San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
This groundbreaking conference, hosted by the Polish Senate, will focus on the role of national parliaments in the implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights, including judgments of the European Court of Human Rights.
The role of parliaments has been identified as crucial to reinforcing the Convention system and the conference will provide a unique opportunity to debate the issue following on from the High Level Conference of Council of Europe governments in March.
The conference, supported by the Nuffield Foundation, is free to attend but it is essential to register to reserve your place.
The conference will bring together from across Europe: parliamentarians and parliamentary staff; government representatives; judicial actors; national human rights institutions; civil society groups; academics; and officials of Council of Europe bodies, including the Court; the Parliamentary Assembly and the Committee of Ministers.
- Robert Biedroń, mayor of Słupsk; former member of the Sejm, Poland
- Adam Bodnar, Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, Warsaw
- Bogdan Borusewicz, Speaker of the Senate, Poland
- Dominika Bychawska-Siniarska, Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, Warsaw
- Dr Başak Çali, Associate Professor, Koc University Law School (Turkey)
- Justyna Chrzanowska, Polish Government Agent
- Dr Alice Donald, Middlesex University
- Andrew Drzemczewski, Head of Secretariat, Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
- Daniel Florea MP, Romanian Chamber of Deputes sub-committee for the execution of judgments
- Katarzyna Gonera, Judge of the Supreme Court and President of the National Judicial Council, Poland
- Murray Hunt, Legal adviser to the UK Joint Committee on Human Rights
- Zdravka Kalaydjieva, former ECtHR Judge (Bulgaria)
- Professor Philip Leach, Middlesex University
- Egbert Myjer, former ECtHR Judge (Netherlands
- Senator Michal Seweryński, Poland
- Fredrik Sundberg, Deputy Director of Department for the Execution of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights
- Christian de Vos, Open Society Justice Initiative
- Almut Wittling-Vogel, Representative of the German Federal Government for Matters Relating to Human Rights
- Mirosław Wróblewski, Ombudsman's Office, Poland
Panel discussions will address:
- What parliamentary mechanisms for human rights implementation exist, and how effective are they?
- How can parliaments strengthen their oversight role and what are the obstacles?
- What do governments need to do to strengthen democratic oversight of human rights?
- How can parliaments strengthen their links with Council of Europe bodies?
- How is the Court developing its approach to assessing the quality of democratic deliberation when assessing state conduct for compliance with the Convention.