Justice and Human Dignity Directorate

The Justice and Human Dignity Directorate facilitates the development of legal standards and policies in the fields of justice, private and public law, gender equality and children's rights. Its overall objective is to ensure de jure as well as de facto respect for the principles enshrined in the Conventions and the Council of Europe standards related to the Directorate's substantive responsibilities. This is done by monitoring their implementation and by offering support to states, at their request, in reviewing their legislation, developing policies and action plans or training professionals.

Moreover, through the work of the CEPEJ , the CCJE  and the CCPE , the Directorate aims to strengthen the fundamental principles of independence and impartiality of justice and to ensure their effective application within the member states.

The Directorate is responsible for the promotion of the ratification and implementation of a number of important legal texts, including three groundbreaking treaties: the Council of Europe Convention Against Trafficking in Human Beings), the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children Against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual abuse (Lanzarote Convention), the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention). Its mission includes organising the meetings of the Parties to each convention and facilitating the work of their respective monitoring mechanisms. It also serves the European Committee for the Efficiency of Justice, the Consultative Councils of European Judges and of European Prosecutors and the European Committee on Legal Co-operation.

The Directorate includes the secretariat of two transversal programmes - "Building a Europe for and with children" and the newly established "Gender equality" transversal programme responsible inter alia for mainstreaming gender equality in various policies and actions.