Today, the Council of Europe launched a new project “Foster Transparency of Judicial Decisions and Enhancing the National Implementation of the ECHR” (TJENI). This multilateral project will support the transparency and accessibility of national case law with the aim to improve the consistency of national jurisprudence and strengthen human rights protection.
The event brought together more than 60 participants: representatives of project partners from Cyprus, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovenia, as well as representatives of some other countries (France, Norway and Portugal), top-level officials of the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights, representatives of the Council of Europe (European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ), Committee on Artificial Intelligence (CAI), Chief Information Officer), and experts.
The event was opened by Ms Ingrid Schulerud, Special Representative of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Mr Christophe Poirel, Director of the Human Rights Directorate at the Council of Europe, who recalled the importance of the uniform application of the law for public confidence in the courts, fairness and justice. Mr Poirel also stressed the role of the TJENI project to “assist member states in handling matters where standards are still in the process of being refined”.
Mr Tigran Karapetyan, Head of the Transversal Challenges and Multilateral Projects Division, presented upcoming activities planned under the project for 2022 and 2023 as well as the expected outputs.
Frédéric Dolt, Head of Department Implementation of Human Rights, Justice and Legal Co-operation Standards, emphasised that the national experiences presented during the day and the following discussions “showed that there is a spectrum of good practices and interlinks between publication of the case law, consistency of the judicial decision making, access to justice and legal certainty” and that “all delegations had a lot to bring and to share”.
The event provided a platform for the project partners to meet and exchange views on legal and technical questions and solutions related to case law transparency and accessibility in different jurisdictions and the approach by the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights.
The TJENI project is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation.
More about the project: https://www.coe.int/tjeni