CAHDI , formally the Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law , [1] is a committee of the Council of Europe .

It is an intergovernmental committee bringing together the legal advisers of the 47 member states of the Council as well as those observing states and organizations. [2] [3]

CAHDI meets twice a year. The last meeting was in Strasbourg on 21 to 22 September 2017.

The Committee has reviewed the issues of state succession and issues of recognition, [4] state immunity [5] [6] and the International Criminal Court . [7]


The Committee for the first time on 8 and 9 April 1991. It is the successor to the Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts on International Law. [8]

Stated aims

  • Develop the role of public international law
  • Share experience and practice through exchanges of views on topical issues [9]
  • Creating a framework for international co-operation, and the strengthening of the role and influence of the development of public international law by bringing legal advisers together to pool their experience [10]
  • Member states to adopt common standpoints.

Relevant texts

There are multiple texts which are relevant to the work of CAHDI, including European treaties , for instance the European Convention for the Peaceful Settlement of Disputes, [11] the European Convention on Consular Functions, [12]the Protocol concerning the Protection of Refugees, [13] The European Convention on the Protection of Human Rights in respect of Civil Aircraft, [14] the European Convention on the Abolition of Legalization of Documents executed by Diplomatic Agents or Consular Officers, [15] the European Convention on State Immunity [16] and its Additional Protocol [17] and Resolutions and Recommendations of theAs regards Resolution (64) 10 concerning the publication of digests of State practice in the field of public international law [18] or Resolution (68) 17 concerning a model plan for the classification of documents concerning State practice in the field of public international law. [19]


  1. Jump up^ CAHDI website Archived6 March 2008 at theWayback Machine.
  2. Jump up^ Bell, Imogen (2002). Central and South-Eastern Europe 2003 . Routledge. p. 720. ISBN  1-85743-136-7 .
  3. Jump up^ Rosenstiel, Francis; Lejard-Boutsavath, Edith; Martz, Jean-Jacques (2002). European Yearbook 2000 . Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. p. 76. ISBN  90-411-1844-6 .
  4. Jump up^ State Practice Regarding State Succession and Issues of Recognition, 1999,ISBN 90-411-1203-0
  5.  Archived19 January 2008 at theWayback MachineJump up ^State Immunities Database with related country profiles .
  6. Jump up^ State Practice Regarding State Immunities, Gerhard Hafner, Marcelo G. Kohen and Susan Breau, 2006,ISBN 90-04-15073-0
  7. Jump up^ International Courts and Tribunals
  8. Jump up^ Yearbook of the European Convention on Human Rights 1991 . Council of Europe. 1994 . Retrieved 2009-09-26 .
  9. Jump up^ For example: Implications of the European Convention on Human Rights for the Development of Public International Law, 2000,ISBN 92-871-4290-4and Treaty Making – Expression of Consent by States to be Bound by a Treaty, 2001,ISBN 90-411-1692-3
  10. Jump up^ Organization and functions of the Office of Legal Adviser in the Ministry for Foreign AffairsArchived19 January 2008 at theWayback Machine.
  11. Jump up^ ETS 023. Retrieved on 3 January 2012.
  12. Jump up^ ETS 061. Retrieved on 3 January 2012.
  13. Jump up^ ETS 061A. (4 October 2006). Retrieved on 3 January 2012.
  14. Jump up^ ETS 061B. (4 October 2006). Retrieved on 3 January 2012.
  15. Jump up^ ETS 063. Retrieved on 3 January 2012.
  16. Jump up^ ETS 074. Retrieved on 3 January 2012.
  17. Jump up^ ETS 074A. Retrieved on 3 January 2012.
  18. Jump up^ Resolution (64) 10 Archived19 June 2005 at theWayback Machine.
  19. Jump up^ Resolution (68) 17 Archived19 June 2005 at theWayback Machine.