9 December 2020 | Online Conference

70 Years of the European Convention on Human Rights

- Safeguarding Human Rights in Germany and Europe

The signing of the European Convention on Human Rights 70 years ago was a milestone for the protection of human rights in Europe. How can the rule of law and respect for human rights be secured and strengthened in the face of current challenges?


The European Convention on Human Rights is the heart of human rights protection in Europe. It has come to provide a solid foundation for our peaceful coexistence since being signed 70 years ago by the member states of the Council of Europe. The convention’s influence is not least due to the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights, which makes clear that human rights are an inseparable element of democracy and the rule of law.

In Europe and around the world, increasingly powerful political movements are calling into question human rights, the institutions and processes that uphold the rule of law, and the value of multilateral politics bound by rules and standards. How can the rule of law and the protection of human rights in Germany and in Europe be protected and strengthened in light of current challenges? Germany recently became Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe for the next six months and aims to help find answers to this question.

It will soon be discussed by speakers and panelists including Federal Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, President of the Federal Constitutional Court Stephan Harbarth, Secretary General of the Council of Europe Marija Pejčinović Burić and Director of the German Institute for Human Rights Beate Rudolf at the online conference “70 Years of the European Convention on Human Rights. Safeguarding Human Rights in Germany and Europe”. Be part of it!

Further information can be found at www.institut-fuer-menschenrechte.de/emrk, www.coe.int/en/web/presidency, www.europarat.diplo.de und www.echr.coe.int.

The recording of the event is available via the following link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi5lfoSiMQeRnLeLyYvy7pA