Wednesday, 15 May
15:00 - 17:30
Amphitheatre, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)
Special international procedures for human rights protection that appeared in the second half of the 20th century, provided for claims consideration by judicial and quasi-judicial bodies out of the legal systems of separate jurisdictions. Such remedies include reference of cases to different regional human rights courts (European, African, Inter-American), the UN contractual bodies (e.g. Human Rights Committee, Committee Against torture, etc.).
The European Court of Human Rights is, surely, the most relevant for European countries. In 1998, the Russian Federation joined the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, and, therefore, voluntarily undertook all the commitments pursuant to the Convention and accepted the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights.
Pursuant to the spirit of the Convention, the parties thereto are committed to provide for human rights and freedoms to be ensured and protected, first of all, at the national level, and for the conventional protection to become extraordinary, as it was contemplated.
Such approach has already provided for the resolution of serious systemic issues in legal systems of the member states of the Council of Europe that used to be the reason for numerous applications to the Court of Europe, including: too long terms of enforcement of national courts’ decisions, red tape upon civil and criminal cases consideration in national courts, violation of the legal certainty principle, etc.
The call for national remedies development puts forward the question what instances should be passed at the national level. The session will cover, inter alia, the determination of national remedies exhaustability before applying to international authorities, more active involvement of supreme national courts as a mandatory instance before applying to supranational remedies, and the general prospects of development of cooperation between national and international courts.
The session will cover, inter alia, the determination of national remedies exhaustability before applying to international authorities, as well as how to implement legal protection accessibility and efficiency criteria developed by the European Court of Human Rights and national courts on the country level. The discussion is expected to put forward new practical approaches in order to promote cooperation between national and international courts, providing attorneys, corporate lawyers, judges, administrative and law enforcement authorities, and other dedicated professionals with a deeper insight into legal options embedded in human rights framework, thus reinforcing mechanisms to protect the rights of individuals and legal entities.
Top officials of the Council of Europe, Russian and international courts, judges of the European Court of Human Rights, representatives of Russian authorities and civil institutions, luminary Russian and international experts are expected to attend the session.
Questions for discussion:
The Session Programme is available following the link.
Judge Ad Hoc of the European Court of Human Rights, Associate Professor of Business Law Department of the St. Petersburg State University
Representative of the Russian Federation in the European Court of Human Rights - Deputy Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation
Judge, Сonstitutional Court of the Russian Federation
Magistrate, Constitutional Court of Spain
Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights
President, Council of State of Turkey
Head of the Department of International Law, Lomonosov Moscow State University
Minister of Justice of Slovenia
Head of the Center for foreign legislation and comparative law, Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Government of the Russian Federation
Judge, European Court of Human Rights
Deputy Chief Justice, Supreme Court of the Russian Federation
Director of the Directorate of Human Rights, Council of Europe
* The Programme may be subject to change
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