Embassy to Bulgaria and the Center for
the Study of Democracy jointly organized a lecture by Lord Slynn of
Hadley, hosted by His Excellency Ian Soutar, UK Ambassador to
Bulgaria, on May 7, 2002.
Lord Slynn of Hadley delivered a lecture on
"The Role of the Judges and Their Work on Human Rights in Europe".
Lord Slynn has practised as a barrister, including a period as
Junior Counsel to the Treasury and as Queen's Counsel, before
becoming a High Court Judge and President of the Employment Appeals
Tribunal. Lord Slynn was appointed an Advocate General at the
European Court of Justice in 1981 and a Judge of that Court in
1988. He has been a Lord of Appeal since 1992.
Lord Slynn made a historical review of the
development of the European systems for protection of human rights
explaining the absence of a uniform system with the different
approaches of each of the European countries as regards to the
human rights enforcement. He also highlighted the European
Convention on Human Rights, and its development, as the first
important legally binding instrument for the European states.
Lord Slynn stressed on the individual rights
and freedoms, incorporated for the first time in the Charter of
Fundamental Rights, which will eventually become part of the
European treaties, such as the right for protection of personal
data, the protection of the intellectual property and the
prohibition of any discrimination based on genetic grounds.
The lecture, followed by a discussion, was
attended by representatives of the government, among them Ms.
Miglena Tacheva, Deputy Minister of Justice, and Justice Dimitar
Gochev, Constitutional Court, MPs, the judiciary, representatives
of foreign missions, academics, NGOs and journalists.