Participation of the judge of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine in the Conference “Regional Challenges in Implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights”

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Participation of the judge of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine in the Conference “Regional Challenges in Implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights”

         On December 8-9, 2016 judge of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine Stanislav Shevchuk took part in the two-day Conference “Regional Challenges in Implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights” jointly organized by the Council of Europe, European Humanities University and the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania.

         Judges of the European Court of Human Rights, academics and representatives of the bodies of judicial power of Belarus, Croatia, Germany, Georgia, Great Britain, Lithuania, Poland, Turkey, and Ukraine took part in the Conference.

         The aim of the Conference was to examine common approaches and practices from different parts of Europe to the implementation and application of the European Convention on Human Rights. Therefore, the key issues for the discussion were: the relationship between the implementation and the perceived legitimacy of the European Court of Human Rights; compliance, European consensus  and the margin of appreciation; validity of regional consensus as a factor of interpretation of  European standards of human rights protection; challenges of implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights in situation of transition and recent transition.

         The above issues were discussed during the four sections in the context of the practice of the judiciary in Eastern and Central Europe, Western (and including Northern) Europe and Southern Europe.

         President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania Dainius Žalimas, Sergey Dikman (Council of Europe), Maxim Timofeev (European Humanities University) welcomed the audience.

         President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania Dainius Žalimas delivered a report: “Regional Challenges in Implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights: Lithuanian perspective”.

         At the first day of the Conference judge of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine Stanislav Shevchuk took part in the panel discussion: “In dealing with national judges”, moderated by Professor Fiona de Londras (Birmingham, UK). Judge of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania Danutė Jočienė, judge of the Court of Appeal of Schleswig Christian Schmalz (Germany), former Vice President of the Constitutional Court of Georgia Konstantine Vardzelashvili and Vice President of the Constitutional Court of Turkey Engin Yıldırım also participated in the discussion.

         Next day Stanislav Shevchuk delivered a report: “The Implementation of the ECHR Standards in Ukraine through the Decisions of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine”.

         Judge of the European Court of Human Rights Ganna Yudkivska, President of Section V of the ECHR presented concluding remarks. She noted that one of the key challenges that the court faces with is seeking new interpretation of the rights, guaranteed by the Convention in the context of the so-called evolutionary interpretation.

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