On 27-29 November 2018, the representatives of the Union of Turkish Bar Associations and several Turkish Bar Associations visited the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights. The visit was held under the EU-Council of Europe joint project “Strengthening the Capacity of Bar Associations and Lawyers on European Human Rights Standards”.
The visiting delegation headed by the President of the Union of Turkish Bar Association (UTBA), Metin Feyzioğlu, was composed of representatives of the UTBA and several regional bar associations: Mersin, Trabzon, Diyarbakir, Ankara, Izmir, Istanbul, Van, and Kastamonu.
The programme included talks with representatives of various entities of the Council of Europe, such as the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission), Commissioner for Human Rights, European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT), Department of the Execution of Judgements of the European Court of Human Rights. The delegation also attended the Grand Chamber hearing in the case López Ribalda and Others v. Spain (on covert video surveillance in a supermarket), and listened to the presentations by lawyers of the Registry of the European Count of Human Rights on its case-law. The discussed topics covered diverse questions substantial for legal profession and practice, such as application to the European Court of Human Rights and legal fee calculation, education programme of the Council of Europe for lawyers (HELP), Convention on the profession of lawyer to be elaborated and artificial intelligence.
The delegation also met senior Council of Europe staff: the Director General of Human Rights and Rule of Law, Christos Giakoumopoulos, Directors of the Private Office of the Secretary General and the Deputy Secretaty General, Leyla Kayacik and of Human Rights Directorate, Christophe Poirel, and others.
Also a meeting was held with the Chair of Permanent Delegation to Strasbourg of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), Piers Gardner, practicing lawyer, representing applicants in various cases before the European Court.