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1.1. European Convention on Human Rights and Russian Law: 20 Years Together

Wednesday, 16 May
15:00 - 17:00

Amphitheatre, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)

Session Agenda

Twenty years ago, Russia ratified the European Convention on Human Rights, thereby entering the pan-European legal space created by the Council of Europe. As a main consolidating mechanism for the fundamental legal values ​​of European society, the Convention has a huge impact on all European legal systems, including that of Russia. For 20 years, the Convention has become an integral part of Russian law, bringing added value to all its areas. The possibility to bring individual applications to the European Court of Human Rights not only provided Russian citizens with an additional remedy, but also led to positive structural changes that strengthened the authority and effectiveness of the Russian judicial system.

At the same time, today the Convention mechanism is reforming, the process of building an equal and constructive dialogue between the European Court of Human Rights and national legal systems is in the process, and the limits of the competence of the European Court are being realized in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity. The guarantee of the long-term development of the Convention's control mechanism is the trust of all member states of the Council of Europe.

The cases being examined today by the European Court concern not only the usual questions of criminal and civil law, but also new spheres of life such as bioethics (e.g. organ donation, surrogacy), Internet governance (e.g. site blocking, moderation of users' posts, domain names registration, company control over the correspondence of employees), sports (restrictions imposed on athletes in connection with doping controls, preventive detention of fans) and many others.

This session will gather the leadership of the Russian judicial system, advocacy, relevant ministries, the Council of Europe and the European Court in order to take stock of Russia's participation in the Convention system during the past 20 years and discuss topical questions of further cooperation. On the occasion of the anniversary of the ratification of the Convention, the session will also include a presentation of a special project "20 cases of the ECtHR that changed Russian law".

Moderator

Anatoliy Kovler

Head of the Center for Foreign Legislation and Comparative Law of the Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law Under the Government of the Russian Federation, Former Judge of the European Court of Human Rights (1999 - 2012)

Biography

Head of the Center for Legal Problems of Integration and International Cooperation of the Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Government of the Russian Federation, honored lawyer of the Russian Federation, Doctor of Judicial Science, Professor.

Graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International relations majoring in "International Relations" in 1971, and postgraduate studies in the Institute of Comparative Political Studies (formerly the Institute for international labor movement, USSR Academy of Sciences) the Russian Academy of Sciences in 1977.

He passed traineeship at the Universities of Bologna and Florence (1985), the House of Human Sciences in Paris (1988).

He worked at the Institute of State and Law Russian Academy of Science as a researcher (1979-1992) and head of the center for comparative law (1992-1999).

Chief editor of the magazine "State and law" (1996 to 1999).

Judge of the European court of human rights, elected from the Russian Federation (1999-2012).

Adviser to the Constitutional Court Of The Russian Federation. State Councilor of Justice of the I class (since March 2013). Expert: Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation (1992-1993, 1998), the Central Election Commission (1998-1999), the State Duma of the Russian Federation (1990-1999).

He taught at the Moscow state University  at the Department of sociology (1988-1991); MGIMO University (1978-1980, 2006-2012); the Russian Academy of management under the President of the Russian Federation (1992-1995); in the Academic law University under the Institute of State and Law of the Russian Academy of Sciences (1995-1999); Higher School of Economics (1998); the Russian Academy of Justice (2006-2012).

He gave lectures both abroad (in universities of France, Italy, USA, Belgium, Greece, Switzerland, Sweden, great Britain, Greenland) and in different cities of Russia (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladimir, Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Omsk, Perm, Saransk, Saratov, Tula, Ulyanovsk, Yakutsk).

He is the head of the Center of Legal Problems of Integration and International Cooperation of the Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Government of the Russian Federation.

In 2016, by presidential decree, he was appointed Deputy member of the European Commission for democracy through law (Venice Commission).

Author of 10 monographs and about 150 scientific publications on the theory of law, anthropology of law, human rights and comparative constitutional law.

Speakers

Aleksandr Konovalov

Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation

Angelika Nussberger

Vice President, European Court of Human Rights

Christos Giakoumopoulos

Director General Human Rights and Rule of Law Council of Europe

Sergey Mavrin

Vice-President of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation

Tatyana Petrova

Deputy Chairman, Supreme Court of the Russian Federation

Eckart Ratz

President, Supreme Court of the Republic of Austria

Mara Polyakova

Presidium Member, The Presidential Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights

Rinat Aliautdinov

Head of the Department for Humanitarian Cooperation and Human Rights, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

Mikhail Galperin

Representative of the Russian Federation in the European Court of Human Rights - Deputy Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation


* The Programme may be subject to change