The Contribution of the European Court of Human Rights to the Development of Public International Law
Prague, Czech Republic
23 September 2020
On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Legal and Consular Section/International Law Department) decided to organise a half-day expert seminar for the members of the Council of Europe Ad Hoc Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law (CAHDI) on the margins of its 59th meeting in Prague. Although the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) is a judicial body and CAHDI an inter-governmental expert committee, in substance, they have both dealt over time with important questions of public international law, be it treaty interpretation, state responsibility, international humanitarian law or application of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions. The seminar provided an opportunity for an informal discussion among legal advisers on the case law of the ECtHR and its possible contribution to the development of public international law.
This seminar was opened by Mr Petr Válek, Director of the International Law Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Chair of the Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law (CAHDI).
- Mr Linos-Alexander Sicilianos, Judge and former President of the ECtHR
- Prof. Pavel Šturma , Chairman of the International Law Commission and Professor of Public International Law at the Charles University Law School in Prague (Czech Republic)
- Prof. Georg Nolte , Member of the ILC and Professor of Public International Law at the Humboldt University Law School in Berlin (Germany)
- Ms Julie Tenenbaum , Regional Legal Adviser, International Committee of the Red Cross
- Ms Alina Orosan , Director General for Legal Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania
- Mr Helmut Tichy , Legal Adviser, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Austria
- Ambassador Emil Ruffer , former Chair of the Committee of Ministers’ Rapporteur Group on Legal Co-operation, Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the Council of Europe