High-level Conferences on the Future of the European Convention on Human Rights

The European Convention on Human Right is the centre-piece of the pan-European system of human rights protection. It has been incorporated as a fundamental text in the domestic legal orders of all our member States. The Convention continues to prove itself as the greatest achievement of the Council of Europe and remains at the heart of our activities today. In the face of ever-changing challenges, the question of how to ensure the long-term  effectiveness of this system,  and  especially  the  European Court of Human Rights, is a long-standing priority of the Council of Europe and a focus of activity for its Directorate General, Human Rights and Rule of Law. Since 2010, the matter has received urgent attention at the highest political levels and has been the subject of intense scrutiny by experts.

Council of Europe Conference of Ministers of Justice

In pursuing its statutory aim to achieve greater unity between its member states, notably in respect of Justice and the Rule of Law, the Council of Europe is constantly facing new challenges. Our societies are changing rapidly, and old answers are no longer satisfactory. In order to anticipate and address new developments, the Council of Europe periodically convenes Conferences at Ministerial level. In its 60 years of existence, the Organisation has held 30 Conferences of the Ministers of Justice of our member states. At the close of every conference, the Ministers decide on proposals for common action to make to the Governments of the Council of Europe.