Director General Christos Giakoumopoulos
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Christos Giakoumopoulos, Director General
« Le Conseil de l'Europe est aujourd'hui plus nécessaire que jamais. S'il n'existait pas, il faudrait l'inventer.»
(Interview available only in French)
- Date of birth: 19/07/1958
- Nationality: Greek
- Marital status: Married, father of three children
- Languages: Greek, French, English, German, Italian
Christos Giakoumopoulos has been Director General of Human Rights and Rule of Law of the Council of Europe since 1 August 2017.
He was previously Director of Human Rights from 2011 to 2017 and also the Secretary General’s Advisor for Ukraine from June 2014 to September 2016. He was Director of Monitoring in the same Directorate General between 2006 and 2011.
Before joining the Directorate of Human Rights, he was General Counsel and Director General for Legal and Administrative Affairs of the Council of Europe Development Bank (Paris).
Since joining the Council of Europe in 1987, he held posts in the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights and the Directorate of Legal Affairs. He was Deputy Executive Secretary of the Venice Commission (1994-2002) and Director of the Office of the first Commissioner for Human Rights, Alvaro Gil Robles (2002-2004).
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- Justice Ministers Conference, 11 September 2023, Riga
- 3rd International Symposium on drug consumption rooms, 4 May 2023, Strasbourg
- Third International Symposium on drug consumption rooms, 4 May 2023, Strasbourg
- Seminar on strengthening the protection of social rights in Europe – the role of the European Social Charter, 8 December 2022, Strasbourg
- Workshop "Implementing human rights and environmental due diligence", 6 December 2022, Strasbourg / Online
- International conference on “Transnational terrorist threats from emerging and re-emerging violent extremist movements”, 3 November 2022, Strasbourg
- Lancement public de la plateforme externe de partage des connaissances de la CEDH, 18 octobre 2022, Strasbourg
- Online round table on 25 years of implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights in Ukraine, 21 July 2022, Strasbourg / Kyiv
- Ukraine Accountability Conference, 14 July 2022, The Hague
- Council of Europe Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) Annual Network Conference, 30 June 2022, Strasbourg
- Superior Courts Network Forum, 10 June 2022, Strasbourg
- FRA Management Board, 38th meeting of the Management Board of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, 17 December 2021, Vienna/Online
- High-Level International Conference “Role of Prosecutors in the Protection of Individual Rights and Public Interest in light of Requirements of the European Convention on Human Rights”, 7 July 2021, Saint-Petersburg
- Conference of Ministers responsible for Media and Information Society, 10-11 June 2021, online
- International Conference on Death Penalty (under the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union), 04 May 2021, online
- L’action de la Direction Générale Droits de l’Homme et Etat de droit pendant la crise sanitaire, 11 February 2021, Strasbourg
- 35th Meeting of the FRA Management Board, Annual speech, 11 December 2020, Strasbourg
- The IV International conference "Human Rights Protection in Eurasia: Exchange of the Best Practices of Ombudspersons", 17 November 2020, Moscow
- Delivering of the Norman Bishop’s post-mortem Pro Merito Medal to Ambassador Mårten EHNBERG, 9 November 2020, Strasbourg
- 25th Council of Europe Conference of Directors of Prison and Probation Services (CDPPS), 9 November 2020, Strasbourg
- Conference at the MGIMO University, "European Convention on Human Rights at 70: current challenges", 19 October 2020, Moscow
- Webinar “Family reunification for refugee and migrant children: Standards and promising practice”, 02 July 2020, Strasbourg
- Online event “Protection of human life and public health in the context of a pandemic – Effectively responding to a sanitary crisis in full respect for human rights and the principles of democracy and the rule of law", 17 June 2020, Strasbourg
- Saint Petersburg Legal Forum, “Human Rights under Quarantine”, 10 April 2020, Strasbourg
- Conférence de haut niveau Protection environnementale et droits de l’homme, 24 février 2020, Strasbourg
- 32nd Meeting of the FRA Management Board, 12-13 December 2019, Vienna
- Conference to launch the action “Supporting the Implementation and Reporting on the Action Plan on Human Rights in Turkey”, 09 December 2019, Istanbul
- International Conference on effective remedies for human rights in Turkey, 23 September 2019, Istanbul
- International Conference on “Prevention and management of conflicts of interest among judges and prosecutors and judicial safeguards in the fight against corruption - Implementation of the Council of Europe standards in Russia”, 17 April 2019, Moscow
- International Conference on Effective Alternatives to the Detention of Migrants, 04 April 2019, Strasbourg
- Welcoming address during the launching event of the project “HELP in Russia” (Phase II), 20 November 2018
- “Convention 108+: tomorrow’s common ground for data protection”, 22 June 2018 [FRA]
- 82nd meeting of the Permanent Correspondents of the Pompidou Group, 5 June 2018
- "Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights and Russian Law: 20 years of Dialogue and Interaction" at the Saint-Petersburg International Legal Forum, 16 May 2018, Saint-Petersburg
- "Human Rights in Sport: Issues on the Agenda" at the Saint-Petersburg International Legal Forum, 16 May 2018, Saint-Petersburg
- International Conference "Constitution in the Global Change Epoch and the Goals of Constitutional Review" at the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, 15 May 2018, Saint Petersburg
- Conference “Right to a Fair Trial within Reasonable Time and the Compensation for the Violation of the Right: Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights and National Courts”, 18 April 2018, Belgrade
- “FATF/OSCE/MONEYVAL workshop for judges and prosecutors: Experiences, Challenges and Best Practices”, 26 March 2018, Strasbourg
- Conference on the execution of the judgements of the European Court of Human Rights concerning the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova, 19 February 2018, Chisinau
- Regional conference “Appeal in the criminal justice system: reality, trends and perspectives”, 19 December 2017, Minsk
- Joint event of the Council of Europe, the Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Russian Federation "Development of a new training course: Rights and obligations in sport", 26 October 2017, Moscow
- High-level Conference on the harmonisation of case law and judicial practice, 29 September 2017, Athens
- Conference "Immigration Detention of Children: Coming to a Close?", 25-26 September 2017, Prague:
- High-Level Conference “Binding Effect of the Judicial Decisions”, 20-21 June 2017, Brno
- 2017 HELP Network Conference: "HELP for Friendly Justice", 19 June 2017, Strasbourg
- Conference on Appeal and Individual Application to the Constitutional Court, 1 June 2017, Istanbul
- Opening speech at the official launching conference project "Continued support to the criminal justice reform in Ukraine", 25 November 2015