2nd scientific-practical symposium “Decisions of international judicial and quasi-judicial authorities, dealing with human rights and national interests of states”

2nd scientific-practical symposium “Decisions of international judicial and quasi-judicial authorities, dealing with human rights and national interests of states” was held on 3 March 2017 in Minsk. The event was organized by public association “Society of International Law” in cooperation with the Council of Europe Information Point in Minsk and Human Rights Centre under the aegis of the Faculty of International Relations (Belarusian State University).

The symposium was attended by representatives of public authorities, officials and members of international institutions, public associations, practicing lawyers, as well as representatives of the academic community.

The issues concerning interpretation of the concept of national interests of a state, challenging issues related to the adoption and enforcement of decisions of judicial and quasi-judicial international human rights bodies: the European Court of Human Rights and the Human Rights Committee were considered in the format of the moderated discussion.

The chairman of the public association “Society of International Law”, professor of the Department of International Law of the Belarusian State University Dr Ludmila Pavlova presented the intervention on the concept of national interests of a state in the doctrine and in the interpretation of the UN International Court of Justice.

A member of the Executive Committee of the public association “Society of International Law”, senior lecturer of the Department of International Law of the Belarusian State University, Ms Ekaterina Kuznetsova made a presentation on the limits of treaty obligations of states within the framework of the Human Rights Committee activity.

The expert of the Council of Europe Dr Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou made a speech on the binding force of the European Court of Human Rights decisions.

Presented interventions aroused interest and gave rise to the discussion among participants.

A book “The First Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The scientific and practical commentary” of the professor of the Academic Department of Law of the European Humanities University, the retired judge of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Belarus Dr Alexander Vashkevich was also presented within the framework of the symposium.