International conference at the Supreme court
The international conference "Unified procedural code as a tool to exercise the right to a fair trial in civil and commercial disputes" was held on February 27, 2020 in Minsk. The event was organized by the Supreme court in cooperation with the OSCE ODIHR and the Council of Europe.
Ms Aleksandra Sytnyk, legal adviser of the Department for justice and legal cooperation of the Council of Europe, Head of the COE-EU joint project "Support for the implementation of judicial reform in the Republic of Belarus", took part in the plenary session of the conference and highlighted briefly the main outcomes of the project and upcoming presentations of the CoE experts, planned during the conference.
The Council of Europe expert Dr. Lorena Bachmaier, Full Professor of Law at the Civil and Criminal Procedure and Criminal Law Department of the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain), presented two reports on the following topics: "Challenges in the merging of the two codes of procedure" and "Appeals and extraordinary review in the merged code".
Dr. Remco van Rhee, the Council of Europe expert, Professor of Comparative Civil Procedure and Judicial System at the Faculty of Law of the Maastricht University, director of the program "Foundations and principles of civil procedure in Europe" of the Ius Commune Research School (the Netherlands), highlighted in his speech the European standard of the principle of loyal cooperation in civil and commercial litigation.
Ms Caroline Daly, the Council of Europe expert, Advisory Counsel at the Office of the Attorney General (Ireland), presented the principles governing good administration and their incorporation within a single framework regulating administrative procedure and civil and commercial procedure.
The conference was attended by more than 130 experts, scientists, representatives of the judicial systems of the Republic of Belarus and other countries.