Copenhagen, Elsinore and the Future of Europe: Assessing the Danish Chairmanship of the Council of Europe

Palais de l'Europe in Strasbourg

On May 18th, 2018, Denmark will pass on the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. This conference will assess what has been achieved during the Danish Chairmanship – and what can still be achieved at the final high-level conference in Elsinore where the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the 47 member states will meet and are scheduled to adopt a decision on the future of the Council of Europe. The conference will focus on the priorities of the Danish Chairmanship, which all seek to develop an agenda for the future of the Council of Europe – and the future of Europe. These include:

  • Reform of the European Court of Human Rights and the Copenhagen Declaration
  • Equal opportunities
  • Involvement of children and young people in democracy
  • Changing attitudes and prejudices about persons with disabilities
  • Combating torture

17 May 2018, 13:30 – 16:30 followed by a reception

Venue: Nanna Berg Auditorium, 1st floor, room 9A-1-01, Njalsgade 76, DK-2300 Copenhagen S 


For participation in the event please use this registration form no later than 16 May 2018, 12:00.


13:30 – 13:45 Minister of Foreign Affairs Anders Samuelsen: Opening of the conference and presentation of the Danish priorities and results
13:45 – 15:00 Panel 1: The Copenhagen Declaration and the challenges to human rights in contemporary Europe
  • Ingo Venzke, Director of the Amsterdam Centre for International Law
  • Roisin Pillay, Director of the European Regional Programme, International Commission of Jurists (ICJ)
  • Jonas Christoffersen, Director the Danish Institute for Human Rights
15:00 – 15:15 Break
15:15 16:30

Panel 2: The Elsinore Decision and the Future of the Council of Europe

  • Tobias Elling Rehfeld, Under-Secretary for Legal Affairs, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Trine Christiansen, Secretary General, Amnesty International, Denmark
  • Mikael Rask Madsen, Director of iCourts, University of Copenhagen
16:30  17:00 Reception

Louise Halleskov Storgaard, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Law, Aarhus University

iCourts, the Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre of Excellence for International Courts, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen in collaboration with the Danish Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the International Commission of Jurists and the Danish Institute for Human Rights