Council of Europe Conference on the future of the European Court of Human Rights, Izmir, 26 and 27 April 2011
Izmir - Council of Europe High Level Conference on the future of the European Court of Human Rights is being held on April 26 and 27 in Izmir, Turkey, organised by the Turkish Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The Minister of Justice of the Republic of Slovenia Mr. Aleš Zalar is participating on behalf of the Slovenian government.
The Conference aims to following up and maintaining the momentum of the process of reform of the European Court of Human Rights, which is urgent due to high number of applications to the Court. There are approximately 2.000 applications filed every year, claiming violations of the European Convention on Human Rights. All together, approximately 140.000 applications are pending before the Court.
Ministers of justice and other representatives of the 47 Member States are participating at the Conference, together with Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, President of the Parliamentary Assembly, Jean-Paul Costa, President of the European Court of Human Rights and Thomas Hammarberg, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights. The Conference will be opened by Ahmet Davutoğlu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Turkey and Chairman of the Committee of Ministers. The Izmir Declaration will be adopted at the end of the Conference. It will take stock of the progress made on the reform and lay down guidelines for pursuing the process.
Promoting the reform of the European Court of Human Rights was one of the priorities of Slovenian Chairmanship of the Council of Europe in 2009.