The KU Leuven Institute for European Law, the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and the KU Leuven Centre for Public Law, with the support of the European Society of International Law and the Association of Human Rights Institutes, are organising a web conference on ‘the European Convention on Human Rights at 70: Achievements, Challenges and Interactions with Legal Orders’. The web conference will be held on Wednesday 4 November 2020 from 9:30 AM – 12:45 PM CET and from 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM CET.

Exactly 70 years ago, on 4 November 1950, the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, in short, the European Convention on Human Rights (“ECHR” or “Convention”), was done at Rome. The Convention, developed within the context of the Council of Europe, which had been set up just one year earlier, has been a momentous success. As the Council of Europe gradually expanded, ever more European countries became parties to it and to its steadily increasing Protocols. Today, the ECHR is the living law of not less than 47 Council of Europe Member States, enforced by one of the most successful and impactful supranational courts, the European Court of Human Rights (“ECtHR”). However, various challenges currently threaten the enduring success of the Convention.

A first panel explores the achievements of, and the challenges for, the ECHR. A second panel inquires into the interactions between the Convention and the national (constitutional) legal orders of the Council of Europe Member States. A third panel examines the relationship between the ECHR and the law of the EU, in particular in light of the planned accession of the EU to the Convention – decreed by Article 6(2) of the Treaty on European Union ) -, the case-law of the Court of Justice of the European Union, and the follow-up to the latter’s Opinion 2/13. A fourth panel studies the many interactions between the ECHR and other areas of public international law, including migration and refugee law and international humanitarian law. In the middle of the conference, Judge Paul Lemmens of the European Court of Human Rights will give a keynote on whether the European Court is ready for the next 70 years.