CoE Conventions

Belarus is a party to a number of legal instruments of the Council of Europe (in the spheres of culture, education, law, fight against corruption and human trafficking, sport).


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European Cultural Convention

The purpose of this Convention is to develop mutual understanding among the peoples of Europe and reciprocal appreciation of their cultural diversity, to safeguard European culture, to promote national contributions to Europe's common cultural heritage respecting the same fundamental values and to encourage in particular the study of the languages, history and civilization of the Parties to the Convention.




European Convention on Information on Foreign Law

Under the terms of the Convention, the Parties undertake to supply information, when problems of foreign law arise into course of legal proceedings, concerning their law and procedure in civil and commercial fields as well as on their judicial system.




Additional Protocol to the European Convention on Information on Foreign Law

The Additional Protocol is designed to extend to the field of criminal law and procedure the system of international exchange of information established by the Convention.

The Protocol aims at eliminating economic obstacles to legal proceedings (in the field of legal aid and advice in civil and commercial matters), and to permit persons in an economically weak position more easily to exercise their rights.




Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats

The Convention aims to ensure conservation of wild flora and fauna species and their habitats. Special attention is given to endangered and vulnerable species, including endangered and vulnerable migratory species specified in appendices.




Anti-Doping Convention

The Convention lays down binding rules with a view to harmonising anti-doping regulations. The Convention contains a reference list of banned substances. A monitoring group specially set up for this purpose periodically re-examines this list and monitors the application of the Convention.

Signature: 12.09.2002,

ratification: 15.03.2006



Additional Protocol to the Anti-Doping Convention

The aim of the Protocol is to ensure the mutual recognition of doping controls and to reinforce the application of the Convention.

To this end, the Protocol ensures the recognition by States Parties to the Convention of doping controls carried out on sportsmen and women coming from the other States Parties to the Convention. This will obviate the need for the conclusion of multiple bilateral agreements and will increase the effectiveness of anti-doping controls. In the same spirit, the Protocol is the first instrument of international public law, which recognises the competence of the World Anti-Doping Agency to conduct out of competition controls.

Signature: 08.12.2016

Ratification: 10.01.2018



Convention on the recognition of qualifications concerning higher education in the European region

The Convention has been jointly drafted by the Council of Europe and UNESCO.

The Convention aims to facilitate the recognition of qualifications granted in one Party in another Party. It provides that requests should be assessed in a fair manner and within a reasonable time. The recognition can only be refused if the qualification is substantially different from that of the host country - and the onus is on its educational institution to prove that it is.




Criminal Law Convention on Corruption

The Criminal Law Convention on Corruption is an ambitious instrument aiming at the coordinated criminalisation of a large number of corrupt practices. It also provides for complementary criminal law measures and for improved international co-operation in the prosecution of corruption offences.

Signature: 23.01.2001

Ratification: 06.11.2007



Additional Protocol to the Criminal Law Convention on Corruption

This Protocol extends the scope of the Convention to arbitrators in commercial, civil and other matters, as well as to jurors, thus complementing the Convention’s provisions aimed at protecting judicial authorities from corruption. Parties to the Convention will have to adopt the necessary measures to establish, as criminal offences, the active and passive bribery of domestic and foreign arbitrators and jurors.

Signature: 23.01.2014

Ratification: 02.02.2015



Civil Law Convention on Corruption

It is the first attempt to define common international rules in the field of civil law and corruption. It requires Contracting Parties to provide in their domestic law "for effective remedies for persons who have suffered damage as a result of acts of corruption, to enable them to defend their rights and interests, including the possibility of obtaining compensation for damage" (art.1).

In ratifying the Convention, the States undertake to incorporate its principles and rules into their domestic law, taking into account their own particular circumstances.

Signature: 25.03.2004

Ratification: 15.03.2006



Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings

The Convention is a comprehensive treaty mainly focused on the protection of victims of trafficking and the safeguard of their rights. It also aims at preventing trafficking as well as prosecuting traffickers.

The Convention applies to all forms of trafficking; whether national or transnational, whether or not related to organised crime.



Partial agreements


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Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS)

EPAS provides a platform for intergovernmental sports co-operation between the public authorities of its member states. It also encourages dialogue between public authorities, sports federations and NGOs. This contributes to making sport more ethical, more inclusive and safer.

Member from 05.01.2009



Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes

The Agreement complies with the fundamental principles of the Council of Europe policy of the and establishes the certificate “Cultural Route of the Council of Europe”; It is open for entry of both the member states of the organization and non-member states of the Council of Europe which want to provide political support to national, regional and local initiatives in the field of cultural and tourism development.

Observer from 01.03.2020



The Group of States against Corruption (GRECO)





European Pharmacopoeia

The main aim is to ensure uniform standards for the quality control of medicines and substances used in the manufacture of medicines (for human use and veterinary medicine).

Observer from 09.01.2007



European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission)

It is an advisory body to the Council of Europe on constitutional issues.

The role of the Venice Commission is to provide legal advice to its member states and, in particular, to assist states wishing to bring their legal and institutional structures in line with European standards and international experience in democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

Associate member from 24.11.1994