56th meeting of the CAHDI, Helsinki, 20-21 September 2018

In a political climate which encourages interdependence between states, international law is constantly developing, and is increasingly becoming a key factor in the organisation of inter-state relations. The Council of Europe is accordingly working to co-ordinate its member states' activities in this field.

The Council of Europe does it through its Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law (CAHDI), an intergovernmental committee which brings together the legal advisers of the Ministries of foreign affairs of the member States of the Council of Europe as well as of a significant number of observer States and Organisations.

In this site you will be able to find out about the CAHDI, its structure, composition, functioning, as well as its activities including adopted texts, publications and unrestricted working documents.

Three databases containing information about the practice of Council of Europe member and observer states in various fields of public international law can be consulted on the site. Users can search for and consult information concerning "Immunities of States and international organisations", "Organisation and functions of the Office of the Legal Adviser in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs" and "Implementation of UN sanctions".

Presentation of Mr Pavel Šturma, Vice-Chair of the International Law Commission (ILC), during the 56th meeting of the CAHDI

21 September 2018 Helsinki, Finland
Mr Pavel Šturma provided the CAHDI experts with an overview on the Report on the 70th session (2018) of the International Law Commission. In this respect, he reviewed the different topics of work of the ILC as well as their respective progress, in particular concerning the "Subsequent agreements...

Presentation of Mr Stephen Mathias, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, during the 56th meeting of the CAHDI

20 September 2018 Helsinki, Finland
Mr. Stephen Mathias provided the CAHDI with an overview of current issues being addressed by the UN Office of Legal Affairs. Mr. Mathias addressed the need, when establishing international criminal tribunals, to consider issues such as residual functions, long-term costs, and governance. He also...

Statement of Ms Päivi Kaukoranta, Chair of the CAHDI, at the 70th Session of the International Law Commission on 19 July 2018

19 July 2018 Geneva, Switzerland
The Chair of the CAHDI, Ms Päivi Kaukoranta, held an exchange of views with the International Law Commission (ILC) on the 19th July 2018. The full version of the presentation of Ms Päivi Kaukoranta is available at the following link.

Statement of Ms Päivi Kaukoranta, Chair of the CAHDI, at the 1319th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies on 13th June 2018

13 June 2018 Strasbourg, France
The Chair of the CAHDI, Ms Päivi Kaukoranta, held an exchange of views with the Committee of Ministers on the 13th June 2018. In particular Ms Kaukoranta informed the Ministers' Deputies on the participation in the CAHDI meeting of the Secretary General of the Asian African Legal Consultative...