Slovenia: prisons; justice

Sweden: justice

"the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia": justice

Ukraine: justice

Holy See: justice

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights: prisons

Presentation by the Hungarian delegation





Official dinner







On 25 November at 8pm, a dinner was offered by Mr Sadullah ERGIN, Minister of Justice of Turkey, for all participants and accompanying persons at the Çırağan Palace.