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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

  • NEWS 2013-2014

  • 16 December 2013

    On 9-11 December 2013, high-ranking representatives of the Supreme Court, the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Administrative Court and the National Council of the Judiciary participated in a study visit to the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

    The visit’s programme included meetings with the President of the European Court of Human Rights and the Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. The participants had a chance to acquaint themselves with current work of the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, the Venice Commission, the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ), the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT), the work of the monitoring bodies of the European Social Charter, and of the Department for the Execution of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights. The participants also learned about the Council of Europe’s programmes and educational offer on human rights standards for  legal professionals.


    A significant part of the meetings took place in the seat of the European Court of Human Rights and was devoted to matters related to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. The principle of subsidiarity and the important role of national courts in the implementation of human rights were also discussed. 


    Representatives of the ECHR emphasised the progress achieved by Poland over the last couple of years. Not long ago it was in a group of countries with the highest number of pending cases. Now it has dropped down to  the 10th/11th  position in the ranking (with about 2000 cases, including inadmissible ones). The Polish supreme courts’ case-law based on the Convention principles and their support for the process of the execution of judgments played a crucial role in this regard. The importance of mutual dialogue between the Court and Poland’s highest judicial authorities was also stressed. 
     

    The participants were also informed about measures taken by the Court with a view to streamlining its procedures, the mechanisms applied by the Court to increase the consistency of its case-law as well as initiatives contributing to better dissemination of information on its judgments. During their visit to Strasbourg, Polish judges also met with Professor Krzysztof Wojtyczek, the Court judge elected in respect of Poland, and lawyers from the Polish section of the Court’s Registry. The visit also provided an opportunity for Polish judges to observe a hearing before the Grand Chamber of the Court in the case of Hassan v. United Kingdom. 
     

    The visit of 14 judges from Poland was organised by the Council of Europe in cooperation with the European Court of Human Rights and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland with the support of the Permanent Representation of Poland to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

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    with Ambassador Urszula Gacek
    with Ambassador Urszula Gacek

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