Conference on “Amicus Curiae: an effective guidance tool on human rights issues to national judicial institutions”

Tbilissi 23 June 2016
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The conference aims to stress the importance of the amicus curiae role for the Public Defender’s Office (PDO) and to provide the Georgian judiciary with the rationale behind third party interventions. The conference will open a public debate at national level among the key stakeholders in charge of the protection of human rights and discuss the best national and international practices.

High-level representatives of PDO, Supreme Court, Constitutional Court, Common Courts, Parliament of Georgia, Georgian Bar Association, and also leading non-governmental and international organisations working in the area of human rights will attend the Conference.

The Conference will provide a discussion platform about the use of Amicus Curiae tool by the PDO with keynote speeches delivered by the national legal professionals Council of Europe experts and consultants. Deliberations will be held in two consecutive panels in the afternoon session of the conference:

  • Quality of justice - obligation of the courts to reflect/deal with submitted amicus briefs in the final judgments;
  • PDO’s role in providing guidance on human rights issues to national judicial institutions; Necessary legislative amendments.

Judges, lawyers and representatives of the PDO and NGO representatives will prepare a set of conclusions to be presented at the closing plenary session of the conference. Materials of the Conference, including summaries of the issues discussed and presentations by keynote speakers will be made available online.