CPT holds its July 2018 plenary meeting

12/07/2018 strasbourg

During this meeting, the Committee adopted the reports on its periodic visits to Ukraine (December 2017), Andorra (January/February 2018) and Romania (February 2018), and on its ad hoc visit to Greece (April 2018). These reports will be sent in due course to the respective authorities. In...

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The CEPEJ adopts a toolkit to strengthen the implementation of its guidelines on mediation

13/07/2018 strasbourg

At its 30th plenary meeting, the CEPEJ completed the list of existing Council of Europe instruments in the field of mediation, in particular the Council of Europe Recommendations (Recommendation (98) 1 on family mediation; Recommendation (99) 19 concerning mediation in criminal matters ;...

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Romania: Proposed reforms could undermine independence of judges and prosecutors according to Venice Commission

13/07/2018 strasbourg

In a preliminary opinion published today and requested in May this year by Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission commented on three legislative drafts amending existing judiciary legislation: Draft law amending Law 303/2004 on the statute of judges and...

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Octopus Conference 2018: Cooperation against Cybercrime

11/07/2018 Strasbourg

From 11 to 13 July, the Council of Europe brings together ministers and other high-ranking government representatives, criminal justice experts, and representatives from the Internet industry, civil society and data protection organisations from all over the world to step up international...

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The Council of Europe adopts a new counter-terrorism strategy for 2018-2022


In response to the acute terrorist threat in Europe, the Council of Europe today adopted a new strategy based on prevention, prosecution and protection, including assistance to victims. “We must improve the ability of our member states to prevent and combat terrorism, in full compliance with...

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Christophe Poirel, new Human Rights Director


Newly appointed, Christophe Poirel takes over Human Rights Directorate as from 2nd July! His mandate covers activities such as the execution of ECHR judgments, social rights, human rights policy and co-operation, justice and legal co-operation as well as the Pompidou Group. Know more about Human...

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Latest article by the Commissioner for #HumanRights: Safeguarding human rights in the era of artificial intelligence

03/07/2018 Strasbourg

#MustRead #HumanRights #AI: Latest article by Mrs Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, entitled "Safeguarding human rights in the era of #artificialintelligence" highlights that the Artificial intelligence, and in particular its subfields of machine learning and deep...

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Launch of international human rights law lectures by Japonese scholars and experts

02/07/2018 Strasbourg

FIRST LECTURE ON “Human Rights and Japanese Culture: how a Japanese samurai understood the idea of Human Rights” On 2 July 2018, Christos Giakoumopoulos, Director General of Human Rights and Rule of Law and Ambassador Takamasa Sato, Representative at the Mission of the Permanent Observer of Japan...

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15 years of contributions from the CEPEJ to the improvement of how judicial systems function in Europe

18/06/2018 Strasbourg

The CEPEJ plenary meeting from 27 to 29 June will also mark the celebration of its 15th anniversary. For 15 years, the CEPEJ's activities have supported member states in improving the efficiency and quality of their judicial systems, in accordance with Council of Europe principles and standards....

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The Kingdom of Morocco acceded to the Convention on Cybercrime and its Additional Protocol

29/06/2018 Strasbourg

The Kingdom of #Morocco acceded to the Convention on Cybercrime (#ETS185) and its Additional Protocol concerning the criminalisation of acts of a racist and xenophobic nature committed through computer systems (#ETS189). Mr. Khalid Afkir, Consul General of the Kingdom of Morocco, deposited the...

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Italy: GRECO Compliance Report regarding Incriminations and Transparency of Party Funding

29/06/2018 Strasbourg

GRECO has made public today its Addendum to the Second Compliance Report of Third Evaluation Round on Italy (dealing with "Incriminations (ETS 173 and 191, GPC 2)", ”Transparency of Party Funding”), adopted by GRECO at its 80th Plenary Meeting (Strasbourg, 18-22 June 2018). Link to the Addendum...

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EU joins Council of Europe anti-terrorism conventions

27/06/2018 Strasbourg

In the presence of Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Ambassador Katya Todorova, the Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe of Bulgaria, the country currently holding the presidency of the Council of the European Union, deposited instruments today on behalf of the...

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Mexico acceded to the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (ETS No.108) and its Added Protocol (ETS No.181).

28/06/2018 Strasbourg

Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (ETS No.108) Additional Protocol to the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data, regarding supervisory authorities and transborder data flows...

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Albanian journalists sound the alarm on copyright issues at a roundtable discussion entitled “Copyright, not the right to copy”

25/06/2018 Tirana, Albania

The Albanian Media Council organized a roundtable on "Copyright, not the right to copy" in Tirana on 25 June 2018 focusing on media copyright issues, especially online. The activity aimed at fostering discussions over the challenges faced by Albanian journalists regarding copyright and...

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JUFREX inter-professional seminar: Mediation in support of freedom of expression - Media regulation and self-regulation before the court


Mediation of the self-regulatory and regulatory body before the court proceeding is still an inadequately utilised potential in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s legal framework, in terms of protection of freedom of expression, especially in libel and defamation cases. Enhancement of the mediation and...

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Luxembourg must improve its strategy to prevent risks of corruption in government and in the police sector

27/06/2018 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) publishes today its fifth-round evaluation report on Luxembourg. The main focus of this round is preventing corruption and promoting integrity in central governments (top executive functions) and law enforcement agencies. GRECO...

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30th plenary meeting of the CEPEJ

27/06/2018 Strasbourg

During its 30th plenary meeting, the CEPEJ will celebrate its 15th anniversary. Since 2003, the CEPEJ has been entrusted by the Committee of Ministers with the task of improving the quality and efficiency of judicial systems and strengthening the confidence of individuals in the member States....

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Council of Europe HELP Annual conference: “Good training for good judgments”

22/06/2018 Strasbourg

The European Programme for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) of the Council of Europe gathered representatives from Judiciary Schools and Bar Councils from member States on 21-22 June 2018. Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, opened...

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