In remembrance of our CAHDI colleague Mr James KINGSTON

The CAHDI and its Chair deeply regret the death, on 18 April 2022, of one of its most longstanding members, Mr James KINGSTON (aged 54).

Mr KINGSTON, a qualified barrister, joined the Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland and became its Legal Adviser and a member of its Management Board in 2009. In parallel, he was also a recognised lecturer in international and human rights law in several universities and a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration for more than 10 years. Mr KINGSTON was a CAHDI member from 2009 onwards. His kind personality and great contributions to the work of the Committee were greatly appreciated by his fellow CAHDI colleagues, who will remember him with affection.

The CAHDI members, its Chair and the Secretariat would like to pay tribute to James for his meaningful contribution to the work of CAHDI and for his rewarding kindness and friendship.

His memory will last with us.

62nd meeting of the CAHDI, Strasbourg, 24-25 March 2022

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".

The CAHDI Chair participated at the 59th Annual Session of the AALCO

30 November 2021

The Chair of the CAHDI, Ms Alina Orosan, participated as an Observer at the 59th Annual Session of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO), which took place, in hybrid format, in Hong Kong, the People’s Republic of China, on 29 November – 1 December 2021. Ms Orosan made a...

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Statement of Ms Alina OROSAN, Chair of the CAHDI, at the 1416th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies on 3 November 2021

3 November 2021 Strasbourg, France

The Chair of the CAHDI, Ms Alina OROSAN, held an exchange of views with the Committee of Ministers on 3 November 2021. She provided the Ministers’ Deputies with an overview of the CAHDI’s activities during the past year as well as with an outlook on the priorities for its future work as...

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Statement of Mr Petr VÁLEK, Chair of the CAHDI, at the 1391th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies on 8 December 2020

8 December 2020 Strasbourg, France

The Chair of the CAHDI, Mr Petr VÁLEK, held an exchange of views with the Committee of Ministers on 8 December 2020. 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...

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CAHDI Side-Event during UNGA Sixth Committee: “The CAHDI Contribution to the International Law Practice”

31 October 2019

On 31 October 2019, the Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic to the United Nations in New York and the Council of Europe Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law (CAHDI) organised a side-event in the framework of the “International Law Week” of the UNGA Sixth Committee at the...

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