Vienna, 19 March 2014 Press release

Media Information: Scientific Conference "Strengthening the Rule of Law in Europe" on 3 and 4 April 2014 at Innsbruck University

Vienna, 18 March 2014 – The Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs is to organise an academic conference on "Strengthening the Rule of Law in Europe – From a Common Concept to Mechanisms of Implementation" in cooperation with Innsbruck University to mark Austria's Chairmanship of the Council of Europe. The two-day conference at the University of Innsbruck will revolve around defining pillars for a common European principle on the rule of law and sounding out measures to be taken by the Union to ensure more targeted implementation of this principle in the EU member states. The conference aims to bridge the discussions led at Council of Europe level and deliberations on EU level about the European rule of law with presentations and lectures by leading international academics, high-level experts and representatives of international organisations as well as institutions and member states of the European Union.

The conference will be held against the background of the current discussion on establishing additional mechanisms to identify and remedy shortcomings in the rule of law at European Union level. Will it be possible to establish such additional mechanisms? And if the answer is yes, how are we to proceed? The following issues will be deliberated in the individual panels:

·         The origins and current role of the rule of law in Europe

·         Core elements of the rule of law

·         The Council of Europe's and the European Union's concepts of the rule of law

·         Mechanisms of implementing the rule of law in Europe

·         Implications of possible future mechanisms

For more detailed information on the conference and its programme please refer to the conference website:

If you are interested in participating, please register by 20 March on the conference website! 


Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Claudia Kluger, phone: +43 501150-3315, claudia.kluger(at)

Innsbruck University, Department of European Law and Public International Law, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Werner Schroeder, head of department, phone: + 43 512 507-8321, europarecht(at)

We look forward to seeing you in Innsbruck on 3 and 4 April 2014!

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