Forum for the Future of Democracy, October 2010

Anne participated in the 6th session of the Council of Europe’s Forum for the Future of Democracy in Yerevan, Armenia, on October 19-21.  Every two years, the Forum brings together a wide variety of participants from across the 47 member states of the Council of Europe to analyze the application of principles of democratic governance to contemporary political and societal changes.

Yerevan, Cascade and city centre

Contributing to this year’s overarching theme “Perspectives 2020” that focused both on the principles of democracy in Europe and on its challenges, Anne presented an issue paper entitled The impact of European human rights law and case-law on shaping democracy at the Forum’s working session on Law and Democracy.  The paper outlined the role of human rights law as a guardian of pre-democratic rights, as a tool for protecting non-citizens and marginalized groups, and as an instrument providing guiding principles for domestic decision makers.

Conference Session

Yuri Dzhibladze (President of the Center for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights, Russian Federation) acted as a discussant and initiated a lively and controversial discussion about challenges to the implementation of judgments by the European Court of Human Rights and related questions regarding the legitimacy of the Council of Europe.   Jan Borgen (Deputy Secretary General of the International Commission of Jurists) and Krzysztof Drzewicki (advisor to the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chair of International Law at the University of Gdansk) also participated in the panel that was moderated by Lina Papadopoulou (Assistant Professor for Constitutional Law at the University of Thessaloniki). The draft conclusions of the overall Forum are available online.

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