Since its creation in 1963, the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ) has drawn up a large number of standards covering a wide range of civil matters in the field of public and private law. These standards are aimed at assisting Council of Europe member states to respond to the challenges of a constantly evolving society in matters concerning, in particular, the defence of the general interest of society, the protection of individuals, families, civil society, the courts and the judicial system, including access to justice and legal aid, public administration, nationality or private companies. The CDCJ relentlessly works to develop new protective standards in the areas of its competence, which is one of the priorities of the Council of Europe. See background to the Committee.

The legal instruments (Conventions or Recommendations, Resolutions and Guidelines) drawn up on behalf of the Council of Europe by the CDCJ are submitted to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe for their adoption. Once adopted the CDCJ will then work to promote their existence and implementation in the member states.

In addition to CDCJ’s work covering ongoing standard setting activities and research it continues to raise awareness and promote the implementation of completed activities. You can find out more by clicking on the following links: Activities in progress or Promoting completed activities.

For an overview of the most recently completed standard-setting activities by the CDCJ, please click on Standard Setting Completed Activities.

Activities in progress

Promoting completed activities

Legal instruments


 Recommendations, resolutions and guidelines

Key information and documentation

 Reports and Studies


 ECHR  Case-law

Co-operation tools

 Free civil legal aid decision-making tool - and its electronic tutorial (in Russian only)