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".

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...

Presentation of Mr Pavel Šturma, Vice-Chair of the International Law Commission (ILC), during the 56th meeting of the CAHDI

21 September 2018 Helsinki, Finland
Mr Pavel Šturma provided the CAHDI experts with an overview on the Report on the 70th session (2018) of the International Law Commission. In this respect, he reviewed the different topics of work of the ILC as well as their respective progress, in particular concerning the "Subsequent agreements...

Presentation of Mr Stephen Mathias, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, during the 56th meeting of the CAHDI

20 September 2018 Helsinki, Finland
Mr. Stephen Mathias provided the CAHDI with an overview of current issues being addressed by the UN Office of Legal Affairs. Mr. Mathias addressed the need, when establishing international criminal tribunals, to consider issues such as residual functions, long-term costs, and governance. He also...


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