Expert conference

Judicial independence under threat?

Global conference in Strasbourg

Keynotes and discussions

Details

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

8.30h Registration

Main Building Council of Europe

528 Avenue de l´Europe

2nd Floor, Room 5

Please bring your passport!

9.00h Welcoming Remarks

Prof. Dr. Michael Eichberger

Former Judge of the German Federal Constitutional Court

9.15h Judicial independence - Presentation of the regional events of the Rule of Law Programmes in 2018

Dr. Franziska Rinke

Coordinator International Rule of Law Programmes

Status Report – Perspectives on judicial independence by the regional Rule of Law Programmes

9.30h a) Sub Saharan Africa

Keynote Address by

Hon. Justice David Maraga

Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kenya

9.50h Open Discussion / Q & A

10.00h b) Latin America

Keynote Address by

Hon. Justice Maria Thereza de Assis Moura

Vice President Superior Court of Justice of Brazil

10.20h Open Discussion / Q & A

10.30h c) Asia

Keynote Address by

Justice Ilwon Kang

Retired Justice of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of South Korea

10.50h Open Discussion / Q & A

11.00h Health Break

11.30h d) Middle East/ North Africa

12.00h Keynote Address by

Mireille Najm-Checrallah

Attorney-a-Law, Beirut

12.20h Open Discussion / Q & A

12.30h Initiatives of the Council of Europe

Thomas Markert

Director, Secretary of the Venice Commission

Council of Europe

12.45h Group Photo - Lunch Break

Continuing Status Report - Persüpectives on judicial independence in the Rule of Law Programmes regions

14.00h e) South East Europe

Keynote Address by

Marin MRČELA

Vice-President of the Supreme Court of Croatia

President of GRECO

14.20h Open Discussion / Q & A

14.30h The case-laws with respect to the independence of judiciary – the initiatives in the regional courts

Perspective of the European Court of Human Rights

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Angelika Nußberger

Vice-Precident European Court of Human Rights

Perspective of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

Pablo Saavedra

Executive Secretary Inter-American Court of Human Rights

Perspective of the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights

Prof. Charles Manga Fombad

University of Pretoria

Panel discussion moderated by

Dr. Marie-Christine Fuchs

Director of the Rule of Law Programme Latin America

15.30h Transfer to the Sofitel Hotel

4 Place Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune, 67000 Strasbourg

16.00h Health Break

16.30h Group Discussion: Selection and appointment of Judges

The participants will be divided into five (5) groups representing the five regions (Sub Saharan Africa, Latin America, Asia, East/North Africa, South East Europe). Each group will be assigned one case study to work on. The case study was developed by the former Constitutional Court Judge Prof. Dr. Michael Eichberger. Each group will be assisted by the responsible Director of the Rule of Law Programme.

The session will start with a short input from a regional expert, namely:

Sub Saharan Africa

Prof. Charles Manga Fombad

University of Pretoria

Latin America

Hon. Justice Maria Thereza de Assis Moura

Vice President Superior Court of Justice of Brazil

Asia

Justice Maria Filomena D. Singh

Associate Justice, Court of Appeals of the Philippines

Middle East/ North Africa

Justice Jean Fahed

President Judge at Supreme Judicial Council

South East Europe

Justice Simona-Maya Teodoroiu

Justice at the Constitutional Court of Romania

Each group will select a Rapporteur. The Rapporteurs will be given 5 minutes each to present their group’s output on the following day.

19.00h Reception at the Sofitel Hotel

Thursday, 6 December 2018

8.30h Registration

Main Building Council of Europe

2nd Floor, Room 5

9.00h Group Presentations and Open Discussion: What can we learn globally?

Moderator: Dr. Christian Steiner

Lawyer/Consultant

12.00h Lunch Break

13.00h The role of judicial councils – Presentation of the UN report

Dr. Diego García-Sayán

Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers

14.00h Kyiv Recommendations on Judicial Independence

Prof. Dr. Anja Seibert-Fohr

University Heidelberg


Mater of Ceremonies: Dr. Franziska Rinke, KAS

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Venue

Main Building Council of Europe, 528 Avenue de l´Europe, 2nd Floor, Room 5, Strasbourg

Speakers

  • Dr. Arne Wulff
    • Gisela Elsner
      • Dr. Diego García-Sayán u.A.
        Justitia Markus Daams, Flickr
        Venice commission, council of europe