A conference took place on 15 February in Baku to provide a forum for open discussions on national implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights. It welcomed the participation of international experts and a lawyer of the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights.
Attendees were representatives of state authorities of Azerbaijan, notably the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Presidential Administration, Ombudsman Office, Judicial Legal Council, Constitutional Court, Prosecutor General’s Office, Bar Association, judges, prosecutors, lawyers and non-governmental organisations working in the area of human rights.
Mr Mikhail Lobov, Head of Human Rights Policy and Co-operation Department of the Council of Europe, addressed the audience at the opening session speaking about the European Convention on Human Rights as a tool for justice reforms. The judicial dialogue between the European Court of Human Rights and domestic courts was also in focus of discussions during the conference.
The afternoon part continued in three parallel sessions dedicated to the topics such as the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights case-law as a tool to identify deficiencies in national legislation and practice, practical problems of taking a case to the European Court of Human Rights and property rights as protected by the European Convention on Human Rights. The conclusions of the parallel sessions were presented and discussed in the plenary session at the end of the conference. The particular conclusions of the discussions will be taken on board by the project to improve the contents of the capacity building measures.
The event was organised in the framework of the “Application of the European Convention on Human Rights and the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights in Azerbaijan” project, which is part of the Partnership for Good Governance (PGG) program for Eastern Partnership countries and is funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe.