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Our Shared Responsibility: The Implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights

11 May 2012

Today marks the beginning of a two-day conference in Brussels hosted by the Belgian Government and the Council of Europe, on the Implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights, Our Shared Responsibility.

The conference will be an opportunity for Member States to discuss how best to ensure that judgements from the European Court of Human Rights are quickly and effectively put into practice. The aim is to come out with a political declaration that reaffirms Member States commitment to the Convention and the Convention system, along with an action plan on how to improve the execution of the Court’s judgements.


Belgium, in its current role as Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, the body responsible for oversight of ECHR judgements, is hosting the conference and published a draft declaration earlier this year. Several governments, intergovernmental organisations and NGOs responded to the proposals and the final declaration will be launched at the event.


The AIRE Centre and 10 other NGOs agreed a joint statement responding to the Belgian declaration for a more effective implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights.



The joint statement welcomed many of the proposals including increased cooperation and dialogue amongst bodies of the Council of Europe and State Parties, on implementation of the Convention. 

The NGOs involved agreed that "All efforts by executive, parliamentary and judicial authorities to better integrate the Convention standards into national law, policy and practice must be encouraged and we strongly support commitments by States Parties to improve mechanisms for domestic implementation of the Convention. Effective execution of judgments is at the core of securing the effectiveness of the Court and the Convention system as a whole."

The statement also sets out principal concerns and areas for improvement, including highlighting the important role of civil society in the implementation of the Convention. 

The AIRE Centre, along with other prominent NGOs will be taking part in an official side event today entitled: ‘Implementation of Convention Rights and Judgments: The Key Role of NGOs and NHRIs’.

Our founder and Senior Lawyer, Nuala Mole will be speaking at the event, alongside Professor Philip Leach, Middlesex University, Noémie Bienvenu, Commission nationale consultative des droits de l'homme, and Christian De Vos, Open Society Justice Initiative. Dr Basak Cali , Koc University Istanbul will moderate the event.

Nuala will be speaking about our work on the execution of judgments and the implementation of the ECHR, particularly in the Western Balkans, and the challenges posed for the implementation of the ECHR in the light of the approach taken by the CJEU.   

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