OPINION No. 40 (1963)
on teaching and research in the field of Human Rights
Considering its Recommendation 286 of 28th April 1961, on the
creation of an International Institute of Human Rights ;
Considering the report of the Committee of Experts on Human
Rights, which has been submitted to it for an opinion by the
Committee of Ministers (Doc. 1557),
Expresses the following opinion :
1. The Assembly is gratified to see that the Committee of
Experts, sharing its opinion regarding the need for further
action in the field of human rights, believes "that the
promotion of knowledge and understanding of the European
Convention on Human Rights and of the work of the organs set
up by the Convention represents an important field of further
activity for the Council of Europe".
2. The Assembly regrets that the Committee of Experts was
unable fully to endorse the proposal to found an International
Institute of Human Rights.
3. The Assembly would like to know whether the obstacles to
the creation of an Institute of this kind independent of the
Council of Europe might not be overcome by setting up a Centre
for Human Rights within the Council itself.
4. The Assembly believes that in any event the proposals of
the Committee of Experts represent an absolute minimum and
should all be put into effect, as rapidly as possible.
5. As regards documentation, the Directorate of Human
Rights should, as stated by the Committee of Experts, continue
the collection of documentation relating to the Convention on
the lines already started, and any necessary credits
(particularly for the collection and translation of decisions
of national courts) should be granted.
6. As regards publications, the existing programme
should continue for the publication of the Yearbook,
the Manual, the Concise Handbook and the
Travaux préparatoires. Any necessary facilities should
be accorded for this purpose, particularly as regards typing.
7. As regards teaching, the Assembly agrees with
the Committee of Experts that study courses should be
organised at the Head-quarters of the Council of Europe. More
specifically, it proposes two courses per year of two weeks
for about thirty participants each. It also proposes that
every encouragement should be given to permit individual
lectures or courses of lectures to be given by members of the
Commission and the Court and by members of the Secretariat.
8. As regards research, the Assembly is of opinion that
much remains to be done.
As suggested by the Committee of Experts, there should be an
increase in the number of research fellowships awarded for
research in the field of human rights ; it is suggested
that two a year would be a suitable arrangement to start with.
9. As regards the library on human rights, the Assembly
proposes that steps should be taken to build up the collection
of books that will be required.
10. The Assembly recommends that the Committee of Ministers
should include in the budget for 1964 the credits necessary to
give effect to the above proposals.
. Assembly debate on 20th September
1963 (13th Sitting) (see Docs. 1557, request for an opinion,
and 1620, report of the Legal Committee).
Text adopted by the Assembly on 20th September 1963