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International Round Table




  • Mr Benedetto Della Vedova, Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy
  • Ms Marta Cartabia, Minister of Justice, Venice Commission, Italy


Venice Commission

  • Mr Gianni Buquicchio, Venice Commission Special Representative, Council of Europe 
  • Mr Richard Barrett, Former Deputy Director General, Office of the Attorney General, Ireland
  • Ms Renata Deskoska, Professor of Constitutional Law, University “Ss. Cyril and Methodius”, Law Faculty “Iustinianus Primus”, Former Minister of Justice, North Macedonia
  • Mr Josep Maria Castellà Andreu, University Barcelona, Spain
  • Mr Antonió Henriques Gaspar, Judge Councillor, Supreme Court of Justice, Former President of the Supreme Court and of the High Judicial Council, Portugal
  • Mr Martin Kuijer, Judge at the Supreme Court, the Netherlands
  • Mr Bertrand Mathieu, Senior Member of the Council of State, France
  • Mr Cesare Pinelli, Head of the Public Law Section, Legal Science Department, University La Sapienza, Rome, Italy
  • Ms Olesea Stamate, Chair of the Legal commission for appointments and immunities, Parliament, Republic of Moldova
  • Mr Kaarlo Tuori, Professor of Jurisprudence, Department of Public Law, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Ms Simona Granata-Menghini, Director, Secretary of the Venice Commission (DGI)

European Court of Human Rights

  • Mr Raffaele Sabato, Judge



  • Expert at the Chair of Private Law, University Federico II, Naples, since 1991
  • Judge, Tribunal of Naples, 1991-2012
  • Cooperation with Italy’s High Council for the Judiciary (CSM) in the field of initial and permanent training of judges (1996-2012), and Member of its Scientific Committee for Judicial Training (1998-2001)
  • Member (2000-2018), Vice-President (2004-2005), President (2006-2007) of the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) within the Council of Europe
  • Member (2012-2019), Member of the Executive Committee (2017-2019), European Law Institute (ELI), Vienna, Austria
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Italian School for the Judiciary, 2012-2015
  • Justice, Civil Chamber specialising in Tax Law, (2012-2016), Civil Chamber specialising in Property, Wills, Contracts and Supervision on Professionals and Financial Activities (2016-2019), Supreme Court of Cassation, Rome
  • Contact Person within the Italian judiciary for the EU Commission, 2013-2019
  • Judge of the European Court of Human Rights since 5 May 2019.

Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE)

  • Ms Anke Eilers, President of the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) ​
  • Presiding judge at the Court of Appeals in Cologne (Germany)
  • German Representative in the CCJE (2015), Member of the Bureau (2019) President - since 2021
  • Appointment as a judge at the Lower Court of Bonn (1993)
  • Administrative department of the courts (1995-1997)
  • Clerkship at the German Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe (1999-2002)
  • Appointment as a judge at the Court of Appeals in Cologne (2002)
  • State ministry of Justice in Düsseldorf (2006-2009)
  • Appointment as a presiding judge of the Court of appeals (2015)
  • Member of the working group “Quality” of CEPEJ (2014-2021)
  • Doctorate degree at the University of Bonn (Dr. Jur.) (1991)  


  • Ms Anne Sanders, CCJE Scientific Expert appointed by the Council of Europe 
  •  Anne Sanders holds a Chair for civil law, company law,
    the law of family businesses and  comparative judicial studies
    at the University of Bielefeld.


European Network of the Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ)


Council of Europe Secretariat

  • Mr Christos Giakoumopoulos, Council of Europe, Director General, Directorate of Human Rights and the Rule of Law (DGI)
  • Director General of Human Rights and Rule of Law of the Council of Europe since 1 August 2017. 
  • Director of Human Rights from 2011 to 2017 and also the Secretary General’s Advisor for Ukraine from June 2014 to September 2016; Director of Monitoring in the same Directorate General between 2006 and 2011. 
  • Before joining the Directorate of Human Rights, General Counsel and Director General for Legal and Administrative Affairs of the Council of Europe Development Bank (Paris). 
  • Since joining the Council of Europe in 1987, he held posts in the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights and the Directorate of Legal Affairs. He was Deputy Executive Secretary of the Venice Commission (1994-2002) and Director of the Office of the first Commissioner for Human Rights, Alvaro Gil Robles (2002-2004).




  • Ms Nina Betetto, Judge of the Supreme Court of Slovenia, former President of the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE)




  • Apponted judge of the District Court in Ljubljana, Head of the Civil Department in 1997.
  • Judge of the Supreme Court of Slovenia since 2006. 
  • Vice-President of the Supreme Court (2011-2017).
  • was the President of the Civil Section of the Slovenian Judges Association and the President of the Civil Law Study Commission of the International Association of Judges.
  • GRECO evaluator in 2012.
  • appointed to the Bureau of the CCJE in 2013, in 2018 became the Vice-President and in 2020 the CCJE President.
  • has been the Head of the Steering Committee of a global project for the Slovenian justice which was awarded a CEPEJ 'Crystal Scale of Justice' prize in 2019.
  • Her academic work, since becoming judge, has included international expertise on various aspects of civil law and mediation. She also serves as a mediator in a court-annexed mediation programme. She has published widely in the field of civil justice and mediation in Slovenia and abroad.


  • Mr Sheriff Alastair Brown, Judge, GRECO evaluator, UK
  • Alastair Brown is a first instance judge in the Sheriffdom of Tayside, Central and Fife, Scotland. He has jurisdiction in both civil and criminal cases but criminal business accounts for about 90% of his judicial work and about half of that involves presiding at trials in serious cases. Before he was appointed to the bench, he was a senior prosecutor and then, for a short time, defence counsel. He holds a PhD in transnational criminal law, is the editor of Scottish Criminal Case Reports and is the author of several textbooks on aspects of criminal law, including corruption. He has been a GRECO evaluator since 2002 and has participated in approximately ten evaluations.


  • Ms Nazibrola Janezashvili, Director of the Georgian Court Watch, former lay member of the Judicial Council, Georgia


  • Georgian Court Watch, Director, founder;  
  • High Council of Justice of Georgia;
  • Trainer/expert at the European-Georgian Institute, Eastern European Centre for Multiparty Democracy (EECMD), International Republic Institute (Georgia) and the Multinational Georgia; 
  • Director of the judges association "Unity of Judges of Georgia";
  • Caucasus University School of Law, Tbilisi, Georgia, PhD candidate in law.
  • Ms Małgorzata Szuleka, Secretary of the board, Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, Poland
  • Małgorzata Szuleka is head of advocacy at the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (HFHR) in Warsaw, Poland.
  • Since the onset of Poland’s constitutional crisis in 2015, she has documented the attacks on independent institutions, including courts and civil society organizations. Her research and advocacy focus on issues of the independence of the judiciary, threats to the rule of law and democratic backsliding, as well as the shrinking civil society space. Her work has been a source of authoritative information and a point of reference for the media and international audiences.
  • As one of HFHR’s leading lawyers, since 2009, she has headed the organization’s research, among others, in cooperation with the European Agency for Fundamental Rights, on a range of other subjects, such as access to justice, fair trial and the rights of vulnerable groups, e.g. children, persons with disabilities, migrants and women.
  • Mr Evegenii Staykov, Judge at Court of Appeal, former judicial member of the Supreme Council of Magistracy, Bulgaria


Judge at Bulgarian Supreme Court of Cassation

  Previous posts:

  • President of Sofia Court of Appeals from 1998 to 2009
  • Member of the Supreme Judicial Council of Bulgaria from 2003 to 2007
  • President of Sofia City Court from 1994 to 1998
  • Judge at Sofia City Court from 1992 to 1994
  • President of the Third District Court - Sofia from 1991 to 1992
  • Judge at the First District Court - Sofia from 1988 to 1991
  • Ms Naureda Llagami, Chairperson of the High Judicial Council, Albania
  • Present position: Chairperson of the High Judicial Council; Main areas of expertise include rule of law, court administration, comparative legal analyses, and first-hand experience in drafting legislation;
  • Extensive knowledge related to the organizational structures and administration of Judicial Councils, court administration, career of judges including selection, appointment, evaluation and promotion procedures, disciplinary liability of judges etc.
  • Member of the Albanian Bar Association since 2002;
  • Ms Lene Sigvardt, Vice-President, Danish Association of Justices, Denmark 

  • City judge since first of January 2009 
  • Deputy judge before that since January 1995
  • Member of the board of the danish association of judges and a member of the international association of judges, co-president of the third study commission (criminal law).


  • Ms Ana Gallego Torres, Director General, DG Justice and Consumers, European Commission



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