The Committee on () organised, under the auspices of the French Presidency of the Committee of Ministers , a High-level seminar on public debate as a tool for the governance of new



The high-level seminar took place on 4 June 2019 in Palais de l’Europe (Room 1).


The objective of the event was to explore why public debate on biomedicine and human rights is so important for policy makers in an era when emerging technologies have an increasing impact on our societies. It addressed how public debate can create opportunities to connect public interest with public policy and to develop new governance arrangements. The event contributed to action on public debate and the governance of technologies which is foreseen in the new Council of Europe Strategic Action Plan on human rights and technologies in biomedicine (2020-2025).


The working languages were English and French. The event was live broadcasted and it will be possible to consult the video on our website ( following the event. The seminar was open to the public and press.


Seminar video recordings

Tuesday 4 June 2019

Morning session

Afternoon session


Mr Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe

"In a fast-changing world, there is an urgent need to discuss with stakeholders how we can all help to ensure that new technologies uphold human rights, rather than harm them." 

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Maury Pasquier, President of the Parliamentary Assembly

"Science and technology can be a source of progress only if they are accompanied by democratic advances."

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B. Bourguignon, President, Social Affairs Committee, National Assembly (France) 

“Public debate has a bearing on the legitimacy of legislative power.” 

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Benjamin Hulbut

Karine Lefeuvre

Rodica Gramma

Jean François Delfraissy (CCNE)

David Winckoff

Lars Klüver

Paula Martinho Da Silva 

Liliane Maury Pasquier

Solvilta Olsena

Olivier Becht