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Council of Europe: New Protocol on Foreign Fighters Opened for Signature

(Oct. 30, 2015) On October 22, 2015, a new Protocol on Foreign Terrorist Fighters was opened for signature for the states that have already become signatories to the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism. The Protocol was adopted by the Council of Ministers in May 2015. (Appendix: Additional Protocol to the Council […]

China; Council of Europe; Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development: Ratification of Mutual Assistance Treaty on Tax Matters

(July 10, 2015) On July 1, 2015, China’s legislature, the National People’s Congress, ratified the multilateral 1988 Council of Europe – Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) treaty of mutual assistance in tax matters, as amended by a 2010 protocol. (China (People’s Rep.); Council of Europe; OECD: Convention and Protocol on Mutual Administrative Assistance […]

Austria; Council of Europe; Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development: Ratification of Tax Convention

(Sept. 10, 2014) On August 28, 2014, Austria deposited its instrument of ratification of the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters. The Convention and its amending Protocol will enter into force for Austria in three months, on December 1. (Convention and Protocol on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters – Austria Deposits Instruments […]

Council of Europe: Convention to Prevent and Combat Violence Against Women Enters into Force

(Aug. 12, 2014) On August 1, 2014, the Council of Europe (COE) Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence entered into force, following its ratification by 14 signatories, which are all COE Member States: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Italy, Malta, Montenegro, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, and Turkey. […]

Council of Europe; Norway: Signing of Protocol to European Convention on Human Rights

(July 15, 2013) On June 25, 2013, Norway signed Protocol 15 Amending the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europoe (COE) adopted the Protocol on May 16, 2013. (Catherine Shakdam, Strengthening the European Court of Human Rights, OSLO TIMES (June 26, 2013); Protocol […]

Council of Europe: Austerity Measures in Europe Deemed to Increase Racism and Xenophobia

(May 8, 2012) On May 3, 2012, the European Commission on Racism and Xenophobia (ECRI) of the Council of Europe (COE), in its annual report, noted that, in general, religious intolerance and discrimination continue to exist in COE Member States and acknowledged that high unemployment and the reduction of social benefits are contributing factors to […]

Council of Europe; European Court of Human Rights: 47 Member States Adopt the Brighton Declaration

(May 7, 2012) On April 20, 2012, the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, at a high-level ministerial conference in Brighton, United Kingdom, unanimously voted to adopt a series of measures, known as the “Brighton Declaration,” aimed at reforming the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). The Brighton conference follows two previous conferences, […]

Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights Denies Claim of Violation of the Right to Vote Abroad for Greek Expatriates

(Mar. 26, 2012) On March 15, 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its judgment on the case Sitaropoulos and Giakoumopoulos v. Greece, held that there was no violation by Greece of article 3 of Protocol 1 to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental […]

Council of Europe: Public Persons and the Right to Privacy

(Feb. 13, 2012) On February 7, 2012, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) rendered a judgment in a case involving the right to privacy of public individuals and limitations on such a right. (Axel Springer Ag. v. Germany, ECHR, Grand Chamber (Feb. 7, 2012).) Background The case involved a German publishing company's disclosure in […]

Council of Europe: Parliamentary Assembly Adopts Resolution on Abuse of State Secrecy and National Security

(Sept. 12, 2011) As the United States prepares to commemorate the ten-year anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, across the Atlantic, the Council of Europe (COE), a regional organization dedicated to promoting and safeguarding human rights, has been particularly active. On September 7, 2011, the Parliamentary Assembly (PA) and the Committee of […]