The CEPEJ Working Group on Mediation was set up in 2006 to promote and support the implementation of the recommendations issued by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers relating to mediation. Its work has allowed the Council of Europe to publish in 2007 several Guidelines for a better implementation of existing recommendations.
The CEPEJ Statute emphasizes the comparison of judicial systems and the exchange of knowledge on their functioning. The scope of this comparison goes beyond efficiency stricto sensu because it is specifically interested in the quality and efficiency of justice.
The international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) with participatory status with the Council of Europe held their summer session from 26 to 30 June 2017. This session was marked both by the elections of the chairmen and vice-chairmen of the transversal commissions “education and culture”, “democracy, social cohesion and global challenges” and “human rights” only by the 40th anniversary of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe celebrated at a reception given by the Mayor of the city and Eurometropolis of Strasbourg (see the President’s word: https://rm.coe.int/16806ecbd3).
Jean-Jacques Kuster participated for the EUR in the Conference.
The worrisome situation of NGOs in some countries was mentioned in particular in Hungary and Turkey.
The Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Ms Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, closed the proceedings by highlighting the major role of INGOs and their recognized place in the Council of Europe. Representing civil society, their role is to protect the health and liveliness of our democracies, more than ever threatened by extremism and fanaticism. They are the voice of citizens in Council of Europe bodies to strengthen their action and continue to promote human and social rights, as well as the protection of vulnerable people.
On 23 and 24 May 2017, after its interruption, the CEPEJ Working Group on Mediation (CEPEJ-GT-MED) met for the first time in its new mandate under the chairmanship of Mr Rimantas Simantis, a Lithuanian attorney-at-law.
The CEPEJ Working Group on the Evaluation of European judicial systems held a meeting from 3 to 5 May 2017 to finalize the data collection process necessary for the preparation of the next bi-annual report.
The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice held its 28th Plenary Meeting on 6 and 7 December 2016. Mr André Potocki, Judge at the European Court of Human Rights, opened the session and saluted the “eminent contribution “the CEPEJ made to the work of the Court, thus” facilitating and prolonging its action. Continue reading Strasbourg, 6-7 December 2016, 28th CEPEJ Plenary Meeting→
The first Cyber Justice Europe Conference took place on 5 December 2016 at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. It was organised by the French Institute for Higher Judicial Studies and the Cyberjustice Laboratory of the University of Montreal (Quebec, Canada) with the participation of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ). Continue reading Strasbourg, 5 December 2016, Cyber Justice Europe Conference→