The Council of Europe: The Conscience of the Continent
Rt Hon Terry Davis, Secretary-General, Council of Europe
Chair: Dr Julie Smith, Deputy Director of the Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge
On the 60th anniversary of the signing of the treaty establishing the Council of Europe, the speaker will explore the role of the Council, in monitoring the democratic standards, respect for the rule of law and observance of human rights legislation of its 47 member states. He will also consider the challenges the Council currently faces, which include the ongoing issue of rendition flights and the fall-out of the Russia-Georgia conflict.