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International Conference
on
The Use of Special Investigation Techniques to Combat Terrorism
and Other Forms of Serious Crime

14 15 May 2013

Strasbourg, Council of Europe, Room 1, Palais

With the support of Switzerland, Ireland, Liechtenstein and the United States of America

To protect society from terrorism and organised crime, law-enforcement must apply modern investigation methods incorporating the latest advances in technology. These include interception of telephone and Internet communication, electronic surveillance, undercover operations and other means known as special investigation techniques, or ways of gathering information without alerting the suspect. It is clear that such techniques must be regulated to ensure the respect of the Human Rights and the rule of law with regard to suspects, victims and third persons. Equally obviously, if regulation varies widely from country to country, the information gathered will be of limited use in criminal proceedings across jurisdictions.

The international community has therefore made efforts to establish principles and guidelines governing the use of special investigation techniques. One of the more detailed texts is Recommendation (2005)10 of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to member states on special investigation techniques in relation to serious crimes including acts of terrorism. However, since 2005, computer and Internet technology has made great strides offering new possibilities to criminals and terrorists but also to law enforcement.

On 14 and 15 May 2013, the Council of Europe hosted in Strasbourg a Conference on special investigation techniques, in close co-operation with the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the League of Arab States.

Representatives of the members of the Council of Europe, the OSCE and the League of Arab States with relevant experience in the area of preventing and combating terrorism and organised crime, as well as several non-governmental organisations and think-tanks were invited to the conference.

The aim of the Conference was to bring a broader perspective to examining the existing international legal frameworks governing the use of such techniques, to identify new developments in this area since the adoption of Recommendation Rec(2005)10, to exchange views on the challenges faced by states when applying such techniques and on best practices to overcome these challenges while fully respecting Human Rights and the rule of law.

The outcome of the Conference might be useful when considering the need for updating the standards and guidelines applicable to the use of special investigation techniques.


PalaisDate and Venue
The Conference was held at the Council of Europes headquarters in Strasbourg, in room 1 of the Palais, on 14 and 15 May 2013.



Documents after the Conference

 
Summaries by moderators:  
    - Session I
    - Session II
    - Session III
    - Session IV
    - Session V
    - Closing session


Documentation
- Programme
- Recommendation Rec(2005)10 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on "special investigation techniques" in relation to serious crimes including acts of terrorism
- Recommendation Rec(2005)9 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the protection of witnesses and collaborators of justice
- Guidelines of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on human rights and the fight against terrorism
- Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism, CETS No.: 196
- Report on counter-terrorism measures and human rights by the Venice Commission


Participants
- Final list of participants


For participants who required a visa, the following information was available:
Should you need a visa, please register as soon as possible and ask the Council of Europe Secretariat for a nominative invitation letter by completing this form.
You will receive a copy of the official note which Council of Europe Protocol will send to the relevant consulate to add to your application file; however please note that you will still need to follow the procedure indicated by the consulate (including booking and attending an interview where required).
For any further information, please do not hesitate to contact the Secretariat.


Interpretation
Simultaneous interpretation into English, French, Russian and Arabic was provided.


Press
Press release (06/05/2013)


Library
The fight against terrorism - Council of Europe standards The fight against terrorism - Council of Europe standards (4th edition) (2010)
(Russian version available)
ISBN 978-92-871-6698-2
English, French and Russian versions of the The fight against terrorism in - Council of Europe standards will be made available for all participants upon request on first day of the Conference

Counter-terrorism and human rights in the case law of the European Court of Human RightsCounter-terrorism and human rights in the case law of the European Court of Human Rights
(Ana Salinas de Frias, 2012)
ISBN 978-92-871-7197-9
The English version of the Counter-terrorism and human rights in the case law of the European Court of Human Rights will be made available for all participants upon request on first day of the Conference

Terrorism: special investigation techniques (2005)
ISBN 978-92-871-5655-6
The English version of the Terrorism: special investigation techniques will be made available for all participants upon request on first day of the Conference

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Access to Council of Europe
The registration of participants started at 8.30am on Tuesday, 14 May in the entrance hall of the Palais of the Council of Europe participants were then guided to the Conference room located on 2nd floor in the same building.
 
A passport and/or identity card was necessary to enter the Council of Europe premises and obtain a badge.

Guide to access (PDF) 

Accommodation
The Council of Europe Secretariat recommended that participants book their accommodation in Strasbourg well in advance.

Link to hotels (PDF)
Strasbourg tourist office

Participants were responsible for their own accommodation arrangements.

Transport
Train shuttle: Strasbourg airport - Strasbourg railway station in the city-centre

Taxis: for details of taxi companies please click here

 Tram:
From the railway station, Tram C (Direction: Neuhof) will take you to Place de la Rpublique where you can take Tram E (Direction: Robertsau Boecklin) to go to the European quarter of Strasbourg (station Droits de lHomme), where all the European institutions are to be found. Should you want to go to the city centre, you should take Line A to the station Homme de Fer.
 
Bus and tram network (PDF)

Bank
The Socit Gnrale bank in the main building (Palais de lEurope) is open every Monday from 8.30am to 4.30pm, and from Tuesday to Friday from 8.30am to 5.30pm.

The bank in the Agora building is open every day from 11.00am to 12.00pm and from 1.30pm to 4.00pm; however it is closed on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

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