The ECHR at 70: The Central European Narrative

14. August 2023. 12:00

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the entry into force of the European Convention on Human Rights, the Central European Academy (CEA), together with the Ferenc Mádl Institute for Comparative Law (MFI), organized an international academic conference entitled "The ECHR at 70: the Central European Narrative" at the CEA headquarters in Budapest on 15-16 June 2023.

The aim of the conference was to illustrate the undisputed responsiveness and modernity of the Convention and to focus on the interpretative methods of the European Court of Human Rights, focusing on Central European countries (i.e., the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia).

The participants were welcomed by Dr. Róbert Répássy, Parliamentary Secretary of State of the Ministry of Justice and Prof. Dr. Tímea Barzó, Director-General of the CEA and Full Professor of the Department of Civil Law of our Faculty. The opening speeches were delivered by Prof. Dr. Péter Paczolay, Judge of the European Court of Human Rights, Prof. Dr. Erzsébet Sándor-Szalay, Deputy Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, Ombudsman for the Rights of National Minorities in Hungary, Prof. Dr. Paweł Czubik, Judge of the Polish Supreme Court and Dr. Zoltán Tallódi, Head of the Human Rights Department of the Ministry of Justice of Hungary.

Numerous professors and PhD students of our Faculty gave academic presentations at the event: Prof. Dr. Emőd Veress (Department of Commercial Law) on Central European restitution cases, Dr. Nóra Béres (Department of International and Comparative Law) on the human rights aspects of compulsory vaccination, while Dr. János Szinek (Deák Ferenc Doctoral School of Law and Political Sciences) discussed the online aspects of freedom of expression. In addition, Prof. Dr. János Ede Szilágyi (Department of Agricultural and Labour Law), Head of the MFI, Dr. Anikó Raisz (Department of International and Comparative Law), Secretary of State for the Environment and Circular Economy at the Ministry of Technology and Industry, and Dr. György Marinkás (Department of European and Private International Law) contributed to the lively academic discussions as moderators.

The conference highlighted the dominant role of the Convention in the Central European human rights discourse and its unique function in regional human rights protection.