21/01/2016 - - Partners
ERA Seminar: Improving conditions related to detention, 25-26 February 2016, Strasbourg

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 tehir implementation, as well as the EAW.


Moritz Birk
, Researcher, Head of Human Dignity and Public Security Team, Ludwig Boltzmann of Human Rights (BIM), Vienna

Vincent De Gaetano, Chief Justice Emeritus of Malta, Judge at the European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg

Natacha De Roeck, Project Manager, European Programme for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP), Council of Europe, Strasbourg

David J Dickson, Solicitor Advocate, Head of Extradition, Crown Office, Edinburgh

Ioan Durnescu, Professor, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, University of Bucharest; Confederation of European Probation (CEP) Board Member

Ramin Farinpour, Course Director, European Criminal Law, ERA, Trier

Jemima Hartshorn, Legal and Policy Officer, Fair Trials Europe, Brussels

Andras Kadar, Co-chair, Hungarian Helsinki Committee, Budapest

Dr Bas Leeuw, Assistant Professor, Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology, Leiden University

Karolis Lutkievicius, Legal Officer, Human Rights Monitoring Institute, Vilnius

Gert Vermeulen, Director, Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy (IRCP), Ghent University

More information and registration

Please visit the ERA website for more information and registration.

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