6.1. Russia and the Council of Europe: 25 years of Pan-European Legal Space

Friday, May 21
12:30 - 14:00

Channel 1
Open Access Live Stream

Track: 6. International Law. International Justice
Discussion session

25 years ago Russia acceded to the Council of Europe, thus making it a genuine Pan-European institution. This quarter-century has therefore seen an impressive development of the Pan-European legal space with a view to achieving a greater unity in greater Europe.

The history of Russia’s cooperation within the Council of Europe counts numerous success stories that have been achieved through a multilateral dialogue and interaction. Despite the current crisis of the multilateralism, the Organisation is pursuing its treaty activities and promotes the international judicial dialogue on the basis of the European Convention on Human Rights and other instruments.

The panel will recall the achievements in this area and address further prospects of the Pan-European legal space along with numerous challenges it is facing.


Mikhail Galperin

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


Aleksandr Konovalov

Presidential Plenipotentiary in the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation

Anatoliy Kovler

Head of the Department of International and European Law, The Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Government of the Russian Federation, Judge of the European Court of Human Rights (1999 — 2012), Replacement Member of the Russian Federation in the Venice Commission (Since 2016)

Tatiana Moskalkova

High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation

Tatiana Petrova

Deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation – Chairperson of the Judicial Chamber for Administrative Cases

Verena Taylor

Director of the Office of the Directorate General of Programmes, Council of Europe


Verena holds a PhD in political science and, after working with civil society/NGOs in Vienna and London, joined the Council of Europe in 1989 when the Organisation expanded rapidly, both with regard to member States and to new standards. She is responsible for the programming, resource mobilisation and decentralised implementation of/for Council of Europe cooperation and technical assistance.  She strongly believes that the Organisation’s standards and policies on human rights, the rule of law and participation are as relevant today as they were when the Council of Europe was founded in 1949.

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