Artificial intelligence in the field of justice and online alternative dispute resolution on the agenda of the Commission for the Efficiency of Justice

Strasbourg 4-5 December
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Meeting in plenary session, the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) should adopt guidelines on online alternative dispute resolution aiming in particular to ensure that the artificial intelligence mechanisms increasingly used in this context do not jeopardise the principles of a fair trial.

CEPEJ is also expected to adopt a tool for assessing compliance with the five principles of the European Ethical Charter on the use of artificial intelligence.

In addition, the meeting will be an opportunity for the CEPEJ to adopt its 2024-2025 programme of activities, to discuss a report on case weighting cases for public prosecutor’s offices and a project to set up a database on European practices in reducing the backlog of cases.

More information - Contact: Estelle Steiner, tel. +33 3 88 41 33 35

Implementing ECHR judgments

Strasbourg 5-7 December
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The Committee of Ministers will hold its quarterly meeting to oversee the implementation of judgments and decisions from the European Court of Human Rights.

Cases proposed for detailed examination during the meeting.

More information - Contact: Andrew Cutting, tel. +32 485 21 72 02

And also...

4 December, Rome

The Italian Chamber of Deputies will host a public meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly’s Monitoring Committee (PACE) on “The strategies and tools of the Council of Europe to ensure respect for human rights, rule of law and democracy obligations in the resolution of conflicts”.

Draft agenda - Contact: PACE Communication Division, tel. +33 3 88 41 31 93

4 December, Strasbourg

The independent expert group (GREVIO) responsible for monitoring the implementation of the Council of Europe’s Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention), will publish its baseline report on Liechtenstein.

Contact: Estelle Steiner, tel. +33 3 88 41 33 35

4 December, Berlin

Deputy Secretary General Bjørn Berge will participate in the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) Board Meeting.

Contact: Päivi Suhonen, tel. +33 6 69 76 52 89

4 December, Kyiv

The second meeting under the high-level dialogue “Good Democratic Governance in Ukraine: achievements, challenges and the way forward in post-war period” will bring together key national stakeholders who will discuss perspectives for good democratic governance reforms in Ukraine in order to reach broad agreement to improve the legal framework on multi-level governance and elections in light of European standards, good practice and Ukraine’s status of the EU candidate country. The opening addresses will be delivered by Oleksandr Korniyenko, First Deputy Chairperson of the Parliament of Ukraine, and Mathieu Mori, Secretary General of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities (by video message).

The Dialogue is taking part under the Council of Europe Programme “Strengthening Good Democratic Governance and Resilience in Ukraine” and the Project “Supporting democratic post-war elections in Ukraine” implemented under the Council of Europe Action Plan for Ukraine “Resilience, Recovery and Reconstruction” 2023–2026.

The welcome remarks (2-2.10 p.m. local time) will be open to media upon preliminary registration.

Contacts: (Strasbourg) Tatiana Baeva, tel. +33 3 88 41 21 41 ; (Kyiv) Dmytro Laskavyi, tel. +380 50 818 4989

4 December , Strasbourg and online (9 am-6 pm)

The Council of Europe’s SOGI Unit and the HELP network, in partnership with the UNHCR and the EUAA (European Union Agency for Asylum), will hold an international conference to officially launch the HELP e-learning course on “LGBTI persons in the asylum procedure.”

The international launch will provide the opportunity for international and national stakeholders to exchange information on existing relevant standards, practices and tools, and to raise awareness of the often-overlooked lived realities and rights of LGBTI asylum seekers.

The conference will also be the occasion to hear from frontline human rights defenders, some of whom are themselves LGBTI persons with a migration background, on the specific challenges faced by LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees in the asylum process, also in the context of reception and integration.

The event will be webcast live in English and in French.

Programme – Contact: Tatiana Baeva, tel. +33 3 88 41 21 41

5 December, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing six judgments concerning Albania, Croatia, Italy, Romania, Türkiye and the United Kingdom.

More informationECHR Website, tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08

5 December, Strasbourg and online (2.30-5 pm)

In the framework of the second annual meeting of the Pool of International Experts on Safe Sport, the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) and in particular its “Start to Talk” project will hold a roundtable entitled “Safer recruitment in sport: human rights-compliant screening of criminal and disciplinary records”.

The event aims to foster an exchange of opinions and know-how between professionals from different sectors and to address emerging challenges in the national and international sharing of criminal and disciplinary backgrounds of employees and volunteers in regular contact with children in sport.

More information - Registration - Contact: Päivi Suhonen, tel. +33 6 69 76 52 89

5 December, Paris

The winner of the 2024 Council of Europe Museum Prize will be announced at a meeting of PACE’s Culture Committee.

Contact: PACE Communication Division, tel. +33 3 88 41 31 93

5 December, Chisinau

The Council of Europe will organise, in co-operation with the Moldovan Audiovisual Council, a round table to discuss the lessons learnt on the monitoring of hate speech in the media during the campaign for the local elections held in the Republic of Moldova in November 2023. The event is part of the joint European Union and Council of Europe programme “Partnership for Good Governance”, co-funded by the EU/CoE and implemented by the Council of Europe, in the framework of the project “Combating discrimination, hate speech and hate crimes in the Republic of Moldova”.

The event will be open to media.


Contacts: (Strasbourg) Jaime Rodriguez, tel +33 6 89 99 50 42; (Chisinau) Mirela Chiriac, tel. +373 69187629

5-6 December, Tirana


A team of anti-doping experts will conduct an evaluation visit to assess the Albanian anti-doping system. The team will meet public authorities responsible for the fight against doping, including representatives from the Ministries of Education and Sport, Health, Internal Affairs and the Albanian National Anti-Doping Agency, sport federations and the Albanian Olympic Committee, as well as representatives of law enforcement agencies and other relevant bodies.

Contact: Päivi Suhonen, tel. +33 6 69 76 52 89

5-8 December, United States

Deputy Secretary General Bjørn Berge will make a working visit to the UN. He will also have bilateral meetings in New York and Washington.

Contact: Päivi Suhonen, tel. +33 6 69 76 52 89

6 December, Tbilisi (Hotel Sheraton Metechi Palace-9.30 am local time)

A conference entitled “Democracy Starts in Schools-Engaging School Children in Decision Making Processes in Schools and Communities in Georgia” will be organised by the Council of Europe Office in Georgia.

The primary objective of this conference is to present the preliminary results of the Council of Europe project on enhancing democratic participation within the education system, with a specific emphasis on involving school children in decision-making processes.

The event will bring together participants from the school community, including school principals, teachers, parents, and pupils. It will be open to media.

Contacts: (Tbilisi) Ketevan Sakhelashvili, tel. +995 599 342 434; (Strasbourg) Tatiana Baeva, tel. +33 3 88 41 21 41

7 December, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 18 judgments and/or decisions concerning Armenia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Russia and Ukraine.

More informationECHR Website, tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08

7-8 December, Cologne (Germany) and online

The Venice Commission and the Academy for European Human Rights Protection (University of Cologne) will organise an international conference entitled “Money and Democracy – an Uneasy Relationship”. The conference will explore ways in which undue influence of big money on democratic decision-making may be exposed, monitored, contained or even prevented.

The event will bring together Venice Commission members, politicians, academics, representatives of international organisations and journalists from various countries.

More informationRegistration (mandatory) – Contact:  Panos Kakaviatos, tel. +33 6 98 37 64 04

8 December, Baku

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić will make an official visit to Azerbaijan.

Contact: Giuseppe Zaffuto, tel. +33 6 86 32 10 24




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