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Improving the knowledge of the European Convention on Human Rights

A seminar on the “Role of national parliaments in the implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human rights” was held in Warsaw on 13 February 2014 at the invitation of the Sejm and Senate of the Polish Parliament, with the cooperation of the PACE Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights.

This was the second in a series of seminars financed by the Human Rights Fund; the first having been held at the UK Parliament in London in October 2013.

The main objective of this series of seminars is to support parliamentarians in improving their knowledge of the European Convention on Human Rights and to implement the judgments of the Court effectively.

Further objectives are to consider the effectiveness of existing structures and mechanisms for the verification of Convention standards within national parliaments and to enable parliamentarians of different member states to share their experiences.

The seminar was held at a very opportune time as this topic has been widely discussed by the Polish Sejm following the establishment on February 5 2014 of a new Sub-Committee to deal with the execution by Poland of the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights.

The seminar was opened by Mr Halicki, the Chairperson of the Polish delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly, and Ms Prządka, Chairperson of the Justice and Human Rights Committee of the Sejm. Members of both chambers of the Polish Parliament participated in the event and an exchange of views was held with their counterparts from the Parliaments of Germany, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro and the Czech Republic.