57th meeting of the CAHDI, Strasbourg, 21-22 March 2019

In a political climate which encourages interdependence between states, international law is constantly developing, and is increasingly becoming a key factor in the organisation of inter-state relations. The Council of Europe is accordingly working to co-ordinate its member states' activities in this field.

The Council of Europe does it through its Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law (CAHDI), an intergovernmental committee which brings together the legal advisers of the Ministries of foreign affairs of the member States of the Council of Europe as well as of a significant number of observer States and Organisations.

In this site you will be able to find out about the CAHDI, its structure, composition, functioning, as well as its activities including adopted texts, publications and unrestricted working documents.

Three databases containing information about the practice of Council of Europe member and observer states in various fields of public international law can be consulted on the site. Users can search for and consult information concerning "Immunities of States and international organisations", "Organisation and functions of the Office of the Legal Adviser in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs" and "Implementation of UN sanctions".

Statement of Mr Petr VÁLEK, Chair of the CAHDI, at the 1349th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies on 12th June 2019

12 June 2019 Strasbourg, France
The Chair of the CAHDI, Mr Petr VÁLEK, held an exchange of views with the Committee of Ministers on the 12th June 2019. He provided them an overview on the contribution of the CAHDI to the Council of Europe activities as well as the CAHDI contribution beyond the Council of Europe and its liaison...

Statement of Mr Petr VÁLEK Chair of the CAHDI, at the 71st Session of the International Law Commission on 31 May 2019

31 May 2019 Geneva, Switzerland
The Chair of the CAHDI, Mr Petr VÁLEK, held an exchange of views with the International Law Commission (ILC) on the 31st of May 2019. The full version of the presentation is available at the following link.

Presentation of Ambassador Emil Ruffer, Chair of the Committee of Ministers’ Rapporteur Group on Legal Co-operation (GR-J), Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the Council of Europe

21 March 2019 Strasbourg, France
Ambassador Ruffer provided the CAHDI with an overview of the role and work of the Committee of Ministers’ Rapporteur Groups, in particular the one on Legal Co-operation (GR-J), which he chairs. He further presented the interaction between the work of the CAHDI and the GR-J, which reviews the...

Presentation of Judge Ivana Hrdličková, President of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), during the 57th meeting of the CAHDI

21 March 2019 Strasbourg, France
The President of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), Judge Ivana Hrdličková, provided the CAHDI experts with an overview of the role and functioning of the STL, as well as the main challenges faced by it. In her presentation, Judge Hrdličková recalled the historical background in which this...