As closure event of the research project Prison Litigation Network on mechanisms of access to legal remedies for detained persons in European prisons, carried out by ten European NGOs and research centres alongside the association Prison Litigation Network, the PLN and partners of the project organised on 14 and 15 June 2016 a final conference at the European Court of Human Rights on the topic of The Protection of Rights of Detained Persons in Europe.
The president and three judges of the Court presented their view on the evolution of the jurisprudence. In another panel discussion, academics and members of NGOs discussed the conditions for taking account of ECtHR requirements in ten member states of the Council of Europe. Lastly, two inquiries made by the Court on two problematic aspects of the case law with regard to the defence of prisoners’ rights need to be recalled: on the one hand the virtual absence of European control over sentencing procedures and access to measures of adjustment of penalties, on the other hand the locus standi of NGOs before it (full programme of the conference to be downloaded here)
The minutes of the conference will be published in September 2017 by the “Revue des droits de l’homme”