On 2 November 2017, the Council of Europe and the European Union, in co-operation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, held an event “Law of the European Convention on human rights: presentation of the Council of Europe materials for legal professionals of the Republic of Belarus”. More than 60 representatives of legal professions of Belarus were informed about the latest publications on human rights prepared by the Council of Europe, including the Russian edition of the renowned textbook “Law of the European Convention on Human Rights” by David Harris, Michael O'Boyle, Edward Bates, and Carla Buckley. The presentation included keynote speeches by Mr Dmitry Dedov, judge of the European Court of Human Rights elected in respect of the Russian Federation, Mr Alexander Fedortsov, President of the Court of Eurasian Economic Union, and Mr Grigory Vasilevich, former judge of the Constitutional Court of Belarus.
The presentation raised a big interest among the legal community of Belarus. The participants included prosecutors, judges of the supreme and constitutional courts, as well as ordinary courts, lawyers from the Republican and Minsk city bar chambers, members from the two chambers of the Parliament, law professors and non-governmental organisations. The presentation was followed by discussions on the methodology of translation of the European Convention on Human Rights and other international treaties, the role of the quality of legal translations and terminology, as well as access to legal literature of good quality on the European Convention on Human Rights as a condition for its effective application.
The event was opened by the representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, the Council of Europe and the Delegation of the European Union to Belarus.
The activity was organised in the framework of the joint project between the Council of Europe and the European Union "Human Rights for All", a part of the “Partnership for Good Governance” programme.