On 11-12 April 2016, the European Implementation Network (EIN), with the support of the Consulate General of Sweden in Istanbul, convened its first meeting with civil society from across the Council of Europe (CoE) countries in Istanbul, Turkey. Over two days, 30 human rights lawyers from 23 litigating NGOs in 14 CoE countries shared their experiences and good practices in pressing for the implementation of European Court of Human Rights’ judgments. NGOs explored strategies to maximize their efforts and enhance their advocacy on implementation at the national level and with Strasbourg-based institutions.
“The meeting provided a good opportunity for us to present the work of the European Implementation Network to litigating NGOs from across the CoE and receive their input on the draft EIN strategy, which is primarily aimed at supporting and enhancing their implementation efforts", said Dr Başak Çalı, Director of Judgment Watch.
The participants collectively reviewed the proposed EIN’s program of work and revised the EIN strategy for 2016-2020, which was subsequently endorsed by individual partners.
The EIN meeting report summarizing the key discussions and findings on implementation can be found here.