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.


53rd meeting of the CAHDI, Strasbourg, 23-24 March 2017

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 Ms Päivi Kaukoranta, Chair of the CAHDI, at the 1319th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies on 13th June 2018

13 June 2018 Strasbourg, France
The Chair of the CAHDI, Ms Päivi Kaukoranta, held an exchange of views with the Committee of Ministers on the 13th June 2018. In particular Ms Kaukoranta informed the Ministers' Deputies on the participation in the CAHDI meeting of the Secretary General of the Asian African Legal Consultative...

Presentation of Mr. Allan Rosas, Judge at the Court of Justice of the European Union, during the 55th meeting of the CAHDI

Mr. Allan Rosas provided the CAHDI experts with an overview on “The European Court of Justice and Public International Law” and in particular on the European Union as an external actor and subject of international law; the conclusion of international agreements; the status of international law in...

Presentation of Mr Georg Nolte, Chairperson of the International Law Commission (ILC), during the 54th meeting of the CAHDI

21 September 2017 Strasbourg, France
The Chairperson of the International Law Commission (ILC), Mr Georg Nolte, gave the CAHDI an overview of the recent activities of the ILC and the topics discussed during the ILC’s 69th Session in Geneva this year. His presentation touched on topical issues related to crimes against humanity, the...

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