On 3 January 2018, the European Implementation Network (EIN) opened its first physical office in Strasbourg. The office, which serves as the secretariat for Network members and partners across Europe, is located at the premises of René Cassin Foundation - International Institute of Human Rights. Based just across the street from the European Court of Human Rights, the office will allow the Network to better organize and undertake its activities in Strasbourg in support of members and partners, including engagement with Council of Europe entities and Permanent Representations of member states of the Council of Europe. The move was made possible thanks to Jean-Paul Costa, President of the René Cassin Foundation; Sébastien Touzé, the Foundation’s Director; and the rest of the Foundation team, who agreed to provide EIN with its own working space separate from the Foundation.
This move marks a new stage in EIN history. Initially conceived as a project of Judgment Watch, an organisation in Geneva dedicated to advocating the implementation of human rights judgments across the globe, EIN and the Open Society Justice Initiative began convening joint quarterly briefings in 2015 on judgments of the European Court of Human Rights for the Committee of Ministers, the Council of Europe body that supervises the implementation process. In January 2017, EIN was legally registered as an association in Strasbourg and the first EIN Director was hired in summer 2017.