Improving Conditions Related to Detention: The Role of the ECHR, the Strasbourg Court and the National Courts

Date: 25 to 26-02-2016

Location: Council of Europe Agora Building, 1, Quai Jacoutot, Strasbourg, France

Languages: English

Fees: € 100

Organiser: ERA in cooperation with Council of Europe and the European Organisation of Prison and Correctional Services (EuroPris)

Partnership: Co -funded by the Criminal Justice Programme of the European Union 2014 -2020


Type: Seminar


This first seminar in a series of five over two years will analyse the roles of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), as well as that of national courts, in improving conditions related to detention post and pre -trial. Case law, ECHR articles, best practice, mutual trust and recognition of judicial decisions, the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) and the Framework Decision (FD) 829 (European Supervision Order) will be looked at.

Key topics

  • Overview of relevant ECHR articles  
  • Case law of the European Court of Human Rights and national courts on issues related to detention
  •  Issues related to pre -trial detention
  •  Best judicial practice in improving matters related to detention
  •  Mutual trust and mutual recognition of judicial decisions relating to detention amongst EU Member States: the effect of Council FDs 2008/909/JHA and 2008/947/JHA (mutual recognition of judgments, custodial sentences and probation decisions), 2009/829/JHA (European Supervision Order) and the 2014 European Commission report on their implementation, as well as the EAW

Who should attend?

Judges, prosecutors, lawyers in private practice, ministry officials and officials from prison administrations, the probation system and prison.